The world is always changing, and Girl Scouts tries to keep up with the new situations and challenges that often accompany these changes. We work hard to make sure our organization is relevant to today's young women and that we are fulfilling our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.
While the world changes, however, the basic tenets of Girl Scouting stay the same. Since its creation more than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts has valued diversity and individuality, patriotism, good citizenship and the power of girls to change the world around them. At Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, we work with this goal in mind every day.
With the viral news world we live in today, there is a lot of misinformation and inaccurate news out there about Girl Scouts and local councils. Lately, we've been receiving some questions about our organization and its position on various topics that have been in the news, and we want to make sure that you—our volunteers, parents and girls—have the information you need.
- Girl Scouts - Diamonds is committed to diversity and inclusiveness, as Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.
- Girl Scouts - Diamonds does not promote a political agenda. We encourage girls to develop skills that reinforce a belief in themselves through courage, confidence and character.
- Girl Scouts - Diamonds emphasizes good citizenship via community involvement. Girls are encouraged to look around their communities to identify community needs and join the effort to make their world a better place.
- Girl Scouts - Diamonds provides hands-on, experiential education that supplements traditional school programs. We help girls learn to Discover, Connect, and Take Action. We emphasize skill building in the outdoors and respect for the environment.
- Girl Scouts does not take a position on abortion or birth control and these topics are not part of the Girl Scout program or our materials. We believe these matters are best discussed by girls with their families.
- The national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood on a national level and does not plan to have one.
- Girl Scouts - Diamonds does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to have one.
- It should also be noted that not having a relationship with Planned Parenthood includes not having a financial relationship. They do not give Girl Scouts money, and Girl Scouts does not give them money.
- The national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA), is one of 145 WAGGGS 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. Additionally, membership dues from girls and 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.
- Girl Scouts does not take a position on human sexuality. Sexual orientation is a private matter for girls and their families to address.
Girl Scouts - Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas will continue its work to empower girls to make the world around them a better place. We will remain relevant to today's girl, while we continue to hold dear the values our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, set forth so many years ago. We look forward to partnering with you in our effort to serve generations of girls to come.
If you have questions about our policies, please feel free to contact us at 800-632-6894.