Once in a while, we hear concerns about the Girl Scout Cookie Program. In short, this concern arises because individuals have been fed false information about the program. As such a large organization, Girl Scouts is occasionally a target for outside entities with clear agendas. A fundamental piece you should know is that Girl Scouts does not advocate one way or another with regard to what we perceive as private issues best handled by families.
And hey, let’s let the girls have fun! We ask that adults keep adult conversations to themselves. Approaching girls with negative materials at a cookie sale is not acceptable.
We’re Committed to Inclusivity
We are an inclusive organization, and we do not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or national origin. We welcome members of all abilities. The organization does not permit advocacy or promotion of lifestyle or orientation.
We Do Not Take a Political Position
Girl Scouts is a non-partisan, non-profit organization. We do not support or oppose candidates for public office in any election, nor take a stand for or against a political party. Girl Scouts River Valleys does not take a position on abortion or birth control or have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. The national umbrella organization, Girl Scouts of the USA, does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood on a national level and does not plan to have one.
Cookie Concern Resources
- Social Issues FAQs - This page from Girl Scouts of the USA answers questions customers commonly have about Girl Scout stances on social issues.
- Cookie FAQs - This page from Girl Scouts of the USA answers questions customers commonly have about Cookies and the Cookie Sale.
- Catholic Church Relationship - This page from Girl Scouts of the USA outlines Girl Scouts' 100-year relationship with the Catholic Church.
- CEO Message (PDF) - Read a letter from our CEO on national boycotts and misinformation campaigns.
- Additionally, we have put together responses for cookie sellers for instances where girls or volunteers are faced with questions or negative comments.