Ronnie Backenstoe of Wernersville, Pennsylvania, was born in 1922. Her mother allowed her to join the Girl Scouts when she was 10. She's still a troop member, and has been selling Girl Scout cookies since the Great Depression. Recently she had a table to sell cookies in Phoebe Berks, the retirement community where she lives.
Fellow scouts joined her at her cookie sale. Troop Leader Barbara Allen Perelli says that, even at 98, Ronnie's energy is non-stop. Younger scouts in the troop (none are older) say she often makes them laugh. Backenstoe believes scouting is just a part of living. "That's really what Girl Scouting is," she says. "It teaches you how to live. And her favorite Girl Scout cookie has always been peanut butter.