LIFE WITHOUT DO-SI-DOS: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to the Girl Scouts

 Who can turn away a sweet little girl, boxes of cookies in her wagon, smiling hopefully at your front door? 

And who can turn down the savory pleasures to be found in every box of Thin Mints and Samoas and Savannahs? 

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Well, I can.

You see, the proceeds from the sale of Girl Scout cookies are divided:  You may be happy with your local Scout leader, happy with the projects undertaken by your local Girl Scout Council.  However, while a portion of the proceeds of cookie sales remains within the local Council, the funds are shared with the State and National organizations to help in their administrative costs.  So every dollar spent on Tagalongs and Lemon Chalet Cremes will help to advance the Girl Scouts’ liberal far-left policies.

 Over the past few years, I’ve heard the criticisms of Girl Scouts’ political agenda: 

  • their pursuit of a “Self-Esteem” curriculum over the merit badges I remember from my daughter’s Girl Scout days;
  • their removal, in 1992, of God from the Girl Scout pledge; and
  • their leftist, feminist, values-neutral, pro-abortion platform.

 Loving Trefoils and Tagalongs as I do, I didn’t want to believe that the dollars I spent on Girl Scout cookies would be used for anything other than a Jamboree weekend where girls could learn about camping and cooking and crafts. 

So this year I set out to conduct a little research, before making the “Supremes” sacrifice and jumping off of the Brownie bandwagon.

What I found was a “smoking gun” of innuendo and insinuation, but also overt actions against family values—most notably the organization’s cozy working relationship with Planned Parenthood.

 GIRL SCOUTS SEPARATES IDEOLOGICALLY FROM BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA ON HOMOSEXUALITY IN SCOUTING – March 1998

In the 1990s, the Scouting world was abuzz with news of a case wending its way through the courts, regarding the Boy Scouts’ dismissal of a scoutmaster who was openly homosexual.  The Boy Scouts issued a statement reiterating that “an avowed homosexual is not a role model for the values espoused in the Scout Oath and Law.”  The Supreme Court ultimately defended the Scouts’ right to exclude practicing homosexuals from their organization; but some cautious sponsors withdrew their support for the organization.  

Girl Scouts of the USA launched a preemptive campaign, distancing itself from the boys and issuing hasty press releases reconfirming their acceptance of alternate lifestyles.  Girl Scouts, they explained, have anti-discrimination policies, while barring sexual interactions between leaders and children.  Girl Scout spokesman Juergen Barbusca explained, “Your sexuality has absolutely no bearing on your personal character.  You can be a role model for a young man or woman regardless of your sexual inclination.”

The Girl Scouts’ inclusive policy left no assurance, however, that one adult leader would not buddy up to another while on a camping trip.

“PREGNANCY PREVENTION” IN WACO, TEXAS – 2004

In early 2004, a local pro-life organization in Texas, Pro-Life Waco, mounted an advertising campaign on Christian radio, encouraging people to boycott Girl Scout cookies because of the Girl Scouts’ relationship with Planned Parenthood.  One of the charges leveled against Planned Parenthood in Waco, Texas, was that they had distributed a book, “It’s Perfectly Normal,” to 700 grade-school girls.  That guide, according to reporter Juda Myers (http://www.newswithviews.com/Myers/juda101.htm), celebrates masturbation and includes explicit drawings of couples having sex and a boy putting on a condom, as well as listing nine “good reasons” why women have abortions.

Pro-Life Waco noted that in Waco there was an abstinence organization, called McCAP, but that Girl Scouts has had no working relationship with that group—depending, instead, solely on the abortion provider for its sexuality curriculum.  On March 5, 2004, the Today Show’s Lester Holt welcomed Pro-Life Waco’s co-director, John Pisciotta, to discuss the boycott.  Was it, Holt asked, a failure—since Girl Scout cookie sales had actually increased?

Pisciotta explained:

Well, I don’t call it backfire.  I’m very pleased that Girl Scout cookie sales have increased….   We used the Girl Scout cookie sales as a way to educate and to let people know about this relationship [with Planned Parenthood].  And when moms and dads across this 14-county area found out about it, many of them were… outraged by it.

Girl Scouts CEO Kathy Cloninger affirmed that the organization had bowed to community pressure and had ended their partnership with Planned Parenthood, but added that the organization would still in some way try to deal with the problem of sexuality. 

