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  • Girl Scout membership plummets for second straight year losing more than 100,000 members

    10/11/2014 8:07:56 PM PDT · by Morgana · 106 replies
    dailymail ^ | Oct 11, 2014 | AP
    FULL TITLE: Girl Scout membership plummets for second straight year losing more than 100,000 members For the second straight year, youth and adult membership in the Girl Scouts has dropped sharply, intensifying pressure on the 102-year-old youth organization to find ways of reversing the trend. According to figures provided to The Associated Press, the total of youth members and adult volunteers dropped by 6 per cent over the past year — from 2,994,844 to 2,813,997. Over two years, total membership is down 11.6 per cent, and it has fallen 27 per cent from a peak of more than 3.8 million...
  • Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation

    07/16/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | BRIGID CURTIS AYER
    WASHINGTON — Tensions between Girl Scouts’ messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts. Now a panel of U.S. bishops has released the results of a two-year investigation into Girl Scouts’ problematic messaging, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organization’s international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Their findings indicate that the concerns continue to persist, regarding the problematic connections between the Girl Scouts...
  • Former Girl Scout CEO pleads guilty to embezzlement (VA)

    04/22/2014 12:18:54 PM PDT · by EDINVA · 16 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 04/21/2014 | Bill McKelway
    Carne, 62, pleaded guilty to a single count of embezzlement Monday in Hanover Circuit Court and faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced in July.
  • Girl Scout skips the cookies, raises money for pro-life groups

    03/21/2014 7:33:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    Live Action News ^ | Nancy Flanders
    Hannah Sheboy, 16, has been a Girl Scout most of her life and believes that there are some clear positives to being a part of the organization. From helping girls build their confidence and making new friends to having a strong foundation to grow up with, the Girl Scouts have helped Hannah become who she is today. “The positives can’t outweigh what’s going on [with the Planned Parenthood-Girl Scouts connection], but they are certainly there,” says Hannah. “I don’t think I’d be able to do a project like this without the strong foundation I have from both my church community...
  • Girl Scouts Shun Pro-Life Girls at United Nations Meeting

    03/13/2014 3:15:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | Wendy Wright
    New York, NY (CFAM) — Who speaks for youth? Catholic teens are wondering after participating in a Girl Scouts meeting to collect young women’s opinions on the new goals that will steer UN policy – and billions of dollars in aid – for years to come. “We were just a ‘means to an end,’” said one young lady. “All they wanted was for us to validate their point.” The UN is undergoing a lengthy process to determine new goals on poverty and development. Many say young people’s opinions should be included and a number of groups are stepping forward to...
  • Girl Scouts Receive Counterfeit Bills for Cookies, Woman Sought (Lake Elsinore, CA)

    03/05/2014 9:07:52 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | March 4, 2014 | Sarah Burge
    LAKE ELSINORE: Girl Scouts receive counterfeit bills, woman sought Some Inland Girl Scouts got a hard life lesson this week when they discovered their cookies had been paid for with counterfeit bills. Scouts in Lake Elsinore received two fake $20s on Thursday, Feb. 27, and in Rancho Cucamonga on Saturday there were two reports of girls selling cookies who were paid with counterfeit $50s. Riverside County sheriff’s officials on Tuesday released surveillance images of a woman they described as a “person of interest” in the Lake Elsinore case and are asking for help from the public to identify her. The...
  • Crooks Pay For Girl Scout Cookies With Counterfeit Cash In Rancho Cucamonga

    03/04/2014 6:23:05 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 28 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | March 3, 2014 11:30 PM
    RANCHO CUCAMONGA (CBSLA.com) — Crooks in Rancho Cucamonga are paying for Girl Scout cookies with counterfeit cash. Two high school sophomores, Katelyn and Tari, were selling cookies Saturday in front of a Stater Brothers when they took in two seemingly legitimate $50 bills from a man and a woman. When they tried to break one of the $50 bills, a cashier told them the cash was fake. Troop leader Cheryl Williams was stunned. “Even though we had the…counterfeit pen, the pen did not work. It showed that it was a good bill,” she said. Also on Saturday, a mother at...
  • Girl Scouts at Gun Show

