Cookies and Craft Brews

The Girl Scouts River Valleys inspire girls to reach their highest potential


Brewing leaders

photos by Haley Frieson


On January 19, supporters of the Girl Scouts River Valleys gathered at Urban Growler Brewing Company to sample flights of craft beers paired with Girl Scout cookies, and to support a brighter future for girls.

Erik Carlson: My older sister was a Girl Scout, and I remember being jealous of her. I had a bout with the Boy Scouts, but it wasn’t the same—they did a lot of masculine stuff, and I’m not all that masculine. Girl Scouts promotes the interpersonal connection and who you are as a person.

Deb Loch: Growing up, I wasn’t part of a camping family—unless you count going to Yogi Bear parks—but I developed an appreciation for the outdoors when I was in the Girl Scouts. Looking back, I got a lot valuable skills and experiences that I don’t think I could have gotten elsewhere.

Genevieve Plumadore: I moved around a ton when I was younger. Wherever we went, I always ended up being a Girl Scout. It was the easiest way to make friends and be a part of the community, and formed me into the feminist that I am today. It’s girl power all the way.

Jadin Jackson: My three daughters are all Girl Scouts. A few years ago, my youngest was able to put the first aid skills she learned to use. An elderly lady in our neighborhood fell and hurt herself. Even though blood was involved, my daughter and her friends had the confidence that they could handle the situation, which was really impressive.

Becky Horton: The Gold Award I earned through Girl Scouts got me a scholarship to St. Kate’s, which helped offset my college costs. Now, my daughter is a Girl Scout, and this year I’ve been helping as a co-leader. The Girl Scouts is really strong on empowering girls to be leaders in whatever interests them.

As told to Nancy Rosenbaum

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