7 Badass Facts About Girl Scouts

I was a Girl Scout for no more than one month in second grade. Yeah, I know, not a very long tenure. I got the handbook, went to a few meetings, and was over it in a hot second. Now I just eat Trefoils, watch Troop Beverly Hills every now and then and that’s about it. But despite being a Girl Scout drop out, I’ve got a lot of respect for them. Seriously, if you think Girl Scouts are just a bunch of goodie goodies making knots and selling cookies then you’ve got it twisted.

Some of the most badass people I know are former Girl Scouts. In fact, a friend of mine who was a Girl Scout when she was a teenager let me borrow her old uniform for my Halloween costume last year and it was decked out in Girl Scout patches and a couple punk band patches, too. Apparently her troop was full of punky scouts which is beyond cool. Plus, Girl Scouts in general have some really amazing things going for them in the realm of activism. Frankly, Girl Scouts rule and Boy Scouts seriously drool. If you’re skeptical, here are seven badass facts about Girl Scouts that will make you regret not joining up earlier.


Girl Scouts Will Literally Kick Your Ass If You Mess With Them

Okay but really though. Back in 2012, a Girl Scout troop was robbed while selling cookies. Rachel Johnson and Iravia Cotton, senior scouts, immediately chased after the thieves, punching one of the perpetrators in the face and clinging onto the car even as it sped off. Both girls were okay and admit that the adrenaline got the better of them and they probably shouldn't have risked their lives over $200 of cookie money. But hey, these dudes definitely learned their lesson: Don't mess with Girl Scouts!

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Girl Scouts Produce Awesome Celebrities And Politicians

Did you know that Venus Williams and Taylor Swift were both Girl Scouts? Well, what about feminist icon Gloria Steinem or Mariah Carey? Hilary Clinton was also a Girl Scout, as was Madeline Albright, the first female secretary of state. Oh, and speaking of politics, as of 2012 over 60 percent of women in congress were former Girl Scouts. To top this all off, Michelle Obama is currently the honorary national president of the Girl Scouts. Bam!

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Girl Scouts Roll DEEP

There 2.8 million Girl Scouts out and about doing their thing right now. 800,000 of them are adult volunteers. Plus, the Girl Scouts of America are part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, which includes over 10 million troops in 145 countries. SQUAAAAAAAAAAAD.

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Girl Scouts Are All About Diversity; Ethnic, Racial, LGBTQ, Religious, You Name It

Girl Scouts have a history of defying discriminatory standards. In the 1920s a Native American troop representing the Onondaga Nation in New York was founded. In Texas, a Mexican American troop was developed around the same time. As early as 1952, Ebony magazine noted that Girl Scouts were fighting segregation in the south; they even got props from Martin Luther King Jr. in 1956 when he said that the Girl Scouts were, "a force for desegregation." By 1975 a black woman by the name of Gloria D. Scott became the Girl Scouts president. Oh, and when it comes to LGBTQ acceptance, the Girl Scouts are lightyears ahead of the Boy Scouts. The Girl Scouts accept scouts and scout leaders of any orientation under the queer umbrella, unlike the Boy Scouts who only recently accepted gay scouts and still won't accept gay troop leaders.

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Girl Scouts Are Trans* Friendly

People (AKA awful human beings) got into a hissy fit back in 2014 when a Girl Scouts chapter in Colorado accepted a transgender girl named Bobby Montoya into their troop. Even though the chapter initially wouldn't let her in, they backtracked and said, "If a child identifies as a girl and the child's family presents her as a girl, Girl Scouts of Colorado welcomes her as a Girl Scout." While some participated in a Cookiecott--a boycott of Girl Scout cookies--the Girl Scouts held their ground and defended their position.

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Girl Scouts Are About Way More Than Selling Cookies, They're About Empowerment And Community Service As Well

Yeah, Girl Scout cookies rock, but the scouts are about a lot more than selling cookies and making knots. Girl Scouts have a long history of community service, including working in hospitals during WWI and comforting children during air raids in WWII. In 1969 they started a project called Action 70 as part of an effort to combat prejudice and promote diversity. In the '90s they created a program called Girl Scouts Beyond Bars, which facilitated communication between mothers in prison and their daughters. Girl Scouts have also participated in environmental projects as well as programs devoted to women's health. Basically, Girl Scouts are doing a whole lot more than they're given credit for.

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Girl Scouts Have Been About STEM For A While Now

As great as it is that women and girls in STEM is getting a boost lately, especially thanks to organizations like Girls Who Code, the Girl Scouts have been on that train for a minute now. As early as the '90s, Girl Scouts have received merit badges for computer programming.

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Were/Are you a Girl Scout? What are some of your favorite Girl Scouts moments?  Tell us in the comments!

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