It’s Girl Scout Cookie season! Too many people talk themselves into buying a box or two or more, excusing it with, “They’re traditional!” “It’s only once a year!” and the big one, “I want to support the Scouts!”
Ahem. I would like to point out that one can support the Girl Scouts without buying cookies.
I bow to no one in my love for the Girl Scouts. I was a Scout from Brownies through Cadets. My mom was my leader for all but two of those years. It was wonderful. I have so many great memories, from camping trips to craft projects to badge work, even singing at the local nursing home. Girl Scouts rock.
And that’s what I tell them. When that table of cookies and those bright, eager faces appear at my local grocery store, I tell them that I don’t eat sugar or flour, but that I was a Girl Scout, and that Girl Scouts rock! Then I give the adult in charge a few bucks for the troop – and do not take any cookies.
This does three things: It lets the girls know that I support them and their troop. It slips a few dollars into the troop treasury. And it plants the notion in those kids’ heads that there are people who don’t eat sugar or flour. I’m hard-pressed to say which of those things is the most valuable.
Giving to the Girl Scouts is a great thing. Just don’t kid yourself that it’s a good excuse to go off-plan.
(If anyone from Girl Scouts International is reading this: Trefoil-shaped boxes of mixed nuts would be awesome. Just sayin’.)