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Friday, 30 August 2013 00:32
Category: About US 2
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Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas (GSGST), is aware of recent communications via email, blog posts, etc., that are critical of Girl Scouts of the USA and continue to share misinformation about the Girl Scout Movement. The inaccurate information is most prevalent during the iconic Girl Scout Cookie Program when awareness of the organization is at its highest and is focused on the Movement’s alleged relationship with Planned Parenthood USA.

 

At the national and local level, the answer to this question is very simple -- Girl Scouts of the USA and Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas do not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood and have never received financial support from or contributed to the organization.

'GSGST has a long and proud history of serving girls throughout the region. Girl Scouts has a reputation of being the best leadership development organization with an outstanding record of community service and programs for girls. The organization is able to accomplish this with the help of exceptional adult volunteers, alumnae, supporters and friends.

In some areas of the country, Girl Scout troops or groups may choose to hold discussions about human sexuality and/or pregnancy prevention and may choose to collaborate with a local organization that specializes in these issues. Participation in these discussions is optional, and parental consent must be provided prior to a girl’s participation. However, please consider that the Greater South Texas region has among the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the nation and for girls in some communities, it would be appropriate for them to receive pregnancy prevention education from a factual perspective in Girl Scouts.

Girl Scouts of the USA is an organization whose membership represents a cross-section of America. Girls and families hold various religious beliefs and opinions on social issues and practices. As a result, GSUSA does not have a position on specific issues such as abortion and contraception. Rather, GSUSA recognizes and supports the primacy of parents as they educate their daughters with regard to human sexuality and pregnancy prevention.

This policy is not new. Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas affirms that parents/guardians may be certain their daughters will not be exposed to information on these topics that they don’t want them to have, and it is unfair to expect an organization as large and diverse as Girl Scouts to take on the role of parents and/or religious organizations.

The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place, and the organization will never shy from its duty or waver from its commitment to be an advocate for all girls.

 


Frequently Asked Questions: Social Issues

 

What is Girl Scouts of the USA’s position regarding human sexuality, birth control, and abortion?
Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.

Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.

Does GSUSA have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?
No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.

Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?
No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous Internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it.

What is Girl Scouts’ process for reviewing materials?
Girl Scouts constantly reviews our materials based on feedback and suggestions we receive from our members, and we update our materials on a regular basis. As a result of this process, upcoming reprints of Journeys materials will not include playwright Josefina Lopez or links to the Women’s Media Center or Media Matters. Councils will be notified of changes that are made in the future, and information on changes will be posted on our corporate website. We also are making changes on our corporate website to ensure appropriateness of content.

It is important to note that our materials feature more than 200 women and girls from many walks of life who have worked to make a difference in the world, and while we may not agree with the opinion of everyone featured, we believe they embody the commitment to leadership that we strive to teach our girls.

What is Girl Scouts’ position on serving transgender youth?
Girl Scouts is proud to be the premiere leadership organization for girls in the country. While we do allow men to participate in our program as volunteers and staff members, the program is developed specifically for girls. GSGST has not had cause to address the issue of accommodating transgender youth. The organization remains focused on providing a quality leadership experience for all girls in grades K-12 and believes there are other organizations better suited to provide a leadership experience for boys. Acceptance of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority.

Does Girl Scouting support families of faith?
Yes. Girl Scouting supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the new My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.

Girl Scouts welcomes faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith’s teachings.

What is GSUSA’s relationship with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) comprises 145 member organizations that promote mutual understanding and cross-cultural opportunities for girls around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA is one of the 145 member organizations.

Each member organization creates its own programs and pursues advocacy efforts based on the needs and issues affecting girls in its individual country. GSUSA does not always take the same positions or endorse the same programs as WAGGGS. GSUSA's relationship with WAGGGS is akin to the United States’ relationship with the United Nations (UN). The United States may not agree with every position the UN takes, but values having a seat at the table.

Does GSUSA have a financial relationship with WAGGGS?
Every Girl Scout and Girl Guide organization is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts—and each Member Organization, including Girl Scouts of the USA, pays dues. WAGGGS operates in much the same way as the United Nations: Each Member Organization pays dues based on the size of its membership and the per capita income of the country in which the organization resides.

Are girl membership dues used to pay the WAGGGS quota? Membership dues from girls and from adults are not used to pay the WAGGGS quota. All dues collected from Girl Scout members are used to pay for services that directly impact the development and delivery of Girl Scouting to girls in the USA and girls who are involved in USA Girl Scouts Overseas, our program that brings Girl Scouting to American families who live and work abroad.

Is any money from Girl Scout cookie activities used to pay the WAGGGS quota?
No, all of the money from Girl Scout cookie activities stays at councils. The national funds that GSUSA sends to WAGGGS come solely from investment income.

Are girls individual members of WAGGGS?
No, individual girls are not members of WAGGGS. Girl Scouts of the USA is a Member Organization of WAGGGS.

Do girls have to wear a WAGGGS pin?
Girls wear the WAGGGS pin to represent their connection to the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding. For a girl to be in uniform, the only requirement is that she wears her Girl Scout pin.

 

08/30
2013

GSGST FAQs

Friday, 30 August 2013 00:17
Category: About US 2
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 Our Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scouts ayuda alas ninas a desarrollar la confianza en si mismas, el valor, y los principios para hacer del mundo un mejor lugar.

The Girl Scout Purpose The purpose of Girl Scouting is to inspire girls with the highest ideals of character, conduct, patriotism, and service that they may become happy and resourceful citizens. Girl Scouting seeks to accomplish this by providing girls opportunities to develop their potential and have fun with their peers in a supportive, all-girl setting.

