By Desiree Dunbar, age 16

Foothill High School Student and Ambassador Girl Scout

Some girls have been scouts long enough to watch the names and bakers of the most beloved cookies change.

Some girls have been scouts long enough to watch the names and bakers of the most beloved cookies change.

What do you think when you hear the word ‘Girl Scout’? Some would say cookies, others might say badges. The images that pop into most peoples’ heads include little girls with skirts and vests looking up innocently and asking who’s interested in purchasing a box or two. However, we’re not all in elementary school.

That’s right, Girl Scouts can range from ages 4 to 18. You may be wondering how troop leaders maintain order while catering to girls in such different age groups. Most troops include either older or younger girl scouts. This is easy to determine when you know the age levels and their titles. Girls from pre-K to 1st grade are Daisies, 2nd and 3rd graders are Brownies, and 4th and 5th graders are Juniors. These three age groups are probably the ones that most people are used to seeing. The cute factor is still intact and works well when selling cookies. Girls in grades 6 and 7 are Cadettes, high school freshmen and sophomores are Juniors, and 11th and 12th graders are Ambassadors. These older girls are often met with strange looks when seen setting up cookie booths and going door-to-door.

“I’m going to go until they kick me out,” says Mackie Finely, a 12-year-old who still enjoys the activities of her troop, 616, and hopes to for years to come. Even after she turns 18, she will be able to assist troop leaders and maybe even become one herself someday.

So some may be wondering: why stay in girl scouts well into your teens? Honestly, the answer lies in what you’re interested in. If you aren’t adventurous, the girl scout lifestyle may not be for you. Girl scouts do much more than just sell cookies. The cookies are actually a small part of a girl scout’s schedule. Once the quotas are met, the only thing to do is decide what to do with the funds! Some girl scout activities include surfing, zip-lining, rock climbing, horseback riding, visiting amusement parks and camping.

Being a girl scout, particularly an older one, takes a lot of hard work and motivation. Most of all, you have to have a taste for fun and adventure. No one is too old for that.

If you would like to know more about the Girl Scouts here in Sacramento, you can go here.