Girl Scouts have started popping up in neighborhoods and in front of grocery store entrances everywhere -- and we're overjoyed for obvious reasons. After sharing some little-known cookie trivia
with you, we asked Lemondrop Girl Scout alumnae to share their favorite memories from the good ol' troop days:
"I used to be in Girl Scouts in 1975. I did very well selling cookies at $1.25 a box. All the businesses near my home couldn't wait for me to sell them. I was in Girl Scouts, cut my finger on my penknife and had to get stitches. I got out of washing dishes that year at camp ... LOL." -- Sandra
"I was a Girl Scout for a couple of years when I was little, and I loved Thin Mints so much that I ate a whole box in one sitting. Shortly thereafter, the whole box came right back up. To this day, I won't eat any mint and chocolate combos. I am, however, a Girl Scout leader and a Service Unit Manager. I've sold thousands of boxes of cookies in the past few years, but I still won't go near a Thin Mint. My favorites are Samoas, but age and wisdom have taught me one thing: moderation." -- Amy Hunt
"Selling Girl Scout cookies when growing up in western PA was a challenge. We lived way out in the country and going "door to door" could take all day since the houses and farms were so far apart. Got myself in big trouble one year though. Another girl scout who lived up the road was my competition. We were all poor back then, but I was lucky enough to have a used uniform and beret. Not so the other scout. I think I was about 9 at the time and I told her she couldn't sell cookies if she wasn't wearing a uniform. Her mom told my mom...... End result - I had to fork over to her all the sales I had already made, was forbidden to sell the rest of that year and had to use my allowance I had saved, $1.00, to buy from her. Lesson learned." -- Monica
"I was a Girl Scout until I was 14 years old (my mother was the troop leader and got pneumonia after camping out in the snow for a week while earning my outdoor pioneer badge) when I was finally allowed out. My mother was the cookie chairlady, and my sister won the award for the most cookies sold every year. Her method was to park herself at a table with young non coms and their dates and remain there until they asked her what she wanted. She would then tell them she would leave if they would buy some cookies. The cookies were 45 cents a box. She never had any change. They would give her a dollar and tell her to get lost. She use the dimes accumulated to pay for the cookies my brother ate surreptitiously (they were stored in our basement) so my Mom didnt have to pay for them." -- Dayatra White
"I was a girl scout from 3rd to 5th grade ('76-'78). I remember selling cookies from door to door, going to Girl Scout camp at Camp Mountain Meadows, and earning patches ... good times." -- Laura
"I started out as a Brownie in 1963 at age eight and continued on as a Scout until I was 14. I enjoyed the camaraderie with my friends and learned a lot of valuable life lessons, like getting along with others, a basic concept! My troop was in El Segundo, California. We had our own camp in town." -- Nancy
"I was a Girl Scout for 10 years, from '72 to '82 in NJ. Brownie through Senior Scout, so there were many years of cookie selling (and eating!) There were 6 varieties, Thin Mints, the peanut butter ones (which may have been the Savannahs, I can't remember), the coconut/chocolate striped ones, the plain trefoil butter ones, and some others... GIRL SCOUTS were great! So much fun and good times, lots of different activities better than school ones most of the time. And camping was the best. All great learning experiences." -- Alicia
"I was in the scout in the mid- to late 60s. When I first started selling, we would lug the cookies from door to door. After a time, that was deemed burdensome and we would take orders. My mom was often Cookie Chair and we would get big boxes and sort them out for the individual orders. I can still see boxes of cookies all over our living room. Good memories. My daughter sold them in the '90s. Still love the mints and the shortbread!" -- Bunny
"I am a 52 year old Girl Scout, and no, I did not stay a scout because I had a daughter. I do not have children. The Girl Scouting program prepares girls and young woman for leadership rolls. Cookies, have I sold cookies. When I was a Brownie, we did not sell cookies, so my first cookie sales were in 1966 I think. My fondest memories are of waiting for the 4 p.m. Friday afternoon start time. There were seven of us in my neighborhood, and I would watch the clock to get out the door and start selling." -- Monica
"SOUTH CENTRAL G.S. COUNCIL in Alabama 1966 Brownie all the way through to Council Scout to Camp Counselor 1977. Won award for most cookies sold in 6th grade (but back then we were allowed to go door to door. Safer days, and back then hurting a Girl Scout was the same as shooting a cop). We had 3 kinds the Trefoils, Mints, and Peanut Butter. My motivation for getting the most sold - my Mom was Cookie Chairman, our house was wall to wall cookies. Used to order a years worth and freeze them, which was one of the selling points, plus nothing like an ice cold thin mint. Where do you think the idea for chocolate mint ice cream came from? FROZEN THIN MINTS!!! GOD THOSE WERE GOOD DAYS!!! -- Windsinger
Tell us! Do you have a favorite Girl Scout memory from back in the day? Share it in the comments below!
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