Re: Trail's End Popcorn
Gail Branum (branum@AONE.COM)
Tue, 2 Apr 1996 23:25:13 -0800
>It is much more difficult to tell an little 8 year old in uniform "no" than
>it is a gangling teenager. I've seen this principle at work!
>I wonder, does it work for/against Girl Scouts as well?
As the mother of a 6'1" Girl Scout that is only 13 years old.......YES! As
early as 5th grade she was getting remarks such as, "Aren't you a little too
BIG for Girl Scouts?" On the flip side, when she was a "cute" Brownie,
people expected her to act more mature than her 7 or 8 years dictated so
that also worked against her. Only the Brownie uniform "saved" her, since
that was the only indication she was as young as she was.
One other thing, though....there's a girl in my own troop that DID top her
best in Girl Scout Cookies this year, though. 623 boxes and a 7th grader.
I think the sales for both organizations help those with a knack for selling
develop and fine-tune it to almost a *science*.
We all may hate dealing with product sales and the headaches that go along
with it, but for some kids this may be the valuable life skill they learn in
Scouts?! For the rest of us non-sales people, though, I guess until the
money-tree in the back yard gets into full production stage, we will all
have to grin and bear it as a necessary "evil" to help provide quality
programs to today's youth. It's too bad that as they get older and things
get harder to sell, the cost of providing that program seems to
increase...or does it just seem that way? ;-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City