An active volunteer in her community, Stacy Stine Cary contributes her time to such family and child-focused groups as the Parent Education Committee and the Child Abuse Prevention Center. Stacy Cary also works to empower young women by volunteering for the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas.
Since its humble beginnings in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the Girl Scout Cookie Program has encouraged the development of leadership and entrepreneurial skills in girls ages 5 through 18. The program gives cookie sellers five key skills: setting and working towards goals; managing money; making decisions; communicating well; and developing a strong foundation in business ethics. According to a study conducted in 2012, more than half of all Cookie Program participants showed measurable growth in all five areas.
Because the Cookie Program welcomes Girl Scouts of all ages, even the youngest Daisy Scouts learn to talk to customers, work well together, and manage group funds responsibly. They learn about the hard work that goes into making money, and experience first-hand the results of their efforts. When they meet their goals, Girl Scouts can use their cookie revenues to pay for field trips, camps, and other exciting activities. This teaches them that business management and entrepreneurship contribute to success in other areas.