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by Guest Parent Blogger Delea Patterson

Girl Scouts just do crafts and sell cookies!!! Really???

I have heard this statement many times and it always strikes a chord in me. I realize that for some this is their experience with Girl Scouts, but I want them to know this is not the norm. Our troop started out small and we continue to grow each year. Sometimes we lose some girls to other activities or sports, but overall the girls keep coming. They do so because we have leaders with adventurous spirits who want to see the girls flourish. If the girls ask if they can do something, we find a way.

We do sell cookies, lots of cookies. We do this because these cookies help our girls go camping. We have completed community service projects, cleaned up trash in the national parks, started little libraries in our community, and participated in feeding those less privileged. Cookie sales help us do this.

Girl Scouts selling cookies

Our girls have completed engineering and robotics projects. They have had fun fly fishing, doing archery, pottery, painting, and glass art projects. How did we pay for this? Cookies.

We have also made crafts. We created paper poppies and presented them to veterans at our local Veteran’s Day Program. The girls learned the history behind the poppy and saw the pride in those veteran’s eyes when they asked if they would like one.

Over the years of being involved in Girl Scouts, I have watched girls find their voices and become sisters for life. I have watched shy quiet Daisies and Brownies blossom in front of my eyes, and ask questions, many questions. I have seen them sing and dance and laugh. I have watched girls show respect as we retired our nation’s flag by a campfire. I have watched as some broke down in tears at the memorials on our National Mall in Washington, DC. This year I am looking forward to seeing them fly as we travel to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL.  

When you buy a box of cookies, you are really showing our girls they can be businesswomen, and by doing so they can stand proud. They are learning that by working hard they can go anywhere and be anything.

“My purpose... to go on with my heart and soul, devoting all my energies to Girl Scouts, and heart and hand with them, we will make our lives and the lives of the future girls happy, healthy and holy.” ­–Juliette Gordon Low

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