Would it bother you if you were the parent of a Girl Scout, and they're encouraged to sell cookies, including standing out in the cold in front of stores, yet the leader of the GS organization makes almost half a million dollars a year?
The head of the Girl Scout organization makes about $450,000 per year. Girl Scouts as young as 5 are “encouraged to sell, sell, sell” cookies, which includes the girls standing at tables in front of supermarkets, selling cookies.
Would this bother you if you were the parent of a Girl Scout?
I am aware that scouting is beneficial in many ways and I am not saying it’s bad or that GS is a bad organization.
I am the parent of a Girl Scout, but I can assure you we will not be standing in front of any stores pushing cookies. I have to work full time, I’m a single mom, and last year, I spent $200 of my own money to buy cookies and I just handed them out to my friends and family. I am not really concerned if the other moms resent me for it. I feel I did my part by purchasing the 50 boxes. A good friend of mine said she used to do that with her daughter, until she became resentful when she thought about the girls standing out in the cold and finding out what the leader makes.
Girls are given quotas in order to earn patches and other things, and there’s pressure from other moms and scout leaders to attain certain sales for the benefit of the troop(s). Yet when I hear what the leader makes, it is discouraging.