Girl Scouts Facing Boycott on Cookies

Marisa Goffman and Kendra Held

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After Donald Trump became president, there were mixed feelings all across America, especially concerning statements he made about women and their bodies. Despite these statements about women, the Girl Scouts of America still choose to keep up their 100-year tradition of marching in the inauguration parade. This decision has led some individuals to boycott the annual sale of Girl Scout cookies.

According to Cadette troop 54057 leader, Frances Fisher, many people posted on social media about a possible boycott of Girl Scout cookies. She also explained that other troop leaders had seen posts encouraging violence toward Girl Scouts who are selling cookies. “Some troop leaders had been posting on the Facebook group page with worries about the safety of their girls as well as considering not letting them sell,” Fisher describes. She went on to say that selling cookies isn’t just about money. It teaches girls how to be confident around strangers and complete business transactions.

The Girl Scouts River Valley Council sent out suggestions on how to prepare girls in case customers do approach them about the parade. The Council recommends that girls point out that marching in the parade has been a tradition for over 100 years, and participating in the march was optional. Fisher said she does her best to make sure her girls are ready for any situation, whether it’s handling an unkind customer or going door to door without an adult.

Cadette Girl Scout Clare Dixon reveals she isn’t worried about the boycott and will continue to sell cookies. She confides, “I’m positive people will still buy cookies from me because they are just too good to pass up.” Dixon says she feels her troop leader immensely prepared her to be ready for anything when selling cookies.

Despite the boycott, Girl Scouts seem to be having no trouble selling cookies. The cookies are on sale until March 25th and cost $4 per box, except Trios, which cost $5. Dixon concludes that the cookies are “way too good to pass up.”