Ronnie Backenstoe is a 98-year-old from Pennsylvania, United States. She was born in 1922 and became a Girl Scout in 1932 when she was 10 years old. Since then, Ronnie has been a faithful Girl Scout by selling cookies every single year. In other words, Ronnie has been selling Girl Scout cookies for 88 years! She is currently an active troop member. According to her troop leader, Barbara Allen Perelli, Ronnie has non-stop energy and gets along with her young fellow scouts by making them laugh. When asked why being a Girl Scout is so important to Ronnie, she explained how Girl Scouting is a part of living that teaches great life lessons. “The purpose is to teach the girls a little salesmanship for one thing. They learn to balance their budgets. They learn to be courteous when they go to the doors and introduce themselves. It’s all that little detail,” Ronnie said during an interview. “That’s the purpose of Girl Scouting.”
Ray Hong Staff Reporter
1. Why does Ronnie Backenstoe think being a Girl Scout is so important to her?
1. What is the biggest life lesson that you have ever learned in your life?