Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida

Because I Was a Girl Scout

Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Scouting

Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida is working to identify women who were Girl Scouts and who have made an impact that they attribute to being a Girl Scout or for whom Girl Scouting had a significant impact on their life. We will select some of these stories to generate brand awareness and visibility for Girl Scouting during our 100th Anniversary year and beyond. All stories will be available to view on this website.

Please Share Your Story with us.

Eligible women do not have to have been a Girl Scout here. You need to currently be part or full – time residents living in Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River or Okeechobee Counties OR have been a girl member in one of these counties.

Questions: Contact Lisa Johnson, 561-427-0175 or email

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Brooke Caputo

Because I was a Girl Scout, I take pride in teaching my own three daughters to honor God, our Country and be honest and respectful to others, at all times. My fondest memories of Girl Scouting are the bonds I had with the girls in my troop. My weekly troop meetings provide a sense of “normal” during a time when my parents divorced and my home life was tough. When I was a Brownie Girl Scout, I remember selling cookies at a McDonald’s in Port Jefferson, NY. Cookies were only $2 a box and an elderly women came to the booth, handed me $2 and walked away. When I spoke up to get her attention and let her know she forgot her cookies, she turned, winked, and said, “No, Honey, that’s for your troop. Have fun camping.” I was completely SHOCKED. I was only about 6 or 7 at the time, and it wasn’t like it is today, where we ask for donations for Cookies for the Military. Collecting donations at that time was unheard of.I was so touched by her generosity, that to this day, I still share the story time and time again. I donate money whenever I can, especially to unsuspecting recipients. I think it spreads joy, and simply pays it forward. I love to be an example to my three daughters, and was so proud of my 9-year-old daughter’s efforts to raise enough money to send over 150 boxes of cookies to our military troops! My daughters are already learning about giving. Recently, during a meal at a local McDonald’s, my daughter donated her change to the Ronald McDonald House and told me that it felt good to donate it. Needless to say, I was beaming with pride.(Brooke Caputo, Stay at home Mom, Former Girl Scout – Suffolk County, NY, 1983-1989)

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