Despite chilly temperatures, close to 20 Girl Scout troops gathered on Saturday morning at River Community Church in Prairieville to learn how to sell cookies, make proper change and stay safe during door-to-door cookie sales.

Activities of the day included photo booths, cookie booth role play, goal setting, money management games and cookie identification activities.

Every activity was centered around educating the girls about the products they were selling and teaching them how to sell cookies and stay safe while doing it.

Throughout the day, the girls were educated on safety through games like “Cookieland” where they were quizzed on basic selling safety questions.

Kim Breaux, the 44-year-old leader of Troop 10086, was happy to have a venue for her girls to learn about the importance of safety in the selling process.

“Girl Scouts have specific safety rules, like Daisies, which are our kindergartners and first-graders, don’t do booth sales, they just take the pre-order sheet to family and friends," Breaux said. "In every Girl Scout Handbook there are also safety rules about how you should never go on a sale by yourself, and you should always have a parent with you.”

Breaux is thankful for the real world skills her girls were able to work on throughout the day of the rally, such as how to make proper change for cookie sales, how to make a sale and goal setting for how many boxes they wanted to sell.

“It’s all about empowering girls and teaching them how to live in today’s society," Breaux said. "Girl Scouts is all about teaching the girls to be responsible adults in today’s world.”

Michelle Cormett, a 38-year-old mom from Prairieville and former Girl Scout, was excited to bring her 7-year-old daughter, Claire Cormett to the event to do some mother-daughter bonding.

“My husband and son are both involved in Cub Scouts, so we made this into mother-daughter time, plus she gets to build better relationships with her friends and learn fun things," Cormett said. "I like that the event teaches them how to manage money, how to meet and talk with their customers, and how to sell the cookies.”

Claire Cormett seemed to enjoy the event as well, especially learning about the different types of cookies.

“I like it because you can have fun and eat cookies" Claire said. "We just learned a whole bunch about what the cookies are made out of, and my favorite one is the Caramel Delight.”

Although Aline Jacobs' adult daughter left the Girl Scouts long ago, she has continued to work the Cookie Rally and other local events because she believes in the Scouts' mission.

“I started volunteering almost 30 years ago, and I believe in the program and what they do for girls," Jacobs said. "I’ve done it for so long that I’ve seen results. In my own daughter, I’ve seen it give her the desire and the drive to excel at everything she’s done. We build girls of courage, confidence and character who can stand up and speak for themselves, which I think is really important today.”

Tracy Yos is the Assistant Troop Leader to Troop 10449 and has a daughter who has been a scout since kindergarten.

Yos is optimistic that the skills the girls learn now will one day translate into them excelling in the real world.

“We want them to know the safety rules before they go out to sell the cookies, but we also want them to learn money management skills because one day they could become entrepreneurs and start a business of their own," she said. "We also want them to learn how to give back to the community. We try to build girls with character, confidence, and courage that have high self-esteem and are more willing to step out of their comfort zone to be leaders.”

This year’s cookie sale will last from Jan. 13 to March 12.

For more information about the cookie sale, contact Girl Scouts Louisiana East at (504) 733-8220.