“We have relationships with our church communities, with YWCAs, and with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country, to bring information-based sex education programs to girls.  It’s really impossible,” Cloninger said, “for girls to grow up in today’s society without having access to good information.”  That “good information” includes, apparently, information embracing teen sexuality (including homosexuality), contraception, and the abortion option.

“MODERNIZING” THE GIRL SCOUTS – MARCH 2008

 On March 25, 2008, a Wall Street Journal article by Ellen Byron reported that the Girl Scouts were reinventing themselves.  Their concern was that they were viewed by many as “a rigid, old-fashioned organization focused on cookie fund-raisers and campouts.” Laurel Richie was in charge of redefining the organization and reshaping its image into a cutting-edge club for “modern” young women.  The curriculum expanded to include self-esteem, body image, sexuality, and a renewed focus on gender issues.

CONTROVERSY AT THE UNITED NATIONS – MARCH 2010

In March 2010, the Girl Scouts and Girl Guides co-hosted a workshop at the United Nations, as part of the annual meetings of the UN’s Commission on the Status of Women.  At that no-adults-welcome workshop, Planned Parenthood distributed an inflammatory brochure for young women titled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.”  The shocking brochure, aimed at young people with HIV, contains graphic details on sex, recommending oral sex as a pleasurable alternative to vaginal or anal intercourse.  “Just have fun,” the brochure says, “explore and be yourself.”

According to the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM), the brochure goes on to encourage young people to “Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body.  Play with yourself!  Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating.  Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from the very soft to hard.  Talk about or act out your fantasies.  Talk dirty to them.”  (McKeegan, Terrence, J.D., “Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthood Sex Guide at UN Meeting.”  3/11/2010)

The brochure further advocates for privacy restrictions, calling federal laws which require HIV-positive people to tell their partners their health status “a violation of the rights of people living with HIV.”  Fear of revealing a secret, hiding drug use, or hiding an extramarital affair are all reasons, the brochure explains, why HIV-infected individuals may need to keep their status secret. 

In the interest of fair reporting, I might add that Kathy Cloninger, CEO of Girl Scouts USA, denies that Girl Scouts distributed the pamphlet.  There is plenty of evidence that they did, however.

Sharon Slater of Family Watch International and Stand for the Family was at the UN event when the event organizers asked all adults (except for delegates from the seven sponsoring organizations) to leave the room.  Slater returned to the room at the conclusion of the girls-only workshop to find “Healthy, Happy and Hot” brochures laid out on a table at the rear of the room.  The brochure, produced by the International Planned Parenthood Foundation, encourages casual sex in many forms, and depicts both same-sex and opposite-sex couples. 

A few days later, the pamphlets were again distributed at a panel discussion for the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), of which Girl Scouts USA is a member organization.  (Drew Zahn, “Girl Scouts hiding secret agenda?” WorldNetDaily exclusive, posted March 10, 2010)

GIRL SCOUTS AND THE SELF-ESTEEM MOVEMENT

“Vision 2020” – As recently as October 2010, GSUSA participated in “Vision 2020”—a national institute of the Institute for Women’s Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine.  Vision 2020 focuses on advancing gender equality (emphasis mine) by “energizing the dialogue about women and leadership.” 

GIRL SCOUTS ON SEXUAL ACTIVITY AND PREGNANCY

Who is best equipped to explain sexuality to pre-pubescent girls?  Not their families, according to the Girl Scouts. Since the family is, according to Scout propaganda, ill prepared to impart values-neutral information regarding the intricacies of sexual expression, then GSA should step up to assume this leadership role.  In a report titled Teens Before Their Time (2000), the Girl Scout Research Institute reported that:

“Just as young girls are confronted with difficult “teen” issues like dating and sex at an increasingly early age, they are learning that their family confidantes are often unwilling or unable to discuss such issues.”

Citing a 2006 report on Sexually Active Teens published in the Child and Youth Indicators Databank (ChildTrends.org), Girl Scouts reports on their website that in 2005, roughly a third of both male and female high school students reported being sexually active.  The same report showed that more than half of male and female teens have participated in oral sex. 

Girl Scouts, on their website, quote the Guttmacher Institute, the research arm of Planned Parenthood, reporting that annually there are 750,000 teen pregnancies—81% of them to unmarried young girls. 

But in the face of such sobering statistics, GSA turns to just about everyone except the family for assistance.  The Girl Scouts’ website fails to even mention the family as a source of strength and moral guidance:

“Youth development, education, health, out-of-school time, social services, and government organizations can have a positive effect on girls and boys as they face decisions related to sexual activity and pregnancy.”

