Of course, I was a Brownie, no Daisy then and Junior Girl Scout who tried to sew badges on my Girl Scout sash…to no avail. Mom was not the sewing type. I remember attending some meetings in a friend’s basement and do remember attending a talent show with my troop at McCormick Place. Ultimately, though, it was all about cookies and awards even back in the 1960’s. Our favorite question was; would you like to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies? We sold sometimes outside of stores like Goldblatts in South Chicago or the Jewel in Downers Grove in later years. But most of the time, we went door to door. There was no internet or fear of strangers but there was thin mints which the neighborhood seemed to enjoy the most. We didn’t sell at school and my Mother was a firm believer to not call her friends. I traipsed through the neighborhood, trying to pick out homes where I knew people would buy especially if I was doing this yearly. I don’t remember winning anything.
During the 1960s, it was a huge time since Baby Boomers really expanded the Girl Scout Troops and cookie sales boomed. Fourteen licensed bakers were mixing batter for thousands upon thousands of Girl Scout Cookies annually. By 1966, a number of varieties were available. Among the best sellers were Chocolate Mint (now known as Thin Mints), Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies.
Juliette Gordon Low began Girlscouts with small group in 1912. She was also known as Daisy. According to the Girl Scouts main site, there are over 2.6 million Girl Scouts (1.8 million girls and 800,000 adults) in 92 countries and more than 50 million alums, united across distance and decades by lifelong friendships, shared adventures, and the desire to do big things to make the world a better place, During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Girl Scouts did fight for racial equality and Girl Scouts elected its first African American national board president, Gloria D. Scott. Girl Scouts established the Daisy level for kindergarten-aged girls as interest in Girl Scouting expanded in the 1980’s.
In the 1990’s my daughter was not interested in Girl Scouts but there was always somebody in the neighborhood selling cookies and I always bought from the first that still came to the door. Girl Scouts received a technology badge since computers were making there way to every home and business. Girl Scouts entered the first few years of the new millennium focused on the healthy development of girls, establishing the Girl Scout Research Institute to conduct studies and report findings. And most of all, there were eight cookie varieties including low fat and sugar free cookies to chose.
Today technology still plays a huge a role in learning but outside activities such as climbing and swimming are extremely important for the health and welfare of young girls as well as cookies!!!!!! I just bought them a few weeks ago from a teacher at school whose daughter sells them and has won awards. Today, there are Toast-YAY, Lemon Ups, Lemonades, Shortbread, Tagalongs, Samoas, Toffee Tastic, Do Si dos, S’mores, Caramel Chocolate Chip and still……….THIN MINTS!!!! Always and forever!
Want to buy a box of Girl Scout cookies?