Were you a Brownie and/or Girl Scout when you were a little girl?
The organization exists because Daisy Low thought it was a good idea for girls to have a chance to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. She thought the community and open air was just the place to do those things. In an era long before Title IX which gave girls the option to play sports in school, Brownies and Girl Scouts were playing basketball, going camping and looking at the night sky to tell time.
It started with 18 girls, and now has a USA membership of over 3.2 million girls and leaders. 59 million women are proud alums of the Girl Scout program. And, you knew who was in the program right away by their distinctive uniforms.
“A uniform gives a certain prestige in the community. When a girl is seen in uniform, people recognize her as a girl who is courteous and obliging… The uniform puts every girl on the same footing…[and] makes a useful dress for her to work and play in at the meetings.”
—Girl Scout Leader’s Manual, circa 1917
And, those COOKIES-we all have had neighborhood girls knock on our door to see how many boxes of those yummy cookies we wanted to buy. I usually bought many boxes-to support the girls, you know. It was never about the cookies : )
Today the boxes are brightly colored and cost about $3.50 a box-creating $700 million cookie empire for the Girl Scouts. That is a far cry from the humble beginnings when a little troop in Muskogee, OK thought they might whip up some sugar cookies for a fund raiser-and the rest is history.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.
Girl Scout Cookie, circa 1922
1 cup butter
1 cup sugar
additional sugar for topping (optional)
2 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
Cream butter and the cup of sugar; add well-beaten eggs, then milk, vanilla, flour, salt, and baking powder. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Roll dough, cut into trefoil shapes, and sprinkle sugar on top, if desired.
Bake in a quick oven (375°) for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Makes six- to seven-dozen cookies.
So, whethter you were a Girl Scout or just appreciate those cookies, let’s join together to wish the Girl Scouts a Happy, Happy Birthday. callmesister.com applauds any organization that provides the opportunity for little girls/young women to grow physically, mentally and spiritually. Well played, Girl Scouts. Well played.