Girls Scouts of Central Texas
About Cookie CEO’S:
A year long program focused on either leadership or service through
The program can be repeated to help you earn your age level Leadership Award
pin or your community service bar in Girl Scouting. You must have completed
your Service Bar through the Cookie Captain Program to participate.
You will have the option to choose a service or leadership project that has been
done in years past (running an event) or create your own project (making a
video to help train Cookie Captains for the next year) to earn your award. Both
of these options required a certain number hours of logged
leadership or service activities.
All projects must be approved by the Product Program Team.
Goals of This Training:
This training will give you a better understanding of
some common leadership skills and styles. This will set
you up for success when you step into a leadership
role during your projects.
You will learn more about the program, set goals and plan your
project during this training.
If you have any questions
about the training or the
projects that you can do,
ask your trainer or e-mail
Cadette Cookie CEOs
Read Chapter Two of the Cadette Handbook
Complete the Leadership IP (we’ll work on one
during this training)
Demonstrate Skills in at Least 2 Settings
through projects that total 25 Hours of
Projects must last at least three hours
4 Hours of Training
At least 25 hours of
Can get hours from
mentoring younger troops
30 hours of required leadership
Must complete two different activities for
a minimum of 3 hours each
All projects must be approved by the
Product Program Team.
Hours must be logged on the provided
Leadership vs Service Hours
If you are trying to earn your Leadership Award pin, you have to log
leadership hours. These are different than service hours because you
have to take on an active leadership role.
What’s an “active leadership role?”
Well – Scouts earning leadership hours should take part in every
aspect of the project that they are doing. If you are thinking about
planning an event, you should: talk to your Service Unit Director about
holding an event, help find a location, reserve the event kit, go
through the kit and see what other supplies you will need, help set up,
run either the whole event (like a Cookie Captain Training) or part of it
(a specific booth at a Cookie Rally,) help clean up and return the kit
back to Council.
To complete leadership hours, you will need to set goals and see a
project all the way through from start to finish.
How to Keep Track Of Your Hours
Both Service and
Leadership CEOs will
use this hour card to
keep track of their
hours. All hours need
to be dated and
signed off on by an
adult who is present
at the time hours
(Your parents cannot
sign off on your
hours.) Please make
sure to provide a
phone number so that
the Product Program
team can get in touch
with the adult.
To Mentor or Not to
Cadettes can mentor during their
leadership hours but they cannot mentor
for more than half of their required hours.
Cadettes must take on a leadership role if
they are helping with events. They must
either help to plan the event, run a booth or
a game or do a presentation for those in
Seniors/Ambassadors who are trying to earn their
Community Service Bar for Contributions to Girl Scouting
can mentor for their full 25 hours of service.
Seniors/Ambassadors who are trying to earn their
Leadership Award Pins cannot get more than half their
hours from mentoring.
Scouts trying to earn their Burgundy Bar cannot mentor for
more than 5 hours.
Leadership Project Ideas!
Run a Cookie Captain Training
Produce a video on Cookie Captains
Run an event like Operation Cookie Pack or a Cookie
Run Corporate Sales
Run a cookie publicity campaign
Organize a Cookie Drive for your favorite charity
Organize the booth locations for your service unit
Create your own project!
The Seven Qualities of a
Anyone, anywhere can be called on to leader. Good
leaders all share the some of same qualities. They can:
Shape visions and goals
Help groups make decisions and achieve goals
Attract, support and defend the work of a
Collaborate with other groups
Delegate tasks and responsibilities
Why the Seven Qualities are Important to
YouAs a Cookie CEO, you are being called on to lead. You
serve as an example to younger girls of what it
means to be a Girl Scout.
Through the Cookie CEO program, you have the
opportunity to learn more about yourself, your own
leadership style and how to work well with others to
motivate and support them to achieve a common
As a Cookie CEO, it is important to set S.M.A.R.T.
goals to help you ensure success with both your
cookie sales and your project!
S.M.A.R.T Goals are:
S – Specific
M – Measureable
A – Attainable
R – Realistic
T - Timely
The “S” in S.M.A.R.T. Goals stands
Specific is the “What,” Where” and
“Why?” of Setting smart goals.
Think about specific goals when planning your project. What
are you going to do? Host an event? Run a training for Cookie
Captains? Make a Video?
Where are you going to do your event? In your hometown? In
another town within your service unit?
Why is your project important? Will it make your service unit
better? Will you learn something from doing it?
MM stands for measureable.
People have said, if you can’t measure it –
you can’t manage it. Imagine trying to put
together an event and not asking people to
RSVP to let you know they were coming.
What would happen if you had 600 show
up? What would happen if you had 3 people
show up? Do little things like as for an
RSVP, so you know how many people are
coming to make your goal easier to see.
The “A” stands for Attainable. This is important
in goal setting because you want to stretch your
limits but set yourself up for success. Plan on
your goal stretching you beyond what you
would normally do but something that you can
realistically accomplish in 25 or 30 hours.
For example: Set a goal to make a 5 minute
movie in 25 hours is attainable. This gives you
time to plan, film your movie and edit. If you are
trying to film a 2 and a ½ hour movie, you
wouldn’t have time to write the script and film,
let alone finish the whole movie.
R “R” stands for realistic.
If you think about it, do you think it’s
possible to get all of your service or
leadership hours in a week? Is it possible to
sell 10,000 cookies by yourself door to
door? This is where the “R” in SMART
Set goals that you know you can achieve,
but keep the bar high. You’ll feel better
about your project if you have done
something that pushed you to try new
T “T” stands for timely
Timely goals are important. We all know how easy it to is
to say we are going to do something and then start putting
it off and putting it off. Then suddenly, its due tomorrow!
For your goal to happen, its important to keep your
timeline in mind. Remember when hours cards are due
) and plan your time line accordingly.
Remember to keep the rest of your life in mind too. It can
be hard to find the time to do service hours if you have a
huge test coming up.
Communication – More Important
Than You Think
Once you have set a SMART Goal, it’s important to communicate
what you are going to go effectively. During the later sessions,
communication will be covered in greater detail. But here are
1 – Listen to more than what you are saying.
2 – Clarify what you are trying to say
3 – Don’t assume anything.
Everyone has different leadership styles. Some people
are outgoing and love to talk in front of groups. Others
would prefer to hang out in the background and run
things behind the scenes.
Both of these styles are important can make signaficant
contributions to projects.
This is something that will explore in one of the