when I was a brownie....

Wednesday, March 17, 2010
It's hard to believe (I know) but years ago I was a Brownie. Not technically a Girl Scout, but a young dapper Brownie, wearing my brown vest proudly with all my badges my mom so nicely sewed on for me.

Do you need someone to rake you yard? I would if I received a badge. Babysit my brother you ask? Of course, as long as it was badge worthy.

I think I was only a Brownie for a whole two years. (Mom, if you are reading this, feel free to comment if that isn't accurate.) I never graduated to wear the green uniform. After a memorable sleepover in a cabin with my troops, I had enough of the troop (and the outdoors), so I begged my mom to let me quit.

The real reason I quit was because there was no competition from the girls. Outselling them in cookies was super easy. I kicked some serious cookie-selling ass in my little troop. I hit up all my aunts and uncles and walked around my neighborhood begging everyone to buy cookies. I buttoned my badged-out vest, grabbed my order sheet and shiny purple pen and strutted down Concord drive liked I owned the street in my jelly shoes with socks.

When I see a Brownie or Girl Scout, I smile and think of all the wonderful things they are learning from their troop. They are learning to volunteer, about nature, about friendship and leadership. But more importantly, I could still outsell their little asses one box of thin mints or caramel deLites at a time.

Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? What is your favorite one?

12 comments:

kakaty said...

I, too, was a Brownie and have always said I was a Girl Scout. My brother (a boy scout) and sister (who wore the green uniform) always mocked me and said I was never a REAL Girl Scout - I was just a Brownie. Fast forward to about 5 years ago when I WORKED for a Girl Scout Council where I learned once and for all that I was indeed a Girl Scout! Depending on your age you are a Girl Scout Brownie, a Girl Scout Junior(the ones in green), a Girl Scout Cadette or a Girl Scout Senior (they both wear khaki). It took years but I finally shut my brother and sister up. :)

It's now my mission in life to let all former Brownies know that they were indeed Girl Scouts - don't let anyone tell you different!

Oh, and I got Thin Mints and Samoas for me and Tagalongs and Do-Si-Dos for my husband.

~*~Lilly~*~ said...

Oh i so was also a brownie, then into the green outfit & finally into the blue. lol yes i was in girl scouts into HS cause i was told it was good for my college apps & even earned all those top awards. lol (what a geek i am!)

My boxes of Thin Mints and Carmal DeLites are presently on there way to me. YAY

lauren said...

I was a brownie too and went into the girl scouts for one year until I quit. I love the thin mints and samoas, but unfortunately (or fortunately), have not found a girl scout to buy them from!

But, I heard they are giving less cookies in those boxes these days. What's up with that?

Lauren B said...

I was a brownie and then a junior before I quit in 6th grade- and I too loved outselling the others during cookie time. Getting that 300 or 400+ badge for boxes of cookies sold was oh so sweet. I did hate that they changed the names of tagalongs and samoas and do-si-dos. The names are so boring now. And they got rid of those cookies with the strawberry jelly and the lemon in the middle, which I loved.

beautifulinexactly said...

My mom was the mom in charge of cookie sales for my troop every year I was in Brownies, so I felt this overwhelming pressure to sell the most. (Hi, overachiever much?) Now that I'm an adult, I try to buy at least one box from every Brownie who asks me -- coworkers daughters and nieces, friends' daughters, etc. I just freeze them for throughout this year. My favs are still shortbread and Thin Mints. Classics!

Lil' Woman said...

I was a brownie too and kicked ass in the cookie sales...It helps when your mom is one of 10 children, so I had a bunch of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents to hit up..plus their coworkers! :)

Christina K said...

I was a Brownie too, but I didn't do squat besides sell cookies. I don't even remember my patches...did they give a patch for cookie selling?

I am in love, love, love with the shortbread cookies, but I hate, hate, hate how they always change the names to something stupid.

mom said...

Allison,
Yes you were a Brownie but for 3 years, 1990-1991-1992. To be exact Troop 244 Erie Shores. I am looking at your tan sash right now and yes you were a TOP SELLER for the cookie drive. You have badges to prove it. Love, Mom

Bayjb said...

Oh my god this has been a big drama this year. I didn't get any through family and now I can't hunt down a Girl Scout to save my life! All of my friends are running into them and getting boxes except for me! WTF? Oh and i love Thin Mints and Samoas.

Mel said...

Darn. I wish I remembered my Troop #. I have my sash in a box back at my condo. I'll have to pull that out. My favorite badges were from COSI sleepover trips every year. Yes, had all the science and nature badges. Total geek. I wasn't a Brownie though; I don't remember joining until Juniors.

And yes, I REALLY wanted to continue that once I got to junior high school. But then Cheerleading became important. (yuck).

Samoas are the best. Is that what they are calling "Caramel deLites" now? Lame.

iCarabout - Cleveland Entertainment Reporter said...

I was a brownie and a girl scout...lol. But for some reason I was always the one who could never sit still and never listened.
I've never been a dessert-lover and therefore, GS cookies were never my thing. BUT -- have you had the boyscout popcorn?! Just the plain butter, microwave pcorn is AAHHHMAZING!

Suburban Sweetheart said...

I'll do just about anything for a Samoa...

Why do they call them different things in different parts of the country?

And WHY HAVEN'T MY COOKIES COME IN YET?