GIRL SCOUTS ON GENDER, RACE AND EQUALITY

Again in the area of gender and race, Girl Scouts USA senses a perilous lack of fairness in the United States regarding matters of gender and race:

Girls understand that equality is still an issue in the United States.  They see differences in influence among different groups, in opportunity to gain leadership positions across gender, and even the difference a woman President would make in the lives of other girls and women. 

The Girl Scouts further supported a socialist redistribution of resources. Responding to an apparent leading question, nearly 70% of girls surveyed by the Girl Scouts Research Institute thought that wealthy business leaders have too much; nearly two-thirds of girls thought that young people have too little. 

A HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE TO GIRL SCOUTS USA

Parents and school groups who favor a club for girls, but who are concerned about the Girl Scouts’ feminist anti-life agenda, do have somewhere else to turn. 

American Heritage Girls is a nonprofit Christ-centered character development program dedicated to the mission of building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country. American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 in West Chester, Ohio, by a group of parents wanting a wholesome program for their daughters, and has a noble Mission that is reminiscent of the Girl Scouts of old:

“Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country.”

The AHG Oath holds high the values which Christian families hold dear, and to which young women should aspire:

“I promise to love God,

Cherish my family,

Honor my country, and

Serve in my community.” 

American Heritage Girls is the first all girls’ organization to partner with the century-old Boy Scouts of America.  Recognizing that the Girl Scouts USA no longer shared the values on which the Boy Scouts organization was founded, BSA reached out to form a a new partnership with American Heritage Girls.  On June 12, 2009, the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Mutual Support.  The document was signed by the National Director and Founder of the American Heritage Girls on the same kitchen table where AHG was founded 15 years earlier.

The Boy Scouts and the American Heritage Girls continue to work cooperatively on service projects, membership growth and programming initiatives across the nation.

For more information on forming a Council of the American Heritage Girls, visit their website:  www.ahgonline.org.

  • Colleen McInnis

    Great info! I would also like to recommend http://www.eccehomopress.com/Little-Flowers-Home.html for Little Flowers Girls Club and http://www.atgseries.com/ for All Things Girl Club.

  • http://KevinOrlinJohnson.com Kevin Orlin Johnson

    Well, see, here once again simply being a miser keeps one from so many temptations. The day I pay that much for a little box of cookies you can put me on my pyre and light it.

  • http://HonestGirlScouts.com Susan Riedley

    Thanks for shedding light on this issue! For even more detailed history of the connection between Girl Scouts, Planned Parenthood and other radical organizations, go to HonestGirlScouts.com. Did you know that Betty Friedan, founder of the National Organization of Women and the National ABORTION and Reproductive Rights Action League was on the board of Girls Scouts for 12 YEARS? See the evidence yourself.

  • Jane E. Petry

    To see evil and do nothing is evil. Thank you for spreading the message. It is so very difficult for mothers to believe that the legendary GS could possibly have an agenda not in keeping with our faith. As a 67 yr. Old Lifetime Mbr. of the GS I can say that I did not want to accept the facts. When I did see that my beloved GS were not what they used to be I deceided to expose them for the org. they have become. This is not a journey that I asked for but it is a mission I accept. Who could say NO to God? As mothers, grandmothers and women we need to be role models and summon the courage to join others in the spreading of truth regarding this once wholesome org. I stay involved so that I can in fact oversee what is going on and have a voice. Please log on http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com and go to FB Make the Girl Scouts Clean Again and also FB honest girl scouts.com We have no hope that the GS will clean up their agenda. Follow the money trail$$$$$ I am so proud of the people who are exposing the GS. This is not an easy task. We need our Arch. Catholic Comms and our National Foundation for Catholic Youth Ministry and also the NCCGSCF to support the call to separating from this evil orginazation. Please make calls to your parish,Arch, and national offices and demand they do their homework. It is their job to represent our interest. God Bless all who accept the call to protect our girls innocense. Jane E. Petry St.L. Mo. vist FB MAKE THE GIRL SCOUTS CLEAN AGAIN. Thank you Austin Ruse for keeping us informed.

    • Dayton Perkins

      Jane, I need to talk to you about the girl scouts. How best to contact you?

