I can’t get over the attacks on the Girl Scouts. Over the top accusations, generalizing everyone involved and actually hurting the girls…who are after all, girls! I know wrote about this recently, but the attacks from the far right keep coming, and I’m beginning to wonder if I’m the only one upset by it. I remember Girls Scouts as a great time. I have no idea if that group of girls that made up my troop would have actually been friends if we hadn’t been put together so early on. While my troop ended early in middle school, if then, they are also the women from home I am most likely to end up chatting with on Facebook .
Girl Scouts did not teach me about politics, abortion, contraception, or gay rights. It did teach leadership skills, the importance of inclusion and instilled confidence in all of us. I don’t believe that has changed at all. If that lesson of inclusion means the troop is happy to include LGBTQ members, then isn’t that the point? Isn’t that a great lesson for young girls: all are welcome – and everyone brings something different and unique to the group. In fact here is their stated mission: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. I have no argument against such a mission. Keep going!
I realize that many will completely disagree with that great lesson. And that’s fine. But are you really going to yell at the little girl on your doorstep offering to sell cookies? Are you really going to refuse to buy a box of thin mints this year? Today’s Washington Post included a story about a 10-year old girl who was told by a neighbor “We don’t support Girl Scouts because they support abortion, which kills babies”. Imagine your surprise as your daughter comes home from selling cookies on your block to hear how a neighbor yelled at her and she has no idea why, and doesn’t even understand what it was about. Imagine someone telling your daughter that she kills babies!
Why are more people not upset about these attacks? In case anyone is unsure what a brownie or Girl Scout does, you can find out on their website! If you were one, it will bring back memories – except for the Computer Expert badge – not a common thing in my day.
St. Timothy Catholic Church in Chantilly, VA has banned troops from meeting or wearing their uniforms on church property. The pastor “did not believe the National Girl Scouts membership to the World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts aligned with the message of the church”, because of the perceived connection between the World Association and Planned Parenthood. How does it always come back to the War on Women lately? And why is it all based on perceived beliefs and assumptions? What happened to facts?
Here are some facts:
- The Girls Scouts were founded 100 years ago this year, next month, in Savannah, GA.
- More than 50 million American women have been a part of Girl Scouting in their childhood.
- The Girl Scouts are committed to exposing girls to the STEM subjects.
- The Girl Scouts just launched a Advocacy and Fundraising Campaign dedicated to Girls’ Leadership – the largest in history.
Keep buying cookies folks! Good things come from them!
Facts from Girl Scouts website.
Photo Credit: Flickr user Merelymel13 via Creative Commons License.
Originally appeared on Fem2.0