Steel your resolve. Dieters, beware! There are Girl Scouts everywhere, and they’re all trying to sell you kryptonite … aka, their most delicious cookies. Whether your favorite flavor is minty Thin Mints or gooey Tagalongs, we can all agree that Girl Scout cookies make the world go round. They’re so good, they deserve a holiday. And they have one … of sorts. Get ready to celebrate this March 12, because it’s National Girl Scout Day! Part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day commemorates the anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting. In 1912, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low organized the meeting in Savannah, Georgia. And Girl Scouts has only grown from there! So grab a cookie (or 12) and get ready to celebrate.
Why We Love Girl Scouts (and National Girl Scout Day)
A. Girl Scouts empowers girls
The Girl Scout mission is to “[build] girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.” How could we not love an organization who wants to create powerful girls? We need the next generation to be both smart and altruistic, and Girl Scouts is trying to accomplish just that. Queen Bey explains it better than we ever could: “Who run the world? Girls!”
C. Their cookies are delicious, darn it
Excuse our French; we get very excited about Girl Scout cookies. We’ve started minor wars with our friends over which flavors are the best. And it’s all because of those delicious circles of minty, chocolate, peanut-buttery goodness. We can’t stop eating them. We don’t want to stop eating them! We will gladly give up being healthy or in staying in shape if it means we can eat mass quantities of these wonderful cookies. Plus, a hot body is overrated … right?
C. They taught everyone we know how to make lanyards
Let’s be real — none of us would know how to make lanyards without a Girl Scout. Whether you made your first lanyard in summer camp or on the elementary school playground, you learned how to do it from a Girl Scout. We don’t know exactly why all Girl Scouts make lanyards, but we’ve all reaped the benefits. What would life be without lanyards? Backpack zippers would be much less swanky, at the very least. Thank you, Girl Scouts.
How to Celebrate National Girl Scout Day
1. Buy some cookies
Yes, you read that sentence right. We’re giving you the excuse you’ve been longing for to go out and buy those cookies! 100% of the money from cookie sales goes back into the organization. Further, all the money you spend stays local. That means instead of funding Girl Scouts HQ, your money is helping directly support your community and its development. Personally, we think that’s pretty awesome!
2. Create your own Girl Scout badge
Okay, so you’re probably too old to run out and join Girl Scouts (and if you’re not, we hope you’re using the internet with parental supervision). However, you can do the next best thing and create badges for yourself. Set challenges and then give yourself badges when you complete them! Have you always wanted to try a new hike but could never find the motivation? Create a wilderness explorer badge! We’re exaggerating, but you get the point.
3. Spend time with your favorite Girl Scout
We all know a Girl Scout. Maybe it’s your daughter; maybe it’s your little cousin. Either way, spend a little time with them this National Girl Scout Day and let them know how loved and appreciated they are. Tell them they’re going to change the world! Girl Scouts is all about lifting girls up, and you can support that mission this March 12.
Favorite Girl Scout Resources
7 Ways to Celebrate National Girl Scout Week — Girl Scouts
Learn about all seven days of Girl Scout Week!
Girl Scout Badges — Girl Scouts
See a complete list of Girl Scout badges by grade.
Meet the Cookies — Girl Scouts
We’re enablers; check out this list of Girl Scout cookie flavors.