Girl Scouts tell Moneyish why they’re joining the Boy Scouts


45. Toffee-Tastic

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The Toffee-Tastic gluten-free cookie was launched back in 2014, per Little Brownie Bakers, and is still on the list of available Girl Scout cookies — which is a pretty long time for a cookie that’s not one of the core originals. Obviously, the Girl Scouts had their work cut out for them when developing a gluten-free cookie that would appeal to a wide audience and live up to the sacred Girl Scout cookie legacy. The cookies are described as, “Rich, buttery cookies with sweet, crunchy toffee bits.” Unfortunately, this particular cookie seems to have missed the mark with some people. 

In 2017, a notorious review of the cookie by an actual Girl Scout went viral. “The Toffee-tastic is a bleak, flavorless, gluten-free, wasteland. I’m telling you its as flavorless as dirt,” she griped (via People). But to keep things in perspective: People who follow a gluten-free diet are typically already aware of some of the texture and flavor differences between gluten-free foods and their glutenous counterparts. So for them, a cookie that’s a little more on the crumbly side because it’s made with rice flour instead of wheat probably won’t be that surprising. Luckily, Toffee-Tastic isn’t the only gluten-free cookie option currently available.


How much money does the CEO of the Girl Scouts make?

Executives Listed on Filing Name Title Total Salary Barry Horowitz Chief Revenue Officer $349,416 Annette Freytag Chief of Staff $326,182 Sapreet Kaur Saluja chief strategic partnership $290,196 Sarah Angel-Johnson Chief Enterprise Integ. Off. $268,087.

Are Girl Scouts losing members?

The Girl Scouts say their youth membership fell by nearly 30%, from about 1.4 million in 2019- 2020 to just over 1 million this year. Both groups, like several other U.S. youth organizations, have experienced declining membership for many years. The Girl Scouts reported youth membership of about 2.8 million in 2003.

35. Caramel Chocolate Chip

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Each of the two major bakers for the Girl Scouts has their own gluten-free cookie offering. While Little Brownie Bakers makes the Toffee-tastic, ABC Bakers produces the Caramel Chocolate Chip cookie. From first glance alone, we’re already more excited about this gluten-free option. Chocolate chip cookies are difficult for most people to turn down, making these an ideal gluten-free offering, in our opinion. To thwart some of the textural issues cookies made with rice flour face, these cookies are made with oat flour instead. The caramel isn’t just a fun choice, but also a useful addition to replace some of the toasty flavor imparted by toasted wheat in traditional cookies. 

Generally, these cookies are geared towards people who like crispy chocolate chip cookies. If you’re a soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie kind of person, these probably aren’t going to rock your world, regardless of the gluten content.

A disservice to girls

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Some people, like Ireland, seem to have had rewarding experiences with the Boy Scouts similar to what I experienced with the Girl Scouts. There’s something to be said for formalizing the memberships of girls who have been informally part of Boy Scout troops for decades. And, from a purely practical level, I understand the benefits for parents trying to coordinate one scouting organization’s schedule instead of two. 

However, positioning girls joining the Boy Scouts as the ultimate triumph for feminist scouting does a massive disservice to girls. There is an opportunity to applaud an organization that centers itself around girls and women, instead of assuming that a male-centric organization is implicitly preferable. Elevating the BSA instead plays into the mindset that makes girls more likely to associate intelligence with men, over women, by age six.

The BSA’s history of backwards politics makes the recent changes feel like a cheap ploy to boost membership and win progressive brownie points. I want to believe that the Boy Scouts — or at least certain troops — are trying to make changes to better serve all children.

But, calling this a victory for girls? I don’t think so.