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I was in Girl Scouts for 11 years. Matt was in the Boy Scouts for a few years, but not nearly as long as I was involved in Girl Scouts. I have so many positive experiences from scouting from community service to camping to the great relationships I developed with my fellow troop members. I will always remember our yearly Girl Scout Cookie sales. My sisters and I would go door-to-door in our neighborhood to sell cookies, trying to meet quotas and put money toward our next camping adventure. I was never very good at sales, something that continues to plague me as an adult, but I always had fun wandering around our neighborhood with boxes of cookies in our red waggon. Probably because of my cookie-selling experiences, whenever I see scouts selling food (boy or girl!), I always buy something.
When I was teaching high school I always had a “cookie dealer” in one or more of my classes. To be fair to all of my students I set a standard of two boxes per student who asked me to buy. This allowed me to support all of my scouts without ending up with hundreds of boxes of cookies! Since I left teaching I have had a more difficult time getting my Girl Scout cookie fix. When we lived in San Antonio I ended up being introduced to a bright and enterprising young lady who looked after our cats when we were out of town. In addition to being a very diligent pet-sitter, she was also a Girl Scout, so we were able to get our cookies each year. Now that we live in Virginia, I’ve been lucky to reconnect with one of my friends from my old Girl Scout troop. We went to high school together and now she is her daughter’s troop leader. Naturally when they asked if we wanted to buy any cookies this year I said yes! While I love supporting all scouts, it gives me particular pleasure to buy cookies from my former troop-mate’s daughter.
Our plan is to have our child involved in scouts, at least for a few years. There are so many great opportunities children get through scouting, and even if our child does not spend as many years in scouting as I did, I hope he or she will have fond memories as I do. Scouting can teach so many things from the importance of teamwork to civic responsiblity to practical skills. Matt and I are excited to explore these opportunties with our child and help them to discover their talents and interests in life.