Disclosure: I am a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and I have been compensated for this post by the GSUSA. All opinions are 100% my own.
When you think of Girl Scouts, it’s likely that cookies are the first thing to pop into your head. It is, after all, what they are most known for.
Every year around this time, people get excited because they know that soon they will be able to sink their teeth into those delicious little morsels. I know people that actually seek out Girl Scouts for this very reason. Just to buy the cookies!
There is a lot more to Girl Scouts than just handing over a box of cookies, however. I know from personal experience. I was in the Girl Scouts from age 5 to about age 11. I started as a Daisy, then became a Brownie, and then a Girl Scout Junior.
My very first memory is from when I was a Daisy. I lived in a very small town, so there were only 4 of us in our troop. Each of us crafted a boat out of clay, and the goal was to get it to float in the bathtub. Now, this may seem like a silly little task, but at the age of 5, there I was, trying to figure out how to get a clay boat to float in a bathtub full of water. I recall making several boats, until finally I made one that DID float in the water! This task allowed me to use my imagination, to accept a challenge, and to figure out a solution to my problem. It taught me very valuable skills at a very young age.
I have many other memories from my days in the Girl Scouts. Day camp, where I was able to bond with girls in other troops, go hiking, plant trees to better the environment, was so much fun. I recall learning how to make butter, how to start a fire, how to cook over a campfire, survival tips, making crafts, doing community service, marching in parades, and so much more.
When Girl Scouts sell those cookies, they are learning many valuable lessons as well. They are building their confidence, learning sales skills, how to manage money, set goals, and more.
National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend starts on February 7th this year, with a green carpet premier in New York City! To find out where cookies are being sold near you, the cookie varieties available this year, and more, visit the GSUSA Cookie Program Page. I can’t wait to get my hands on some Thin Mints and Samoas!!
Girl Scouts Cookie Championship Sweepstakes
As part of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend you can join a virtual Cookie Party and win a year’s supply of your favorite cookie! Wowza! You can get more information about that here.
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What is your favorite Girl Scout cookie variety?