  • Bryan Toy

    You are kidding, right? You are against an organization that has the following as their Oath?
    I will do my best to be
    honest and fair,
    friendly and helpful,
    considerate and caring,
    courageous and strong, and
    responsible for what I say and do,
    and to
    respect myself and others,
    respect authority,
    use resources wisely,
    make the world a better place, and
    be a sister to every Girl Scout.

    Pick another fight. You are hurting people who are on your side.

  • Brendan McSean

    Bryan,

    The oath is all fine and dandy, until you look at how the organization itself puts it into practice. Have you seen the new ‘Journeys’ books. The ‘Amuse’ book for 4-6 graders give glowing reviews to a play (“Simply Maria”) that portrays marriage by having a dog collar placed on the protagonist and having her lead away on all fours. The play also encourages girls to ‘touch themselves’

    The the “Media” book for girls in the 6-8 grades gives a two page glowing report on Carol Jenkins as a model of women in media (pgs 70&71). They list as an example of this, her co founding of the “Womens Media Center” with Gloria Steinem and Jane Fonda. They provide a link to the Women’s Media Center

    http://www.womensmediacenter.org

    Here is their ‘partners’ list

    http://www.womensmediacenter.org/ind…/partners.html

    This organization does not deserve the support of Catholics. The American Heritage Girls looks like a MUCH better alternative.

    Here is THEIR Creed

    I promise to love God,
    Cherish my family,
    Honor my country,
    and Serve in my community.

    As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to be:
    Compassionate — Understanding others in fellowship, empathy, kindness, and caring. Respect others’ opinions and emotions.
    Helpful — Willingly serve others.
    Honest — Always tell the truth and keep my promise.
    Loyal — True to God, family, friends, community and country.
    Perseverant — Continuing to strive toward a goal despite obstacles.
    Pure — Keep my mind and body pure.
    Resourceful — Wisely use my time, materials and talents.
    Respectful — Honor my country, be obedient to those in authority and courteous to all.
    Responsible — Accountable for my own actions. Reliable in all situations.
    Reverent — Faithful and honoring to God. Respectful to the beliefs of others.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Heritage_Girls

  • Deb

    Yes, I am with Brendan, the oath looks all too innocent and then wham….you do your homework and find out what “lies beneath.” Do not be fooled by the innocent. Why do you think that GS sends little girls out with cookies? Who can resist them? I do not believe in the organization and I have a hard time saying no (although I still do). What is the word for that, oh yeah, exploitation. Sending young innocent girls out to collect money that goes back to causes that are liberal and feminist( do I have to say pro-choice, I think it is assumed). Girls need an organization that will encourage their faith, their pro-life values and their dignity as a girl/woman (that God made them to be). The agenda seeping into GS curriculum is not in that direction at all. Their ties to WAGGS, Planned Parenthood, hot and sexy sex books for girls (check out UN and Girl Scouts on google) and radical authors who write horrific plays degrading the role of a mother….need I go on. There financial report speaks for itself too, they rake in the moolah and the ladies sitting on the top earn very big salaries so you if you say “what’s in it for them?” Well, plenty. Local troops may try to be faithful and fun and do what you would expect GS to do, but the money from cookies still filters straight up and you can forget a troop a troop if you do not sell those darn tag alongs. They make it nearly impossible to keep going without the cookie sales. American Heritage Girls is the alternative. It is “catching on” as people “catch on” to the agenda that GS holds dear. It is a great alternative and the women at the top are strong Christian, pro-life, pro-women of God ladies. I say “YAY” for American Heritage Girls. Check out http://www.ahgonline.org!

  • Suzanne McConnell

    Thank you for informing everyone..I’ve been learning about this from other sources..we must educate people before more and more little girls are harmed. God bless you.

  • Cindy

    THANK YOU1 I am hearing and reading more and more about the radical agenda of the Girl Scouts. Sure, the pledge sounds fine on the surface, but why the need to remove God from that pledge? Parents remember growing up with an orgaznization that promoted goodness, wholesomeness, and service. Those qualities are no longer at the forefront for Girl Scouts. Do the research, check out the facts, and find an organization that upholds your morals and principles. Our daughters deserve the best. Girl Scouts no longer offer that.

    This does beg the question, “Why do our churches support troops?” Just recently Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts alike were honored at Masses all over our archdiocese. While this is not problematic for Boy Scouts, it is problematic for Girl Scouts. Their agenda flies in the face of Catholic moral teaching. Girl Scouts were honored by the archbishop at a Mass in our cathedral. No doubt, you will be approached during coffee and donuts or at a pancake breakfast at your church to buy Girl Scout cookies. It’s time for churches to tell the Girl Scouts they are no longer welcome, while providing girls with an appropriate alternative.

