No, Girl Scouts Shouldn’t Have Mom And Dad Do Their Work For Them
5:00 pm, March 19th | by Laura Donovan
Where have all the Girl Scouts gone? Those who haven’t been scared away by Rep. Bob Morris might be gossiping outside grocery stores and having their parents sell their cookies on their behalf, argues Huffington Post writer/former GSA member Charlotte Hilton Andersen, who published a column Monday exploring whether parents of Girl Scouts do their daughters a disservice by assisting with cookie sales.
Anderson, who was caught off guard when a middle-aged woman asked her to buy some Girl Scout cookies as the actual Girl Scouts were indulging in repose, says she experienced immense joy as a child upon selling twenty boxes…until she realized one of her fellow troop members had sold far more than that thanks to her father:
Back when I was participating in the Great Cookie Sale I remember going door-to-door with my mom watching from the car and feeling really proud of the 20 boxes I sold, that is until when at the next meeting Catherine Hansen reported her 300 boxes sold. As I cried to my mom that evening she muttered under her breath, “Well it’s because Catherine’s dad is the CEO and he took the sign-up sheet to work with him.”
Now I’m just dying to know what Catherine Hansen ended up doing with her life, but she’s just one of many Girl Scouts who take this kind of unfair short-cut, which obviously isn’t accessible to all GSA members.
Youth stopped being a thrilling adventure long ago, as our culture of fear sends the message that it’s now unsafe for Girl Scouts to follow through with the the “door-to-door” tradition, but it’s understandable for parents to worry about their children interacting with strangers. Asking one’s CEO dad to bring cookie order sheets to work is a smart monetary move, but one of the most valuable things to gain from the Girl Scouts is a strong business sense, and how can you acquire such skills if your parents are going to do your work for you forever?