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.
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.