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Thank a Girl Scout Leader Today…

…and EVERY day!

The month of April is National Volunteer Month, the week of April 12-18 was 2015’s National Volunteer Week, and today is Girl Scout Leader Day!

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All the women and men across the country and across the world who give their time to selflessly guide and mentor millions of young women, we here at the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta want to say THANK YOU! All the work that goes into planning and executing weekly meetings, camping weekends, community service events, and ALL the unseen work that you do has not gone unnoticed. You are helping these girls realize their goals and become leaders themselves one day. Did you know that approximately 80 percent of female entrepreneurs were once Girl Scouts? So keep doing what you’re doing- making a HUGE difference in the world!

Check out these vintage photos of some Girl Scout leaders throughout the years:

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from the 1968 Official Dress Uniforms catalog

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from the 1968 Official Dress Uniforms catalog

from the 1974-75 Girl Scout Catalog

from the 1974-75 Girl Scout Catalog

from the 1986-87 Girl Scout Catalog

from the 1986-87 Girl Scout Catalog

Cookies by the Case

Thin Mints, 1962

As you can see from this 1962 case, we are still honoring the past and serving the future. This box honors the 50th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, and is about the same size as the cookie case is today. Interestingly, although you can’t see it from this picture, there are handles on the top of the case to make it easier for scouts (and their parents) to carry the cookies around the neighborhood.

Under the heading “1960s,” the GSUSA Girl Scout Cookie History site mentions that:

During the 1960s, when baby boomers expanded Girl Scout membership, cookie sale volume increased significantly. In 1961, 14 licensed bakers were mixing batter for thousands upon thousands of Girl Scout Cookies annually.

In 1960, licensed bakers first began wrapping Girl Scout Cookie boxes in printed aluminum foil or cellophane to protect the cookies and preserve their freshness. By 1966, a number of varieties were available. Among the best sellers were Chocolate Mint, Shortbread, and Peanut Butter Sandwich cookies.

These cookies–the Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Do-Si-Dos–are still available today and just as popular.