A Brief History of Extreme Girl Scouts

updated 03/25/2014 at 05:00 PM EDT

originally published 03/25/2014 04:00PM

Girl Scout Cookie season is in full swing, and some Scouts have been making headlines lately for going above and beyond peddling Thin Mints and Samoas.

These aren't just regular Girl Scouts. They're Extreme Girl Scouts. The next few Girl Scouts you're about to read about are so bad they make the Bad News Bears look like the Good News … Kittens.

Deal with it.

The Girl Scout Who Sold 18,000+ Boxes

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Katie Francis

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Katie Francis sold 18,107 boxes in seven weeks. That narrowly bested the previous record, which had been held since the 1980s. For breaking a 30-year-old record with only time, commitment and verve, we salute you, Katie.



The Girl Scout Who Set Up Shop Outside a Marijuana Dispensary

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Danielle Lei selling cookies outside the Green Cross

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While it's not exactly the age of Reefer Madness anymore, it's still pretty brave to set up shop in front of a San Francisco marijuana dispensary, as Danielle Lei did, not to mention kind of genius.



The Girl Scouts Who Foiled a Shoplifter



Some Houston-area Girl Scouts were selling cookies at a grocery store March 9 when they noticed a man wheeling a full cart out of the store. The Scouts and their mothers alerted an employee, who called the police. The man was later arrested, and the Scouts presumably picked up the most badass of all badges: Robbery foiling.

The Girl Scout Troop for Girls with Incarcerated Moms



In 2006, PEOPLE visited Girl Scout Troop 1500 in Austin, Texas, one of 40 troops nationwide for girls with incarcerated moms. It takes a lot of strength to deal with an incarcerated parent, so kudos to these girls (the subject of the documentary Independent Lens: Troop 1500) for working through it with one another.

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