It's not like I'm EATING the cookies.
Sure I'm supporting the creation of things made with red and yellow dye and high fructose corn syrup - but I wanted to take a minute, on National Girl Scout Cookie Day, to tell you why I always buy Girl Scout Cookies.
So my devotion to buying Girl Scout cookies doesn't really have to do with the cookies (shocking, I know).
My devotion buying a few boxes no matter how few are in the box and how much they have raised the cost this year comes from the awesomeness that is summer camp.
I HATED summer camp the first year I went.
I cried and cried.
I refused to eat.
I refused to play.
I refused to sing.
I remember a group of terrible counselors trying to convince me to eat a bag of lays potato chips. If they could only see me now...
I was in 1st grade, it was 3 nights. Looking at my now almost 4 year old... I can't imagine him sleeping in a tent for 3 nights without me <read - my husband bc there is NO way I am going camping>
AFTER the first year, I loved summer camp.
I went all summer every summer. I have been to a few camps, but my favorite summer home was Camp Waneeshi (which has since ceased to exist).
Honestly, Camp Waneeshi was a dump.
No indoor bathrooms.
Old, mice infested buildings.
GROSS lake (I once got stung... bitten... by a water scorpion).
REALLY gross (outside) showers.
DISGUSTING food, something called bugjuice to drink.
Sounds pretty crunchy right?
Why spend your summers in such a place you might be asking yourself (if of course you're still reading)?
Honestly? It's because I was compelled to.
My mom was the camp director.
But really - I would have wanted to be there even if she wasn't :)
I loved summer camp.
I loved the people, songs, activities, gossip, crafts, camp fires, cooking out, hiking, and trips.
I loved that at 13 I could become a leader within the camp and learn the skills I needed for the rest of my life.
I LOVED leading program, songs, and units of girls enjoying their first summer camp experience.
I love walking in the dark without a flashlight with no fear.
At camp I learned how to be a leader, an educator, and a good friend.
Without Girl Scout camp I would not be the teacher and mom I am today (for better or worse).
Without camp, I wouldn't have been able to stand up to peer pressure, social challenges, and meet fear and failure with more tries rather than defeat.
Some of my most trusted (and crunchiest) mama friends today are my friends from camp. We meet up from time to time, and it is like no time passed in between. Camp bonds people together like nothing else can.
So what does all this reminiscing have to do with horrible, BT corn syrup laden cookies?
Cookie sales send girls to camp.
Girls who can't afford to go on their own.
Girls whose mom's don't work at camp, so they can't go for free.
Girls that NEED a strong self-esteem base to withstand the huge social challenges this new facebook world faces.
Girls that need a break from the inside of a house, TV, video games, and their Iphones.
Girls that need camp.
Next time some annoying, weirdly dressed girl, comes to your door, or blocks your entrance to the bank, buy some freaking cookies.
Do what I do, and give them some cash and don't eat those poison nuggets.
Ok. Maybe one Thin Mint.
Or a whole sleeve.
Where is that self-esteem I was talking about...
Hop on over to these blogs where - if they are lucky - I'll share this :)