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Cookie Season

Posted by Elisa Taub
Cookie Season

Samoas. Do-Si-Dos. Trefoils…Thin Mints. Yes it’s that time of year again. Girl Scouts everywhere are taking to the streets to sell that most beloved of treats, the Girl Scout Cookie.

Now I know you’ve probably already discovered that Girl Scout Cookies taste best frozen and eaten straight out of the freezer. And I’m sure you know that Thin Mints are the most popular variety. But did you realize that your cookie purchase is actually contributing to the leadership development of girls across the United States?

Yes I do have a soft spot in my heart for the Girl Scout Organization. I’m a Girl Scout leader for a terrific group of 3rd graders. You know the story -- making a difference in a girls life blah, blah, blah. But I have to tell you, it’s really true.

In this fast paced world of iPods, cell phones and MTV, I’m proud to be a part of an organization which helps return our girls to the slow paced, old fashioned activities of the Girl Scouts. Ice cream socials, camping, sewing, service projects, and group events with other girl scouts from across the city... activities many girls in my troop would never have had a chance to experience if it were not for Girl Scouts. Certainly my daughter (nor I) would have ever slept in a tent if it weren't for Girl Scouts, that I can assure you.

Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliet Gordon Low, who wanted to bring girls out of isolated home environments and give them the opportunity to develop physically, mentally and spiritually as well as get them involved in community service. Today’s program which has over 4 million members, carries the spirit of the organization started by Low, encouraging girls to try new things, develop to their full potential, and contribute to the improvement of society.

Did you know that a recent Harris Poll reported that two-thirds of the women listed in the Who's Who of American Women were Girl Scouts?  Michelle Obama, Madeleine Albright, Sandra Day O'Conner, Queen Elizabeth, Nancy Reagan, Sally Ride, Janet Reno, Gloria Steinem, Jane Pauly, Olympic superstars Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Bonnie Blair, Peggy Fleming, and Dorothy Hamill, Ethel Kennedy, Barbara Walters, Venus Williams, Sheryl Crow, Gwyneth Paltrow, Dakota Fanning, Carly Fiorina, and Madeleine Albright. All of them Girl Scouts.

If this sounds like a plea for you to get involved you are correct. It is. Girl Scouts can’t exist unless people like you step up and become leaders.

In the meantime, I urge you to track down your local Girl Scout and buy a box or two of cookies...or three or four. It’s not just about cookies, yummy as they may be. You may not realize it now but that smiling little girl in front of the market may be one of our future leaders, and your box of cookies may just help her get there.