gang (noun): a group of people which shares an identity and a common purpose; often know to fight against other groups with similar interests.
Have you ever tried to say “No,” to a gaggle of five-year-old girls, all of whom are dead set on winning first place in a bake sale competition?
If you were one of the few brave souls who stood up to the corrupt tactics of using seasonal treats to transform innocent girls into tyrannical, power hungry preteens, you probably did not live to tell the tale.
So we salute you, brave, dead soul, for your attempts to stand up to the most notorious gang in history: The Girl Scouts of America.
To the naked eye, a Girl Scout is a poster of all that is good in the universe: a volunteer at retirement centers, one who spends time picking up trash around local parks, earning badges and patches for being active in their respective communities.
But a closer look into the organization reveals cut throat sales techniques, questionable initiation rituals, and heinously manufactured uniforms. These girls are highly trained cookie assassins, and they will attack you when you are weakest.
You may think I’m exaggerating. But I am not. I am a survivor of the GSoA. I’ve lived through it, and I’m here to explain why the Girl Scouts organization just a mirage for an undercover street gang of elementary school girls.
According to this article, here is what constitutes a gang:
1. Organized in some way, often with clear leaders and a hierarchy, and that the members gather to socialize and carry out various activities on a regular basis.
Troops leaders are the head honchos of the Girl Scouts. These women, usually mothers related to a girl in the respective troop, will coordinate, plan, and execute meetings on a weekly basis. Discussion topics of relevance include but are not limited to: scheming various sales strategies for seasonal supplies, decorate clothing items with symbols of segmented troop for unique identifier and easy avoidance of “friend or foe” when in the streets.
2. The shared identity of gang members can be based on ethnicity, culture, class, religion, or another common thread which allows people to find something of interest in each other.
Girls are usually grouped together based on initial elementary friend groups, and or community based neighborhoods, or ‘hoods.’ These girls generally have common interests based on blocks where they live, classes, and school bus routes.
3. Members may choose to identify themselves with nicknames, tattoos, specific slang, distinctive graffiti tags, or specific styles of dress.
Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadets – you see where I’m going with this – just climbing the gang ranks. If you didn’t have patches on patches sewn to your vest, you knew you didn’t try and no one respected you. You had to have a vest so patched out, it looked like a quilt on your back. Nothing less than perfection was accepted.
4. Often, if not always require indicative hand gesture, slogan, identifying sign or graffiti during meetings and greetings.
5. Seeks to exercise control over a particular geographic location or region, or it may simply defend its perceived interests against rivals.
Girl Scouts are constantly defending coveted neighborhood territory against rival gangs like: other girl scout troops – specifically those within the same elementary school – the dreaded boy scouts, do good church-led youth groups, and/or any extracurricular activity dedicated to the betterment of society as a whole.
6. Infamous for being involved in activities of questionable legality.
Bragging rights for most cookies sold was essential, prudent, and imperative. Losing was not an option. If you had to work twelve-hour sale days, you did it. If you had to walk eight miles in your fifth grade shoes after soccer practice, you did it. We learned one slogan, ABC: Always Be Closing.
There were no tears, only triumphs.
Always remember, if you see something, say something. Girl Scouts are taking over our communities one box of cookies at a time. Do your due diligence to stop your sisters, daughters, and friends from joining.
But if you have a hook-up to some Thin Mints, Tagalongs, Do-Si-Dos, hell any of those delicious seasonal treats, email me. Let’s talk, I’m never above an under the table transaction.