Two Girl Scouts in Minnesota capitalized on a rare business opportunity recently.
Inga Heinecke, 10, loaded boxes of Girl Scout cookies onto a sled and sold the treats to unsuspecting ice fisherman living in small cabins on the lake this week.
Ice anglers, fishermen who sit on a stool and fish through a small hole in the ice, come to Chisago Lake every year to catch bluegill, largemouth bass, northern pike and walleye.
This year, Heinecke decided to target the fishermen in an effort to sell the limited-edition cookies.
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On her first day selling, she sold 30 boxes. Girl Scout cookies, only available to purchase at specific times during the year, sell for about $4 per box.
The Girl Scouts of the United States of America, a national non-profit girls leadership group, sells about 200 million boxes of their trademark cookies every year, bringing in about $700 million in revenue.
Selling Girl Scout cookies teaches the group's members skills and strategies to succeed in later enterprises, according to the Girl Scouts of the United Sates of America website.
By Girl Scouts selling the cookies, the national organization said they hope their young members learn five goals needed to succeed: goal setting, money management, people skills, decision-making and business ethics.
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Realizing the success of her strategy, Heinecke said she asked her friend Ruby to help sell more boxes the next time she ventured onto the ice.
The girls put more cookies on their sled later in the week, walked across the ice and knocked on the doors of the ice houses to pitch and sell their product.
Within the first 10 minutes, the two 10-year-old girls had sold 10 more boxes.
The cookies are sold during a brief six- to eight-week time period because the Girl Scouts engage in other leadership activities during the course of the year, according to the Girl Scout website.