Girl scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. Thank heavens this is true, because my daughter and I are going to need every ounce of courage, confidence, and character we have to make it through the 2013 Girl Scout cookie selling experience!
I recall my own girl scouting days with a great deal of innocent pride and nostalgia. My memories include weekly afterschool meetings in the school cafeteria (with snacks!), my own mother delighted yet overwhelmed about another patch earned to sew on my uniform, the “unique” restroom accommodations at girls scout summer camp, and pounding the pavement selling girl scout cookies much further from home than I would ever allow my daughter to venture.
Although my daughter has worn the Girl Scout uniform from the first day of kindergarten with utmost pride, this year marks the 5th year her troop will be selling Girl Scout cookies. The cookie selling experience of 2012 began with a kick-off meeting for all troop parents. I arrived at the meeting with visions of thin mints and left the meeting in a state of sugar shock – our troop goal had been set at 150 boxes per girl (up from an 80 box goal last year) – perhaps we had bitten off more than we could chew?
Gulping down the realization of the task ahead, my confidence (or was it competitiveness?) kicked in. My daughter and I decided we could lick this challenge, reaching our 150 box goal without tossing our cookies. We decided to put an order form at Dad’s work, my work, email family, update our facebook status, and take an order form to school all in the sweet efforts of earning fifty cents per box sold for troop purposes.
What I didn’t expect was the incoming text message from MotherStucker headquarters on the first day of official cookie selling. My assistant informed me that selling cookies before the kick-off day was a major infraction according the Girl Scout “police” that had requested to speak with me upon showing up at the MotherStucker offices. How had I put myself in such a sticky situation? I was certain I had fully digested the cookie selling rules. Surely someone was mistaken – and making me lose my appetite!
After sending out an emergency call to the Girl Scout troop cookie mom, my assistant sent more text messages to my phone explaining the Girl Scout “police” scenario had been a delicious joke. Although my MotherStucker assistant may be a few cookies short of a baker’s dozen—she is well meaning in a sugar coated/half-baked way – and all is forgiven with her ample cookie order.
Meanwhile the 2013 cookie selling adventure is just beginning. I am so proud to see the conviction, leadership qualities, and self worth developing in my daughter through the experiences we have shared. All this plus extra boxes of cookies lining our pantry tastes like success!
Looking for Girl Scout Cookies near you? Girl Scout Cookie sales begin January 2013! Download the cookie locator app (free for MotherStuckers!) for your mobile device here: http://littlebrowniebakers.com/cookies/find-girl-scout-cookies-on-your-mobile-phone/