    Remember, it’s not the girls who need a lecture. Talk to the adults involved.

    • Christy V

      Thank you Cindy. It’s sad but true that Girl Scouts does not deserve the cover of the Catholic Church. Recently, two brave bishops from North Dakota, Bishops Paul A. Zipfel of Bismarck and Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo, made the following statement … “Catholic Church facilities should not be used to promote, endorse or fundraise for organizations if their policies are contrary to Church teaching”, the bishops explained. “…we urge attentiveness to the possibility of endorsing an organization whose mission or affiliation may be morally objectionable or, at least, questionable.”

  • Elizabeth

    This is misleading. The GS promise has NOT been changed “On my Honor, I will try, to serve GOD, my country and mankind and to live by the Girl Scout Law”.
    How sad to make news out of nothing. There’s enough hate in the world without adding to it.

    • Suzanne Bante

      Thanks you for how you for writing the truth!

  • J. E.

    Elizabeth,

    True, the GS promise has not exactly changed. However, I’m looking at the GS Journey, “It’s your world – Change it!” as I type.

    The Daisy and Brownie book have retained the promise (though not quite exactly as you quoted):

    On my honor, I will try:
    To serve God and my country,
    To help other people at all times,
    And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

    However, starting with the junior book (grades 4-5), an asterisk is added after the word God. Look at the bottom of the page to find:

    *Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God”.

    Have they removed God? Not quite. But, what they’ve encouraged smacks of moral relativism. If they were just trying to be inclusive, they could have at least written something like:

    *Girl Scouts of the USA makes no attempt to define or interpret the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise. It looks to individual members to, in consultation with their parents, and spiritual advisers, establish for themselves the nature of their spiritual beliefs. When making the Girl Scout Promise, individuals may substitute wording appropriate to their own spiritual beliefs for the word “God”.

    But, they don’t even do that. It’s every girl can believe whatever *she* thinks is best. And THAT is contrary to our Catholic teaching. True, we are called to follow our own conscience… but that conscience must be formed with the light of Truth.

    Furthermore, maybe I missed it, but I don’t see where Mrs. Schiffer said that the GS promise had been changed. She wrote:

    “Over the past few years, I’ve heard the criticisms of Girl Scouts’ political agenda:
    …their removal, in 1992, of God from the Girl Scout pledge;…”

    I’m inclined to take Mrs. Schiffer at her word that she has indeed heard that criticism.

  • Kathy Schiffer

    Thanks to all who have taken time to read this post, to reconsider their allegiance to the Girl Scouts, and to send their comments.

    If you are still unconvinced that the Scouts have radicalized in recent years, a quick Google search will turn up plenty of documentation. For example, read some comments regarding the Santa Clara Girl Scouts and deletion of the reference to “God” in their pledge:

    http://www.crossroad.to/Q&A/GirlScouts.htm.

    And Catholic writer Kathryn Jean Lopez addressed the Girl Scouts’ increasing politicization and feminization in the October 2000 issue of The National Review:

    http://old.nationalreview.com/23oct00/lopez102300.shtml.

    It’s not your mother’s Girl Scout troop any more!

    Kathy

  • Susan

    You can do a quick Google search for 9/11 conspiracy, aliens, and many other things. You can find people that have a problem with any cause. Do your own homework. Make sure you use reputable sources. (I am not trying to imply any of these sources are not reputable) Look at one of these books yourself, talk to the scout leaders. This person may be well intentioned or may have had a problem with the scouts. Find out for yourself what they are about.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      Susan, I’ve been challenged recently, and have had to recheck my sources for the original post. I continue to research, but what I have found reinforces my original opinion. For example, Austin Ruse, executive director of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, stands by his earlier criticism and has told me that my article is “solid.” Jimmy Akin of Catholic Answers has cautioned parents. And there is an opinion column by Jennifer Hartline on Catholiconline.org you should check out– she is kind, but she is more opposed than I was, and for good reason.

      You may be in a very strong Scout organization at the local level. If so, I commend you for wanting to help young girls. And I urge you to read the Catholic Online article– It’s really important.

