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Girl Scout Cookie Marketing Tactic #420

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Back when I was in elementary school, I joined the Boy Scouts of America.  I learned many skills while on the team such as making a fire, understanding general direction, folding the flag properly, and other things.  One of my main tasks was selling popcorn to potential customers.  It was one of my first instances of learning about the business world by going door-to-door and selling popcorn for people.  There were many times where people didn’t buy anything from me, but I did learn some good lessons about business.

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While Boy Scouts had the popcorn drive, the Girls Scouts sell cookies for their organization.  Girl Scouts all across the country promote the famous Girl Scout Cookies around their neighborhood.  The types of cookies that they feature are S’mores, peanut butter, and even thin mint.

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Like the popcorn sales, the Girl Scout Cookie drive is the perfect way of teaching young girls about the business world.  Girl Scouts are learning useful skills that would help them prepare for such career paths like advertising, public relations, marketing, journalism, and other fields of communication.  These types of skills will be necessary if girls need a leg up in the competition.  One Girl Scout went above and beyond her call of duty with her marketing strategy of selling her cookies near… a CANNABIS DISPENSARY.

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Image result for Urbn Leaf San Diego

A Girl Scout decided to set up her wagon near Urbn Leaf, a recreational cannabis dispensary located in San Diego.  The results?  Over 300 boxes of cookies sold in just SIX hours!

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What makes this even better was that she was still following the organization’s rules.  The girl scout set up her wagon with her father and technically she was off of the property, so no rules were broken.  It may have been a bold strategy, but she made out very well in the end.

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Urbn Leaf is a medical and recreational dispensary located on 1028 Buenos Avenue.  It is one of many recreational dispensaries currently open in San Diego.  The recreational shop sells an assortment of flowers, capsules, topicals, edibles, concentrates, vape cartridges, and other cannabis accessories.  Another location is open at Golden Hill/South Park area at 3385 Sunset Street and another shop is set to open downtown at 3500 Estudillo Street.

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This marketing strategy is absolutely GENIUS.  It’s simple, yet clever at the same time – set up a table near a cannabis dispensary to sell cookies for potential customers.  Customers get the munchies after consuming some cannabis, so they will stop by a table to buy a box (or more) of some delicious Girl Scout Cookies.  People will enjoy some Girl Scouts Cookies after purchasing some GIRL SCOUT COOKIES at Urbn Leaf!

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That marketing strategy will take her very far in life.  The Girl Scout Cookie and Boy Scouts popcorn drive teaches kids the very basics of business.  They may not know it now, but those days of going door-to-door to sell products will come very handy in the future.  Kids will learn about the true meaning of entrepreneurship (both the good and bad parts!).

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Take a close look, communications professionals – THAT girl will be the one brainstorming amazing ideas for many businesses.  She hasn’t even started middle school yet (let alone high school!) and she is already demonstrating incredible skills in marketing.  This is the kind of competition we got going on from our future generation.

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Who knows what the future holds for the brilliant girl scout in San Diego.  Hopefully she pursues a career in marketing because she would make an incredible business woman.

If any boy scout or girl scout is having trouble selling their products, learn a lesson from the girl scout in San Diego and sell your cookies/popcorn near a cannabis dispensary.

A Secret Category Approaches Clue #3

It’s been more than a week since Thanksgiving ended and we’ve had some good stories cranking out at MakeSandcastlesNotWar.  Things have been pretty normal so far, slipping back to the old routine for the days ahead.  There hasn’t been much excitement in this sluggish week and…OH MY GOD!  It’s an empty bottle!

ANOTHER bottle has entered our office!  It was filled with a note inside, just like the last two we have received.  The bottle was smashed open in order to check out the note.  This note said, “Activision released Pitfall! for the Atari 2600 game system on April 20th, 1982”.

Ok then, so our newest clue talks about Activision releasing Pitfall! for Atari 2600 over 14 years ago.  There’s already a post about a Crash Bandicoot reboot title being released next year.  Could this clue have something to do with Crash Bandicoot?  How come this clue switched from relating to music to becoming about video games?  What is the answer to ANY of this?

Well then, here’s the research that has been dug up about the latest clue.  Pitfall! was a platform game released for the Atari 2600 from Activision.  Players control Pitfall Harry as he navigates a jungle and collects treasures along the way.  Such treasures that are found in the game included bags of money, gold/silver bars, and diamond rings.  You must avoid any obstacles or hazards that come in your way of your journey.

