Both my daughters have been in GS since Daisies. I was the "cookie dad" for my oldest daughters troop a couple of years ago. I volunteer to unload the truck when the cookies come in, count them, help parents load their cars, etc. I also drive the troops around to different activities, day camps and field trips. There are some things in life that you do because you have to.. Go to work, pay bills, get stuck in traffic..Then there are things you do because you can, build trail, ride your bike, volunteer and try to make a difference.
I don't completely agree with the amount of money that council gets for a $4 box of cookies but they have a huge amount of over head. Camps cost money to run. Horses have to eat. Staff has to be paid. Cabins require upkeep. And all this requires lots and lots of insurance. If you don't like the cookies, or think they are overpriced, just consider it a donation. Give a Girl Scout $4 and tell them to keep the cookies. I give money to the United Way, the Salvation Army when they have their bucket brigades going. I've ran in a ton of 5k's to raise money for cancer, playground equipment and band field trips. Its certainly nice to get a poorly designed t-shirt for my efforts but that's not why I do it. Four bucks is about the minimum that I leave for a tip and all I require in return is a full glass of water with a lemon.