There are a lot of characters in this series, so to make it a little easier to keep track, here’s a guide to the members of the BSC. This is quick and dirty, but for a more in-depth guide, please pick up any of the billions of books in the series and read the first or second chapter. (I’m not going to profile any of the baby-sitters’ charges, especially not Jamie Newton.)
Kristy Thomas (President): Kristy thought up the BSC, and is therefore its president. She’s an idea person and bossy, and also a tomboy. I think the common assumption among adult fans is that she is a lesbian, but she dated Bart for a while, so let’s just trust her to know herself, okay? She has brown hair and wears a lot of t-shirt and jeans combos. I used to hate her, but I have grown to appreciate her, much like I have grown to appreciate Miranda in SatC.
Claudia Kishi (VP): Claudia has a phone in her bedroom, so the girls have their meetings there, and therefore Claudia is VP. She’s not booksmart, but she’s artsy and is always dressed very cool and funky. She likes eating junk food, but it’s banned in the Kishi house so she has to hide it around her room, like in a hollowed-out book, which I still think is the best. And she’s Asian.
Stacey McGill (Treasurer): Stacey is super-cool and super good at math, although that is actually seldom brought up in the books themselves. She’s originally from the exotic world of New York City, but her parents are divorced and Stacey moved with her mom to backwoods Stoneybrook and for sure there is no convenient way to get from suburban CT to NYC so all the other girls are totally in awe of her. Also, she is diabetic and BOY is that ever an issue. She’s blonde and trendy and one of her NYC friends lives in The Dakota.
Mary Anne Spier (Secretary): Have you ever met me? Then you’ve met Mary Anne. She is quiet and shy and organized, with straight brown hair. She loves cats. She has one dead parent. We are practically twins!! The only difference is that one of us has a boyfriend. Stupid old Mary Anne. Get it girl, I guess.
Dawn Schafer (Alternate Officer): Dawn is what the other members of the BSC call “California Casual.” They say that about her a lot. Her parents are also divorced, and she lives with her mom in CT while her brother and father live in CA. Well, okay, that seems a little outrageous, but there are all kinds of families out there. She’s got beautiful long blonde hair and likes nature and healthy eating.
Mallory Pike (Junior Officer): MALLORY PIKE IS ELEVEN YEARS OLD. Calm down, Mallory! You are eleven! Judging from how whiny you are at eleven, you are going to be fucking insufferable in high school. She has red hair and glasses and, I believe, braces, so her life is fucking terrible. She’s also the oldest of about nine hundred children, but she doesn’t appreciate having so many siblings, so I always hated her. She likes horses and books. Oh come on, Mallory. You have a great life.
Jessi Ramsay (Junior Officer): Jessi is also eleven and she is African American, from the only family of African Americans in the whole town. And it’s a problem! She’s also a ballerina, and because she’s eleven she’s very serious about it. Besides being a ballerina and African American, there’s not a whole lot going on there. Poor Jessi.