Girl Scout Recipes – Cookbook Marks the 100th Year Anniversary of Girl Scouts

by Guest Post on November 29, 2011

in Food Adventures

Girl-Scout-CookbookI was impressed with Ohio Girl Scout Leader Jodi Hautala’s fundraiser idea, so I asked her to share her troop’s story. Here is her account!

My Girl Scout Troop of 41 girls put together a very nice cookbook in honor of the 100th year anniversary of Girl Scouts USA. The Girl Scout Cookbook includes 325 recipes ranging from appetizers to deserts,with icons throughout book marking Thinking Day Recipes, Girl Scout Cookie Recipes, and Campfire Recipes. There is even a section in back to add your own. Along with great helpful cooking tips and quotes, the cookbook has the Girl Scout Law, Promise, Slogan, and Motto.

Girl Scouts of the USA all began when Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low assembled 18 girls from Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912, for a local GS meeting.  This became the beginning of this organization that has spread over the United States with over 3.2 million girls and adults.

Girl Scouts have been around for 100 years and our Troop #80671 has been around for 21 years.  I would like to tell everyone how the troop began.

The troop got started in Conneaut, Ohio. Just like other moms, I signed the right papers and paid the fee for my oldest daughter, Jodi Hautala-Carlson, to become a Brownie Scout.  One night after her troop meeting she came home and said if someone doesn’t come and help be a co-leader in her troop, the troop was not going to be able to continue.

My husband jumped right onto this and told me I better go and help, several times over the 21 years I have wondered if he ever regretted making that statement. Well I became a co-leader and was informed by the leader that all her co-leaders quit on her. Funny thing is, after the first year she quit and that is when I made the decision that if I was going to be a leader it would be on my terms.

Then the problem reversed and I needed a co-leader so that is when Sammie Scott, my niece, got involved and we moved the troop to my house. We decorated the basement, we made it look like the woods right down to making the poles that supports the basement into tree trunks. We had tree stumps for chairs and a fake camp fire.

In the beginning we only had about 10 girls and met every other Saturday.  Time went by and the troop continued to grow, soon Robin Struchen came in with her daughter Rhiannon, then Bonnie Welker with her daughter Samantha Welker (Gullo) and the troop continued to grow to a muti-level troop and we had to split the girls up on different Saturdays.  Every Saturday became too much. And with the snow, traffic in my driveway became a big issue, so a decision was made and we asked Monroe United Methodist Church to sponsor us and we moved to the Church and the rest of that is history.

We are now at 76 members strong with 41 girls and 16 leaders; we are still a muti-level troop but our troop number has changed from #671 to Troop #80671. Over the years, we have seen many changes – some good and maybe some not so good – but the values have never changed as we teach the Girl Scout Law and Promise.

Daisy scouts started when my youngest daughter, Lisa Hautala, started Kindergarten. She is now 23 years old.  Over the years we have had a lot of girls come and go we hope that while they were with us we made a little difference in their lives.

In some cases we must of made a impact, we now have several of our past members bringing their daughters back to our troop or have returned to be leaders.  We are a troop with a lot of leaders and leader helpers. Over the years, we have heard a lot about other troops not having any support, we are proud to say that in the past 21 years we have never come across any lack of help.  We would like to thank each and everyone that has been involved with our troop over the past 21 years and all the help my greatest appreciation.

This cookbook funds will be helping in several ways. It will help support the Silver Award Girls and the Gold Award Girls, as well as being a big help with the 100th Celebration ceremony and the Cinderella Ball.

This cookbook is a way to share some of our Girl Scout family favorite recipes, thinking day event food, Girl Scout cookie desserts and campfire recipes.

Special Thanks to each of you for the purchase of our Troop 80671 cookbook and supporting all the years of cookie sales, fall products and the many other Girl Scout fundraisers we have had.

Get It!

To order a Girl Scout Cookbook from Troop #80671 of GSNEO Council in Conneaut, Ohio request it directly via email from Jodi Hautala at jodi.hautala@gmail.com. The Girl Scout Cookbooks are
$12 dollars a piece.

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Gopal Iyer December 18, 2011 at 9:53 am

Thanks for the information. Great story about the girls scouts

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