    03/02/2014 7:12:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 46 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 3 March, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    Girl Scouts at Gun Show It was nice to see these enterprising girl scouts at the local gun show in Yuma, Arizona.   They were quite busy, and sold a lot of product.  Their table was next the the AZCDL table where I was busy giving away free .22 ammunition.  A good time was had by all. People at gun shows tend to be a standard deviation more responsible than the average American, who tends to outclass the world population in responsibility by a good bit.   Those who attend gun shows are very responsible and polite people, more educated than...
  • Moms of Ex-Girl Scouts Say GSUSA CEO Lying About Planned Parenthood Link

    02/28/2014 4:51:44 PM PST · by franky8 · 18 replies
    As Breitbart News reports:
    Mothers of girls who are former members of the Girl Scouts say the CEO of Girl Scouts USA is essentially lying in recent claims that the organization has no relationship with the Planned Parenthood abortion business. As LifeNews has reported, the Girl Scouts have a longstanding relationship with Planned Parenthood and have lashed out at pro-life groups bringing that to light. Now, Girl Scout moms participating in the national Girl Scout cookie boycott released avideo Thursday calling Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez “misleading and deceitful.” The moms are responding to a YouTube videoreleased by Anna Marie Chavez last week...
  • Girl scouts hire lesbian as chief 'girl experience officer'

    02/28/2014 7:10:52 AM PST · by massmike · 46 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 02/26/2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    As millions of moms consider digging into pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City. Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her sexual preference, it may strike some as odd that her job title is "Girl Experience Officer." Penny Nance, former Girl Scout and president of Concerned Women for America, told Breitbart News, “In the last ten years the Girl Scouts have lost about a few hundred thousand members, and part...
  • Girl Scouts Hire Lesbian as Chief Girl Experience Officer

    02/26/2014 4:30:38 PM PST · by markomalley · 92 replies
    Big Government ^ | 2/26/2014 | JUSTIN RUSE
    As millions of moms consider digging into pocketbooks for Girl Scout cookies this year, they may be interested to know about the hiring of Krista Kokjohn-Poehler in the Girl Scouts executive office in New York City.Kokjohn-Poehler is an out lesbian married to a woman named Ashley Kokjohn. And, given her sexual preference, it may strike some as odd that her job title is "Girl Experience Officer."Her hiring five months ago was largely missed by the coterie of Girl Scout critics around the country who make the claim that the Girl Scouts have drifted leftward in the past 20 years.San Diego...
  • Girl Scout CEO Makes YouTube Plea Against Cookiecott

    02/25/2014 9:24:53 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | by Austin Ruse
    There is now little doubt that the Girl Scout cookie boycott is having an effect on cookie sales this year. Girl Scout spokesman Kelly Parisi went on The O’Reilly Factor this week to try and defuse the mounting controversy, and Girl Scout executives have sent threatening letters to their critics. Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez took to YouTube on Thursday to deny all charges leveled by the boycotters and to deny at least one charge they haven’t even made. “Recently, various individuals and organizations announced their intention to boycott GS cookies this year, based on mistaken beliefs about our...
  • Girl Scout CEO Makes YouTube Plea Against Cookiecott

    02/25/2014 6:19:35 AM PST · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Feb 2014 | Austin Ruse
    There is now little doubt that the Girl Scout cookie boycott is having an effect on cookie sales this year. Girl Scout spokesman Kelly Parisi went on The O’Reilly Factor this week to try and defuse the mounting controversy, and Girl Scout executives have sent threatening letters to their critics. Girl Scout CEO Anna Marie Chavez took to YouTube on Thursday to deny all charges leveled by the boycotters and to deny at least one charge they haven’t even made. “Recently, various individuals and organizations announced their intention to boycott GS cookies this year, based on mistaken beliefs about our...
  • Girl Scout Does Brisk Business Selling Cookies Outside San Francisco Pot Club

