It’s not every day someone offers you a cookie. Sure, a best-selling book has underscored the escalating mayhem that receiving just one cookie can ensue, but starting around the same time every January, all skepticism and resolutions are shelved with the start of Girl Scout Cookie Season. Swarms of elfish figures – festooned in green vests, sashes, and geometric badges – take to the streets, stoops, and outlet center parking lots with one spirited question: “Do you want a cookie?” YES. Yes, we do. And with Girl Scouts celebrating its 100th anniversary with the arrival of their new sunshiny, powdered sugar-dusted “Savannah Smiles,” it’s only appropriate that a massive package of controversy appears, attempting to crumble the Girl Scouts’ beloved cookie season.
“So, what’s wrong with that? For one reason, Girl Scouts describes itself as an all-girls experience. With that label, families trust that the girls will be in an environment that is not only nurturing and sensitive to girls’ needs, but also safe for girls…Unfortunately, I think it is because GSUSA cares more about promoting the desires of a small handful of people than it does for my safety, and the safety of my friends and sister Girl Scouts. ”