Yampa The young girls gathered around Eileen Rossi Friday learned that today's behavior dictates tomorrow's accomplishments.
Rossi, a part-time officer for the Oak Creek Police Department, capped an afternoon of celebrating careers.
She told the seven youngsters seated by her on the floor that honesty and commitment to do the right thing would only benefit their future endeavors.
The girls make up the only Brownie and Daisy troop in South Routt.
"All those things that you are learning in Girl Scouts will help you," Rossi said.
Rossi, who also serves as the deputy coroner for the Routt County Coroner's Office, encouraged her young audience to pursue any profession they wanted.
Few women go after her line of work, she said.
The girls dressed up in a number of costumes earlier in the afternoon to show each other the jobs they intended to do when they were older.
Reporters and chefs and teachers and actresses filled the room, and the girls tried to guess each others' intended professions.
Marcie Norris, an 8-year-old Brownie, put on scrubs and held tightly to the doll in her arms.
None of the other costumes would do, she said, because she only wants to be a pediatrician when she grows up.
Troop leader Jennifer Redmond spent the past two months collecting an assortment of costumes at second-hand stores and rummage sales.
She said she wanted to prompt the girls to begin thinking about their future now.
"It's to give them an idea of what's out there so they can set goals for themselves," Redmond said.
The goal-setting served a second purpose.
Jan. 11 marked the first day of the Girl Scout cookie sale.
Fifty cents from the sale of every $3 box of cookies goes back to the girls.
They use the profits to fund activities throughout the year.
Last year the girls used some of their money to finance a trip to the Six Flags amusement park in Denver. A similar trip this summer requires the troop to work hard and practice financial responsibility, Redmond said.
They must determine how many boxes each girl must sell in order to reach their fund-raising goals, she said.
"It gives them something to look forward to," she said.
The cookie sale runs through Jan. 25, and cookies will be delivered Feb. 9-18.
Redmond said she encourages her troop to sell cookies to family and friends first before going door to door with their order forms.
Rossi stressed that the girls use common sense and caution when selling cookies to strangers.
She reminded them to take an adult with them, be wary of strangers and practice politeness and good manners when dealing with customers.