Girl Scout Family,
mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and
character, who make the world a better place.
As we celebrate 100 years of rich history, and look ahead to the next
100 years of providing the premier leadership experience for girls, we aim to
stay true to our values – the cornerstones of leadership, sisterhood, and
of Girl Scouts increases each year during the Cookie Program – which began
January 14th for the Diamonds Council. We have received a great deal of positive
media coverage from local markets across our council’s 79 county coverage
area. But, as many of you have seen,
there have been some recent articles circulating through national and social
media regarding the Girl Scout organization.
Several of these articles contain false information, are one-sided and
do not accurately represent local councils.
such, the Diamonds Council wants to assure parents, volunteers, community
partners and all the friends of Girl Scouting that we do not have any
partnership or collaboration with Planned Parenthood, nor do we provide any
financial support to this organization.
We believe that health and sexuality are private matters for girls and
some areas, Girl Scout Troops or groups may offer information to girls on
reproductive health. In all instances,
these topics are discussed from an informative rather than advocative, point of
view, and the parent or guardian of each girl is notified in advance. Some Troops may make girls and their families
aware of the information and resources available to them on such matters.
Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas does not take a position on
abortion or birth control, nor do we endorse or provide funding to those
organizations that advocate on these issues.
It is also important to note that funds from the Cookie Program stay
local and benefit Troops and Service Units in the Diamonds Council by providing
programs for our girl members and training/development for our volunteers. A more complete breakdown of how cookie
proceeds are used in our council can be found on our website at http://www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org/CookiesMore.aspx.
We are sharing this information with
you so that you may know what Girl Scouts – Diamonds
of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas stands for, and to make you aware of the
articles currently circulating so that you can be adequately prepared should
any questions from others. Please feel
free to contact us if you have any questions
Denise Stewart Barbara Bethell
CEO Board Chair