11 Celebs Who Are Former Girl Scouts
From Alyson Hannigan and Katie Lee to Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey and Dakota Fanning, it’s clear that young Girl Scouts ultimately become fierce female leaders.
Girl Scout Cookie Championship kicks off next Monday night (don’t miss it on February 3 at 8|7c) with five bakers battling in a series of sweet and demanding challenges. And yep, of course, there will be cookies — and actual Girl Scouts! The Girl Scouts visiting the show will be in good company as several members of the cast, plus more celebs you know and love, have revealed that they too are former Girl Scouts too.
Host Alyson Hannigan revealed to us that she was a Girl Scout as a kid. Though she looks back on the experience fondly, she’s quick to tell a funny story about supposedly losing a cookie order sheet many years ago. It turns out, though, that it was her mom — not her! — who actually misplaced the order sheet. (At least she’s able to laugh about it today, right?!)
Judges Katie Lee and Carla Hall look back on their days as Girl Scouts with smiles too. Katie was a Brownie and told us her adorable experience of selling cookies. “I was really into selling the cookies. That was my main reason for joining,” she explained. “I went to my dad’s office and I went door to door, and I shook hands with everybody because we were making a deal.”
As for Carla, participating in Girl Scouts was a rite of passage. Both her mom and her sister were troop leaders, Carla told us, and Carla was both a Brownie and a Girl Scout. Plus, she added, “One of the first things that I ever cooked was for a badge for Girl Scouts.”
We have high hopes that Taylor Swift will be tuning in to the premiere of Girl Scout Cookie Championship, since she was once a Girl Scout, according to Insider.com. In her song Thug Story featuring T-Pain, she sang, “I'm so gangster, you can find me baking cookies at night, You out clubbing but I just made caramel delights.”
Abigail Breslin may be all grown up now, but back in 2008, just as she was getting her start in acting, she also became a Girl Scout. According to the Girl Scouts blog, she “was sworn in as a Girl Scout during a ceremony at the 20th Century Fox studio lot in Studio City, California.”
You know Martha Stewart is an all-around wizard when it comes to leadership and empowerment, and something tells us that she first fostered that confidence as a young Girl Scout. “Girl Scout camp at South Mountain Retreat (in Orange, N.J.) taught me the real love of the outdoors, camaraderie and friendship,” she once noted.
BURBANK, CA - SEPTEMBER 22: Actress Dakota Fanning arrives for her induction ceremony into the Girls Scouts of the USA and a special screening of her movie "Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story" at the AMC Burbank 16 on September 22, 2005 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Dakota Fanning got her start in Hollywood at a young age. When she was just 10 years old she starred in the movie Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story, which includes the story of a particular Girl Scout chapter in Southern California. As recognition for her work on the film, Dakota became an "independent" Girl Scout (known as ‘a Juliette’) in 2005, during a special ceremony,” Vogue Italy writes.
Before Gwyneth was a Goop maven, she focused her attention on the business of being a Girl Scout, according to Insider.com. We’re no experts here, but we’d venture to say that a few Girl Scout Cookies can and should be part of a Goop-approved clean-eating plan.
Let’s just say that Christmas came early for us when we heard the news that beloved singer Mariah Carey was once among Girl Scout royalty, according to E News. As if we couldn’t love her any more…
Serena Williams (L) of the US speaks with her sister Venus WIlliams (R) before their matches in the Tie Break Tens New York tournament at Madison Square Garden March 5, 2018, featuring eight of the tours top female players competing for the $250,000 winners prize. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP via Getty Images)
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Family ties among Girl Scouts are pretty popular, as was the case for powerhouse sister duo Venus and Serena Williams. They were once part of another club, in addition to that of tennis. That’s right — they were Girl Scouts when they were kids, according to Insider.com.