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Scout Safety Tips as saying girls age 6-12 must be supervised by an adult when selling door to door.
Then I read them again, particularly Tip #4:
Safety Tips: All girls who participate in the Girl Scout Cookie Program use 10 Basic Safety Guidelines
4. Partner with Adults Adults must accompany Girl Scout Daisies, Brownies, and Juniors when they are taking orders, selling, or delivering product. Girls grades 6–12 must be supervised by an adult when selling door-to-door and must never sell alone. Adults should be present at a cookie booth in any public place at all times.
So a high school senior WITH another high school senior is not considered ready to knock on a neighbor’s door, or even stand outside the local supermarket selling cookies?
I thought maybe this was a typo, as elsewhere the rules say that girls must never sell at night unless accompanied by an adult. This seemed to suggest that sometimes, by glaring light of day, they CAN sell without an adult. But then I found another official Scout site that reiterated that even Girl Scout “Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors” (middle-through-high school age girls) can’t sell door to door without an adult.
And we wonder why college kids seem so fragile of late. Could it be because we OFFICIALLY treat them like babies right up until the day they arrived on campus? It’s like expecting a person to walk barefoot through the woods who has worn socks and shoes till that very instant.
In our belief that ogres are wait at the door either handing out sugary treats (at Halloween) or purchasing them (from the Scouts), we are shaping young people who believe they are always threatened unless there’s a grownup keeping the terrifying world at bay.
The idea that selling cookies this way builds the skills “essential to leadership, success, and life” seems woefully delusional. Sure, the girls will get something out of it. It’s an activity. But being shadowed by adults and told to hand the money over to them as soon as possible seems to make the kids into props, not pros. – L.