Parents selling kids' Girl Scout Cookies 'unethical'?

Lawton_A lot of good parents help their kids when it comes to fundraisers - they take their children's fundraising orders from coworkers for candles, cookies, and candy without the kids.  However, some say that having parents take those order forms to the office and do all of the work without the kids defeats the purpose.

Around this time of year we anticipate the knock at the door from the Girl Scout selling cookies, but these days there are fewer of those knocks.  More and more, parents are helping to sell their girls' cookies at work - which is not a bad thing.  "The Girl Scout organization encourages parents to assist their daughters in reaching their goals," said Western Oklahoma Girl Scouts Representative Kate Hicks.

However, what is bad is when parents take it too far.  The Girl Scouts says that selling the cookies is not only about fundraising, rather it teaches children lifelong lessons.  "They learn about goal setting, they learn about money management, money handling skills, customer service," said Hicks.  When parents do all of the work, some say kids miss out on learning those life skills.  "The child does need to experience what it is that is going to be in their real life in the future," said parent Jean Williams.  "That's how it is going to be when you go out in the real world.  The selling itself - the fundraising - I think it is for kids, by kids, and they should do it."

Parents bring fundraising items to work to sell for their kids all of the time, and when it comes to selling some say there should be no exception.  Parents such as Paul Brown say that kids are so busy these days that it's harder for them to carve out the time to sell their cookies.  "Kids have extracurricular activities, homework, parents are working hard trying to support their families," he said.  "That doesn't always make time for them to go door to door."

Another parent suggests a compromise.  "Just bring the kids with them when they come to the office where they are going to sell it, and just let the kids tell the employees why they are selling them, and what the cause is for," said LaFonda Crowder.  The Girl Scouts agree with Crowder.  "If a parents takes it to work and gets an order, we encourage the daughters to at least go with the parent to deliver their cookies, so that when the cookies are delivered the girls get he customer service of delivering the cookies to the person," said Hicks.

According to the Girl Scouts, in western Oklahoma alone, they sold 75,000 boxes of cookies last year.  They say that if they stay on that track they will surpass that number this year.