98-Year-Old Girl Scout Continues Tradition By Selling As Many Cookies As She Can

Ronnie Backenstoe has been a Girl Scout since 1932 when she was only 10 years old and joined in her hometown of Lake George, New York! Pennsylvania news station WMFZ-TV reports that Ronnie is still attempting to sell as many Girl Scout cookies as she can possibly accomplish.

She was able to show off her ability to sell at her retirement home, Phoebe Berks, when she joined the team at her local scouts' troop.

The Reading Eagle newspaper reported that Ronnie had been the director of the Poconos' Camp Mosey Wood, was a field director in a number of counties, and that she didn't retire from active scouting until 1976 after 45 long and fruitful years.


WFMZ reports that the current cookie season had its official start on January 7. New Lemon-Ups, a lemon-flavored cookie, have replaced Savannah Smiles to join the usual classic flavors.

Also having a debut is the revamped packaging featuring updated images of current members who are participating in a range of experiences that are made possible by the Cookie Program.

Ronnie continues to firmly believe in the Girl Scouts’ core mission which is empowering the future generation and that scouting teaches you how to live.

The girls learn business and financial skills from selling cookies, which will position them for future success and leadership, and purchasing those cookies supports female entrepreneurs, according to Sylvia Acevedo, the CEO of Girl Scouts of United States of America.

Does anyone in your family sell Girl Scout cookies? Do you have any interesting stories to tell about their experiences or perhaps from the days when you also sold them? Let us know!