The 89th Academy Awards air this Sunday, Feb. 26—and we can’t help but remember last year’s Oscars, when the Girl Scout Cookie Program took center stage.
Girls from Troop 5215 sold cookies to the stars as part of a segment conjured up by host Chris Rock, whose daughter is a Girl Scout. The girls rehearsed in secrecy in the days leading up to the main event. According to Cadette Girl Scout Aniyah G., “We got a real behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to put on such a show. There were producers, directors, camera people, and writers; people who did the lighting, wardrobe people, tutors, and so many more. It was like attending an entertainment industry career day!”
Images of celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, and Christian Bale devouring Girl Scout Cookies left an indelible impression on the ceremony’s 34 million viewers.
“We were thankful to have the opportunity to represent the organization, and got a kick out of being celebrities, if only for a few days,” said Aniyah.
Aniyah’s mom, Troop Leader Cicely Smart, reflected on how the cookie program has helped her Girl Scouts come into their own: “It’s been rewarding to see how far they have come as little entrepreneurs… It’s amazing to watch unfold right before your eyes. Although it’s a lot of work, the cookie-selling business is an all-around great experience for the girls.”
Sounds like a win—at the Oscars and beyond.
So this Sunday, join us in fondly remembering last year’s Academy Awards—and don’t forget to treat yourselves to the best viewing party snack around: Girl Scout Cookies.