  • http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com girl scouts why not

    Great job exposing the Girl Scouts for what they really are; just like the devil – they are deceptive and are preying on the young and vulnerable. We see you have added a lot of great information to your site since we last visited. Our family launched our website in May of 2010 and then re-launched it with even more information in January of 2011. Originally you had directed people to our site. Could you please refer people to our website http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com again?

    • Kathy Schiffer

      I’m actually about to reissue this, with some additional documentation. You’ll be included! Thanks for your post.

  • Suzanne Bante

    I find your lack of research deploring on this issue. You have no contact with Girl Scouts and yet you write these lies.

    *Did you know that American Heritage Girls are responsible for telling a girl scout in Catholic School that she will go to hell!.
    *Do you know that I have seen adult leaders demeaned in their parishes for serving as a Girl Scout Leader!
    *A little girl was told by a gentleman that he would not buy cookies because “Girl Scouts do not believe in God” and the little 1st grader looked at him and said that “we say God in our promise”
    *That Teresa Tomeo of the Catholic Connection a Nation wide Catholic Radio Show found the material on the the C-Fam UN articles to not be credible as did the main steam media.

    Shame on you for creating more hurt. Unfortunately, as a Catholic must not be aware of the word of John Paul II who challenges to engage in the culture an their community. You to my understanding have not had daughters who were Girl Scouts and are not and have not been involved in the organization for since you were possibly a girl. The lack of Christian Behavior and the lies on the internet are examples true cruelty to other people.

    Much of what you quote is prior to the 2005 agreement between the Catholic Church and GSUSA. Try some honest research!

    Mother Theresa states that if you are so busy with criticism you have no room to love.

    I am here to tell you that what has happened in our Archdiocese is just cruel and not Christian behavior or following the teachings of the Catholic Church.

    I am a leader for over 24 years who has worked with over 400 GS religious medal awardees. I am working in our Catholic Church and GS for Change.

    Shame on you and the cruel people who justify their behavior as a result of material like your posting!

  • Kathy Schiffer

    Hi Susan,
    It’s Girl Scout season again, so I’m about to reissue a post on this topic. Your friend Alan contacted me by mail, asking me to remove the post (although he did it in a much kinder and more professional way than you, with your screeching criticism).

    I certainly would never want to use my blog to carry anything factually inaccurate. Therefore, I contacted several of the people whose articles and reports contributed to my research– including Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of the National Review On-line; and Austin Ruse, president of C-FAM, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute. Sorry, but I was reaffirmed. Mr. Ruse assured me that my report is accurate and comprehensive. I stand on my original claims.

    My daughter was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. I know that you are well-meaning, and that you really care about the girls in your troops. Please consider whether they would be better served by participating in American Heritage Girls.

  • Friend

    Ms. Bante, it is obvious that you are upset. I am sorry that you feel attacked. No one is attacking you personally and no one is attacking Girl Scouts. The truth is that the scales are falling from the eyes of those who take a good look at GS USA. It is unfortunate and it would be great if GS USA would change their direction completely right this very minute. I am looking at your comments and I finding them to be very subjective and difficult to corroborate. I guess i would like to research this fact directly too. How do I know that your statement is not a gross exaggeration about the American Heritage Girl talking to the GS? I would like to contact the American Heritage Girls troop leader where this happened and discuss the event with her to get the exact context in which this statement was made. For now, my research alone tells me the direction of GS USA is wrong. Their Journeys program is “new agey”.

  • Glenn

    Wow..What a sadly ignorant article. But you are on the wrong side of history. Your kind are not the fresh face of an exciting movement..you’re the gasping, dying breath of a bigoted generation. I’m sure the girl scouts can do without your tainted money.

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  • Huh

    Why bring up race at all? That paragraph title as of now seems like a weird wink nod nudge. Also reaching girls not to be racist would be an unchristian thing? Maybe you should delete the race heading because it does not fit with the rest of the article, or the content below it.

    • Kathy Schiffer

      What? Is it possible that you’re linking two different articles from my site, and thinking that one headline pertains to a different article? You’re right–Girl Scout cookies have nothing to do with race.

      Have a great day.

  • Huh

    Don’t give your enemies the moral high ground. You have a section that says Girl scouts gender and race equality. You call it socialism. So everyone who is against racial inequality is a socialist?

  • Seventhofeightgirls

    Thank you! Wonderful article. Stand firm and let us help our young girls to be real ladies, real Christian leaders and servants! We really need courageous writers like yourself, Cathy. I will pray for you.


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