Guide bis­cuits a hit 60 years on

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - ELEANOR WENMAN

It’s that time of year again for the Girl Guides.

Groups of girls have been knock­ing on doors and set­ting up stalls in su­per­mar­ket carparks to sell their sig­na­ture bis­cuits.

This year marks the 60th an­niver­sary of the bis­cuits be­ing sold in New Zealand.

Six-year-old Kather­ine Clover from Lower Hutt has been sell­ing bis­cuits door-to-door for the Girl Guides and said the best way of sell­ing them was by ‘‘us­ing your man­ners’’.

A ‘‘please’’ and ‘‘thank you’’ went a long way in the bis­cuit busi­ness, she said.

To pre­pare for door knock­ing, the girls ran through some prac­tice at their reg­u­lar ses­sions dur­ing the week, by pre­tend­ing to sell to one an­other.

Six-year-old Emma John­ston had a go at her ses­sion last week.

‘‘It was fun,’’ she said. ‘‘I went be­hind the desk, pre­tend­ing and knocked on the ta­ble.’’

Ear­lier last week the girls were out at Count­down Pe­tone with their stall.

They set up shop at 9am and while sales were slow in the morn­ing, they picked up later in the day.

Boxes of bis­cuits had also been dropped off at com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions like Ro­tary clubs, as well as the girls do­ing the door-knock­ing rounds.

Bis­cuit-sell­ing sea­son also gives the girls an op­por­tu­nity to earn a bis­cuit badge. To get one, the groups made some sim­ple snacks like bis­cuit balls us­ing ba­sic in­gre­di­ents.

Lower Hutt lo­cal co-or­di­na­tor Michelle Cheese­man said the bis­cuits were great learn­ing tools for the girls as they also learned about per­sonal safety while out sell­ing, money skills and per­sonal con­fi­dence.

The bis­cuit recipe has re­mained un­changed since it was first de­vel­oped and sold 60 years ago, Girl Guides chief ex­ec­u­tive Su­san Cole­man said.

Bis­cuit-sell­ing was a great op­por­tu­nity for the girls to learn about busi­ness as well.

‘‘Guide Bis­cuits are eas­ily the largest girl-led busi­ness in New Zealand. The girls help de­cide where to sell them, man­age the money and de­velop peo­ple skills and pos­i­tive busi­ness ethics,’’ Cole­man said.

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Sam Gib­son and Cordy Banks from the Wai­whetu Pip­pins in Lower Hutt set up their stall.

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