I just wanted to clarify from yesterday - I don't buy the GS cookies, but I do support troops. If I see a troop selling cookies, I will ask for their troop number, whip out my checkbook and write a check for $10. I could buy 3 boxes of cookies for around $10, but the troop would get $1.20. I would get cookies that are too high in calories and pretty chintzy on the portions.
Obviously, $10 is going to pay for a lot more badges and activities than the $1.20. And, we're talking about girls who are in a troop. We live in an area where there are pockets that don't have enough girls to form a troop, but they are allowed to participate independently. Guess how much they get for a box of cookies? NOTHING.
There are many good things about scouting, I won't deny that. The councils do offer Girl Opportunity Funds to supplement activity fees for girls whose families can't afford the fees.
But, you can see I might be jaded by the fact that the Executive Director of our local council pulls down a nearly 6 figure salary, plus loads of other perks and the girls get .40 a box for doing all the hard work....well, I'm going to support them my way and give them more for doing less. They deserve that much.
Also, don't forget about the Friday Secrets (or anything else you might like to send me!). It's all anonymous and free of charge! I'm a giver like that.