Tuesday, January 21, 2014

So What's With the Girl Scouts?

I don't know how much of this I believe.. If it's true, sad. 
This weekend I stumbled upon a Facebook post that immediately grabbed my attention. One of my Facebook friends had shared a news article about how "radical" the Girls Scouts of America truly is. At first glance, I didn't believe any of the accusations made, and refused to believe that what I had heard was true. But then I found an article made public on CNN. It was the Verbatim text of letter from Indiana state Rep. Bob Morris, R-Fort Wayne, to fellow lawmakers. It stated some major accusations made against the Girl Scouts and their responses. It can be found here. Growing up, I spent my entire childhood as a Girl Scout, from the time that I was a Brownie until I was a Cadette/Studio 2B, the highest level you can achieve. 


The main points that the letter hits on is the fact that:

"abundant evidence proves that the agenda of Planned Parenthood includes sexualizing young girls through the Girl Scouts, that they promote homosexual lifestyles, and a radical feminist agenda"


The Girl Scouts was founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low in Georgia. During World War I, girls learned about food production and conservation, sold war bonds, worked in hospitals, and collected peach pits for use in gas mask filters. 



From then it has grown to a huge organization, teaching about leadership, business skills, and outdoors survival with 3.2 million members as of 2013. As a Girl Scout, I have distinct memories. Summers at Girl Scout camp, troop trips, holiday bazaar Sales, and of course, Cookie Sales. We met in this Catholic Church, where some of the troop members attended, as well as my Nana, who still attends the Parish to this day.



Every meeting (twice a month) we would recite the Girl Scout Promise, and the Girl Scout Law:

The Girl Scout Promise
On my honor, I will try:To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Girl Scout Law
I will do my best to behonest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and torespect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.
Then, we would go over our weekly agenda, learn about badges we could earn, and plan upcoming events, the biggest one being cookie sales of course. 

  • I know for a fact that we never were given any paraphernalia from Planned Parenthood. First of all, we met (and members were of the faith) in a Catholic church. We were all conservative Christians, and all attended private Christian school. Our parents were not pro-choice, and if the GSUSA had been wanting to teach us this stuff, they wouldn't have allowed it. I'm pro-life, and that will never change.  
  • I was never sexualized as a Girl Scout. Our parents taught us abstinence, and as I mentioned above, most of my troop was Catholic. We never had to learn about Sex or anything like that, it was all girl, all fun. At camp, we sang songs, learned survival skills, and went swimming. I will never forget those days.
  • As far as homosexuals go, I don't know what they mean by encouraging sexuality.. I don't encourage it, but I don't discriminate. I don't personally understand how they could be encouraging it, because I never experienced that. 
  • If the Girl Scouts promote a radical feminist agenda, then consider me a feminist. The values I learned while in Girl Scouts helped me learn about business ethics, responsibility, staying healthy, and those are the same values I would want to instill in any young girls I meet.
  • The Girl Scouts are huge advocates on religious freedom. They not only have badges and activities for Christian girls including Latter Day Saints (young women's recognization) but also Islamic, Jewish, and Buddhist girls too.  http://www.praypub.org/pdf_docs/toservegod.pdf

The GSUSA has made a statement about some of the accusations, and this is what they have to say:

"The GSUSA officially maintains a neutral position on abortion and birth control. Because the organization has a two-tiered leadership structure, however, local or regional chapters have the autonomy to partner with organizations of their choice, which may include, say, Planned Parenthood affiliates (or, for that matter, conservative organizations)."
This very well may be. Based on the location of the Chapter, some Girl Scout Chapter's may partner with liberal groups, while some stay with more conservative ones. I know for a fact that living in Wayzata, Minnesota, we didn't ever experience anything that people are saying Girl Scouts experience while in their troop. I loved my time there, and would recommend the Girl Scouts to any family who wants to join. However, if I were to come to find out that they do indeed support Planned Parenthood (give them money) then obviously my thoughts would change on that.

There is another organization, called American Heritage Girls, which is becoming more popular among conservative families.

They instill some of the same great values that the Girl Scouts do, but they have more of a religious backing to their organization, which excludes some faiths, which is why I would have a problem with it. Regardless, my stance is this: Get informed. Know what you are apart of, and if you don't agree, don't be apart of it. Get self educated on what activities you are letting your children be apart of. As I learn about more information, I will make it aware to all of you lovely readers!! I would LOVE to hear comments about your experiences with the Girl Scouts! Comment Below!



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Nat

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