In recent weeks, the Girl Scout Movement has been the target of a coordinated national boycott and misinformation campaign. Several organizations have been publishing incorrect information and making allegations about the nature and purpose of the Movement.
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. This is not a political mission. These are the facts:
- Girl Scouts is an inclusive organization of 3.2 million members representing different faith traditions, ethnicities, cultural backgrounds, levels of economic resources, and points of view. The platform that unites us is the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
- Girl Scouts does not endorse any political party or politicians, nor do we endorse or promote any specific social agenda.
- Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts River Valleys do not have relationships with Planned Parenthood.
- Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe that these are matters that are best discussed within the family.
The cookie program helps keep Girl Scouts affordable for families. The funds troops earn pay for activities, uniforms, service projects, and even travel. The proceeds that come to the council are used to maintain camps, provide girl programming and volunteer services, and support financial assistance and outreach to ensure that Girl Scouting remains accessible for all girls.
The Girl Scout cookie booth is not the place for a political agenda. We ask that you help us counter the misinformation by sharing the facts about Girl Scouts. Here are several resources available to help set the record straight.
The video above was released nationally and features the CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA Anna Maria Chavez. It can be shared as needed.
A fact sheet, provided by Girl Scouts of the USA, provides more information about the Girl Scout cookie program works and where the proceeds go. It can be distributed as needed.
Linda Keene, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys, has also provided a letter about the River Valleys council and cookie program that can be emailed, downloaded, printed, and distributed as needed.
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