I have a pack of Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies in my freezer. I treat myself to one or two occasionally, although it’s hard limiting myself since you really can’t eat just a couple. I can’t buy Samoas anymore because I won’t stop until I eat the whole box.
While we may be enjoying the beginnings of spring, Girl Scout cookie season is also upon us. And, while many of us will happily succumb to the guilty pleasure, these are cookies with a cause. According to the Girl Scouts, “every cookie has a mission,” from teaching girls how to manage money, to supporting our overseas troops, to funding a camp for city kids.
As you dig into your favorite box this month, you’ll also be celebrating the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA. On March 12, 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low gathered 18 girls from Savannah, Ga., for the very first troop meeting. Since then, the organization has grown to include more than 3 million young women and adults. Some of our nation’s most notable women have roots in the organization: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, astronaut Sally Ride and former first lady and National Book Festival chair Laura Bush.
The Library’s online photograph collections are a wealth of interesting Girl Scout-related items, including images of troop members engaging in a variety of activities and spending time with first ladies.
While I myself never made it past Brownie status, you can’t help but be inspired by the enthusiasm of the organization’s membership. A quick scan of the news in recent days reveals stories about girls organizing a museum exhibition, collecting donations to send some 2,700 boxes of cookies to troops stationed overseas and working with a local humane society to collect food and other items.
You can also peruse historic newspaper collection to see what the Girl Scouts of yesteryear were up to.