The game received much praise after its release, becoming one of the best-selling titles for the Atari 2600 (over 4 million copies were sold when it was released!).  It is widely regarded as helping to define the side-scrolling platform genre.  Pitfall! also made the #1 video game on the Billboard for 64 weeks straight.  This game helped generate huge success to the Atari 2600 console.

Atari released the Atari 2600 on September 11th, 1977.  The Atari 2600 popularized the use of microprocessor-based hardware and ROM cartridges that contained game code.  It was typically bundled with 2 joystick controllers, a conjoined pair of paddle controllers, and a game cartridge (first it was Combat, but was replaced with Pac-Man later on).  While the Atari 2600 has been discontinued for 14 years, you can still find most of these games to play online.  Things were running smoothly for the Atari 2600, until the video game crash of 1983 occurred.

Let’s rally up all of our clues together:  First we had a note about an All-Star Concert held in memory of Freddie Mercury that took place on April 20th, 1992 (read here).  A week later, we got another message about Barbara Streisand recording We’ve Only Just Begun on April 20th, 1971 (read more on this clue here!).  Now we have some message about Pitfall! being released for Atari 2600.  Two clues about music, one on a video game release, and yet NO answers that would crack the case.

What is the connection of all three clues?  Why was a video game release thrown into the mix of this puzzle?  And what’s the significance of these dates?  Stay tuned because ALL of the answers will be revealed in just TEN days!

My Adventures at the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum

Boston is always the best city to wander around during the Spring and Summer time.  Lots of pop-up events happen once the weather gets warmer.  Yesterday I went out to one of the pop-up events at the Boston’s Children’s Museum, or what was formerly called Boston’s ‘Grown-Up’ Museum.

The Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum opened on Thursday at 6-9 p.m.  Young adults ranging from 20-30 years old entered the museum for an action-packed night full of fun.  Patrons were challenged to show off their expert corn hole skills, hurl fast balls at the speed pitch game, and even take the last giant Jenga block without letting the tower fall down!  People also raced to the top in the three-story Climb, a big netted play area to climb up on.  Climbing up that play areas was hard for me because I didn’t have the energy like I used to when I was a kid!



Food and drinks were provided for the ‘grown-ups’ while they played around at the museum.  Some of the food sold included pretzels, steak and cheese subs, Italian sausage sandwiches, hot dogs and loaded nachos.  Adults could help themselves to a beer or wine and walk with their friends to all parts of the event.



I stood in line to grab a Harpoon IPA.  As I stood waiting in line, I noticed these creepy dolls inside the glass cases.  These creepy dolls seemed vintage and old, looking like they were staring at all of the customers!  With a beer in my hand, I ventured out to start my journey around the place.


My adventure started in the ‘Arthur’ room, which consisted of activities related to PBS’s Arthur cartoon.  There was a big bookcase display of many Arthur books that I used to read in elementary school.  In one room there was a map of Elwood City and guests were asked to find the characters’ house from the series.  Other than the Arthur room, there were some activities related to the spin-off series Postcards From Buster.


Once I had enough of the Arthur room, I made my way to the ‘Kindergarten’ area where I let my imaginations run wild.  I made a cool triangle structure with these plastic square blocks I put together.  Just like the Arthur section, there was another bookcase filled with old picture books I used to read.



Over in the 2nd floor was the sports section that provided many physical challenges.  There were 3 basketball hoops with funky backboards getting in the way of the rim.  Nearby the court were two rock-climbing walls that you had to wall-climb around.  Within the middle of the floor was a lit-up LED dance game where people had to avoid the red ball coming at their way.


Another fun exhibit I wandered around was the ‘Construction Zone’ area.  This area was all about the world of construction, providing child-like construction equipment for everyone to play with.  All around the floors were black rubber pipes to crawl into.  Just like the ‘Kindergarten’ exhibit, there were wooden blocks for creating tall buildings.


One of the last areas I looked at was the ‘Peep’s World’ exhibit.  Peep’s World consisted mostly of water activities with toys that collected water.  Nearby the water area were foamy blocks that you could connect through small or big holes within the shapes.  Someone actually created a throne out of the foam blocks, which was really impressive!


Overall the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum was a success.  I had a ball walking around the museum and acting like a kid again.  After a long day of work, it felt great to blow off some steam by climbing up the netted play area.  Being an adult can be frustrating sometimes, so it is always great to find events that let you release your inner childhood.  We will always be growing older, but we should never forget the kid inside of us.  Our minds were fascinated by every little thing that we discovered when we were young.  It’s events like the Boston ‘Grown-Up’ Museum that always remind us of the simpler things in life.