Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Girl Scouts Won't Just Be Selling Cookies Anymore

Yahoo news reported: US Girl Scouts prepare for war, pestilence

Apparently the US government now wants to enlist America's 3.4 million Girl Scouts in the effort to combat hurricanes, pandemics, terror attacks and other disasters. They are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and have launched a campaign to get the girls to be more prepared, and will even give them a special patch for their sashes. The introduction of this new patch marks a partnership between the Girl Scouts and Citizen Corps. Citizens Corps is a "community-based initiative" under Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which coordinates national response to disasters.
"This new preparedness patch will increase citizen preparedness and enhance our country's readiness for disasters," said DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano in a statement.

"As a former Girl Scout, I know the 'Be Prepared' motto well, and I look forward to working with the Girl Scouts to spread the preparedness message to all of our nation's citizens."
It is said that this isn't the first time the Girl Scouts have been called into action in "defense of the homeland". They "operated bicycle courier services, invested more than 48,000 hours in Farm Aid projects, collected fat and scrap metal, and grew Victory Gardens," during the second world war. They also hosted remembrance ceremonies and wrote thank-you letters to rescuer workers after 9-11.

I have a son who is an Eagle Scout and a daughter who was in the Girl Scouts. The difference between these two programs is like night and day. The Boy Scouts truly promote independence and self reliance: first aid, survival skills, civics and a host of other useful endeavors. The Girl Scouts, on the other hand, has become a liberal institution promoting globalism and pushing left wing ideology; everything from global warming to literature from Planned Parenthood. My daughter didn't stay in it for too long. It offered little in camping skills, or any other useful skills for that matter, and was more about selling cookies and "celebrating diversity". It was a huge disappointment and certainly was nothing like the girl scouting organization I grew up with.

Can we expect them to be selling cookies during the hurricanes? It doesn't seem to me that they are really equipped to do much more.

It is no surprise that they are partnering with the Government.


Wendy said...

I was a Girl Scout, too, back when GS was about outdoors skills.

My girls dabbled in GS for a bit. We weren't in a troop, though. We were "Juliettes" (independent Girl Scouts), and so we were able to work on whatever struck our fancy. We used earning the badges as part of our homeschool work, and so we tended to concentrate more on the science-related badges.

That the GS organization is teaming with the government makes my skin crawl, and while we may still work on badges (because it's fun ;), we've decided that supporting the organization by being members is no longer something we wish to do.

Michelle said...

We need a new organization for girls . . . one that isn't lame and one that isn't controlled by government. How 'bout you start one, Judy?

mrs dani said...

My Grandmother (who was a girlscout leader) was so excited about my kids going into scouts. She was talking about it from the day they were born.... until I brought info to her about what they taught now. She was so disappointed and upset by what she saw in the new handbooks and the partnership with planned parenthood.

It goes without saying my kids never got involved. How sad they ruined something so wonderful.

Eric Holcombe said...

My girls participate in American Heritage Girls:

Much more in line with what Girl Scouts were in "the good old days".

Relatively new organization, but all of the materials are now pre-packaged so not so difficult to start a troop (or do on your own).