Girl Scouting Is:

A movement that gives girls from all segments of American life a chance to develop their potential, to make friends, and to become a vital part of their community. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. was founded by Juliette Gordon Low in 1912. It is a not-for-profit, youth serving organization chartered by the United States Congress. Based on ethical values, it opens up a world of opportunities for girls, working in partnership with adult volunteers. Its sole focus is to meet the needs of girls.

The founder of Girl Scouting, Juliette Gordon Low, organized the first Girl Scout troop in the United States on March 12, 1912. She lived for a time in England, and it was there that she met Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Boy Scouts, and his sister Agnes, who had started a similar movement for girls called Girl Guides. Juliette Low was so impressed with this concept for girls that she decided to bring the organization to the United States. She held the first American Girl Scout meeting at her home in Savannah, Georgia, on March 12, 1912.

Juliette Low set a standard for Girl Scouts and people everywhere who want to work actively to make the world a better, friendlier, and more peaceful place. The Girl Scout program, based on the ideas of Juliette Low, gives girls and adults opportunities to understand themselves and others, to develop skills, values, and ethics, and to extend and contribute their special gifts and talents.

Throughout its 90 years, the Girl Scout movement has played a key role in helping girls prepare for their futures. In keeping with founder Juliette Gordon Low's vision, the Girl Scouts remain committed to meeting the unique needs of girls. Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. continues to offer girls opportunities to explore new career paths and prepare for expanded roles in a changing society, while retaining the timeless values that have made the Girl Scout experience rich and meaningful for all girls.

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A.

Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. (GSUSA) is the largest voluntary organization for girls in the world. The headquarters are in New York City. Councils are the local units chartered by GSUSA to administer the Girl Scout program within an assigned jurisdiction. The organization serves girls ages 5 - 17 (or grades kindergarten to 12th) who subscribe to its ideals as stated in the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

GSUSA forms part of a worldwide family of girls and adults in 140 countries through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS is an international organization whose purpose was to encourage friendship among girls. Today, 8.5 million girls and adults belong to WAGGGS.

The World Association Pin is worn to show membership in this international movement. WAGGGS is headquartered in London and operates four world centers: Pax Lodge (England), Our Chalet (Switzerland), Sang (India), and Our Canbana (Mexico).

Membership

Today there are approximately 3.7 million Girl Scout members.

Girl Scout Daisy Kindergarten - 1st grade Girl Scout Brownie 2nd - 3rd grades Girl Scout Junior 4th - 5th grades Girl Scout Cadette 6th - 8th grades Girl Scout Senior 9th - 10th grades Girl Scout Ambassador 11th - 12th grades

The Girl Scout organizaton has 986,000 adult members (women and men), including volunteer leaders, consultants, board members, and staff specialists in such areas as child development, adult education, outdoor education, and administration. Employed executives account for less than 1 percent of total adult membership.

The Girl Scout Program: A Learning Experience for All

"The Girl Scout program is an informal educational program designed to help girls put into practice the fundamental principles of the Girl Scout Movement as set forth in the Preamble. The program is adapted to meet the developmental, educational, emotional, and social needs and interests of girls at six age levels. It is carried out in small groups with adult leadership and provides a wide range of activities developed around the interests and needs of girls."

It is a continuous adventure in learning that offers every girl a broad range of activities which address both her current interests and her future role as a woman. Through activities that stimulate self-discovery, girls are introduced to the excitement in the worlds of science, the arts, the out-of-doors, and people. Girls grow in skill and in self-confidence. They have fun, they make new friends, and through meaningful community service they acquire understanding about themselves and others.

The Girl Scout program is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law:

The Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

The Girl Scout Law

I will do my best to be

honest and fair, friendly and helpful, considerate and caring, courageous and strong, and responsible for what I say and do,

and to respect myself and others, respect authority, use resources wisely, make the world a better place, and be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Girl Scouting's Goals for Girls

There are three key goals of the Girl Scout program, which are: DISCOVER, CONNECT, and TAKE ACTION.

DISCOVER: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

CONNECT: Girls care about, inspire, and team with others locally and globally.

TAKE ACTION: Girls act to make the world a better place.

Girl Scouting's Special Days

October 31, Juliette Low's Birthday (also known as Founder's Day)

February 22, Thinking Day. The birthday of Lord and Lady Baden-Powell has become a day for Girl Scouts and Girl Guides all over the world to think about each other.

March 12, Girl Scout Birthday. On March 12, 1912, Juliette Low and two other women met with 18 girls to form the first Girl Scout troop in the United States. Girl Scouts celebrate the birthday of this first Girl Scout meeting for an entire week. The week in which March 12 falls is recognized as Girl Scout Week.

08/29
2013

About Us

Thursday, 29 August 2013 23:37
Category: About US 2
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A big welcome from the Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas!  Headquartered in San Antonio, TX, GSGST serves over 18,000 Girl Scouts across 21 counties.  We believe it's our responsibility to arm today's Girl Scouts with the knowledge and skills necessary to lead.  That's why GSGST offers activities in a variety of fields and seeks out unique opportunities for girls.  Girl Scouts is the experts on girls and leadership.  We value diversity and teach girls to lead healthy lifestyles, care for the environment, study new technologies and have pride in their country. 

Discover & Connect

Learn more about who we are, what we do and how to connect with us:

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Governance & Organizational Structure

Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas is a chartered Council of Girl Scouts of the USA to provide programs to the counties within our region.

    • Board of Directors
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Thursday, 29 August 2013 23:30
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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law