In the world of Girl Scouts, appearing on a box of cookies is akin to getting your face on a box of Wheaties.
That honor now belongs to two Mason Girl Scouts, Quinn Robinson, an 11-year-old Mason Intermediate School fifth-grader, and Ally Astles, a 12-year-old seventh-grader at Mason Middle School.
The scouts belong to the Comet Skippers, a Mason-based double Dutch jump-rope team. They are depicted jumping rope on boxes of a new addition to the Girl Scouts’ arsenal of treats, the appropriately named Double Dutch chewy snack bars. The bars are part of the Girl Scouts’ annual cookie drive that began Friday and ends March 12.
This marks the first time in the 99-year history of the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio that two members of the nation’s fifth-largest council of scouts have appeared on a box of cookies or, in this case, chocolate-covered, oat-filled chewy snack bars.
“To be on that box is so amazing,” Ally gushed by phone from Amsterdam. She was in Europe assisting Skippers coach Carmen Simpson at an international conference of jump-rope teams.
“When we heard that we were going to be on the box,” Quinn said after returning from a sleepover where friends marveled at her new-found celebrity status, “we started high-fiving and jumping around.”
That’s proper behavior for a jump-rope team.
Simpson was approached in June by officials from the Scouts and the snack bar’s Louisville-based baker, Little Brownie, to have the girls pose for photos on the box.
“We went down to Louisville on a terribly hot day. The girls went through their routine again and again for the photographer,” Simpson said.
“They took a bazillion pictures,” Ally recalled.
Quinn swore the heat did not get to her or her teammates.
“It wasn’t that hot,” she insisted. “We did a bunch of different poses. So we didn’t get bored. Besides, we were having a good time.”
The photo on the box shows Ally and Quinn in the center. The rope-turner on the right is Rachel Yarano, a member of the Jumping Jaguars from Bowling Green, Ky. The rope-turner on the left is unseen on the cover of the box. But Sarah Cramer, a ninth-grader at Mason High School and a member of the Comet Skippers, appears on the snack bars’ wrappers.
This marks the first year, since Girl Scouts started selling cookies in 1917, that the organization is offering snack bars along with such standbys as Thin Mints and Samoas. The Double Dutch bar is joined by another variety, Tagalongs, chewy chocolate-covered peanut snack bars. Both bars are for sale on a test-market basis in an area limited to nine Girl Scout councils in 11 states (Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, Illinois, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Florida and Ohio) and Puerto Rico.
The Mason Girl Scouts have developed their own sales pitch for the Double Dutch bars.
Ally describes their taste as: “Amazing.” Quinn notes: “They taste like a chewy granola bar.”
Both Girl Scouts promise to autograph every box they sell.
“That would make us feel like stars,” Quinn said.
Ally also plans to tell her customers that her favorite Girl Scout cookie “used to be” a Thin Mint.
But now, she has jumped over to the Double Dutch camp.
“Double Dutch bars taste better,” she said.
They should. They have two special ingredients on the box: The faces of Quinn and Ally.