    02/22/2014 12:15:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 75 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Friday, Feb 21, 2014 | Riya Bhattacharjee
    What's cooler than a Girl Scout selling cookies? A business-savvy Girl Scout who sets up shop outside a cannabis clinic to rev up her sales skills. Thirteen-year-old Girl Scout Danielle Lei did brisk business last Monday selling Dulce de Leches and other flavors outside The Green Cross medical marijuana clinic in San Francisco, Mashable reported. Danielle was able to sell 117 boxes within two hours outside the cannabis clinic -- 37 more than what she sold within the same time frame at a local Safeway the next day, according to Mashable. "It's no secret that cannabis is an appetite stimulant...
  • Smartest Kid Ever Sells Girl Scout Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Clinic

    02/21/2014 4:51:50 AM PST · by Wolfie · 65 replies
    Slate ^ | 02/20/2014 | Katy Waldman
    Smartest Kid Ever Sells Girl Scout Cookies Outside a Medical Marijuana Clinic Danielle Lei of San Francisco is one smart kid. According to Mashable, the 13-year-old and her mom chose a diabolically brilliant spot to vend Girl Scout cookies: outside the green-painted walls of a medical marijuana clinic. Unsurprisingly, sales were, um, high—the resourceful Scout dispensed 117 cookie boxes in two hours, 37 more than she managed to sell outside a neighborhood Safeway grocery store the following day. The Green Cross signed on completely: "It's no secret that cannabis is a powerful appetite stimulant, so we knew this would be...
  • LifeNews Tells Girl Scouts: We Won’t Stop Reporting Your Link to Planned Parenthood

    02/18/2014 6:18:54 PM PST · by Morgana · 29 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Through our attorney, LifeNews has issued a response to Girl Scouts USA, which recently sent us an a letter attempting to intimidate LifeNews and pressure us to stop reporting on its links to the Planned Parenthood abortion business. During the last two weeks, LifeNews has brought international attention to the link between the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the national boycott of Girl Scouts cookies sponsored by pro-life groups. As we reported, after a series of LifeNews articles on the boycott and the Girl Scouts-Planned Parenthood link, that featured the Girl Scouts logo to identify the...
  • Girl Scouts Threaten Legal Action Against Critical Pro-Life Groups

    02/18/2014 7:21:51 AM PST · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 2-18-2014 | Austin Ruse
    The Girl Scouts of the USA has sent threatening letters to at least two small pro-life groups that have been critical of Girl Scout collaborations with Planned Parenthood and other abortion advocacy groups. Since the beginning of the Girl Scout cookie boycott, exclusively announced at Breitbart News late last month, LifeNews has extensively reported on the connection between Planned Parenthood and the Girl Scouts. LifeNews editor Steve Ertelt announced Monday that he had received a letter threatening legal action. In it, Girl Scout executive Brian Crawford complained about “articles that outline alleged ties to Planned Parenthood” and that “GSUSA has...
  • Girl Scouts USA Threatens LifeNews After Reporting Its Link to Planned Parenthood

    02/17/2014 6:05:03 PM PST · by Morgana · 67 replies
    Life News ^ | Steven Ertelt
    During the last two weeks, LifeNews has brought international attention to the link between the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business and the national boycott of Girl Scouts cookies sponsored by pro-life groups. The pro-life movement has been concerned for a number of years about the ties between the Girl Scouts and the Planned Parenthood abortion business. Although the Girl Scout organization maintains that it takes “no position” on the issue of abortion, parents, churches, and pro-life activists have long complained of the pro-abortion slant of the Girl Scouts’ resources, role models, and affiliations. girlscouts5After a series of...
  • Girl Scouts Promote Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Green Energy in Its Leadership Program

    02/14/2014 3:47:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/14/14 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – The Girl Scouts’ National Leadership Journeys program requires girls to embrace environmental justice, climate change and green energy in order to earn awards. The Journey Awards – “aimed at giving them the benefits of the Girl Scout "Keys to Leadership": Discover, Connect, Take Action” – are described on the Girls Scouts website as being designed for girls from kindergarten through high school. The “It’s Your Planet – Love It” journey page is illustrated with a photograph of a “green roof” at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, Calif. “Girls are being exposed to ideas and discussions...
  • Facing Boycott, Girl Scouts Hide Support for Planned Parenthood, Abortion

    02/06/2014 7:26:57 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | Jill Stanek
    Girl Scouts USA was a founding member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and is its largest member. In 2008 and 2009 over 60% of WAGGGS’ membership fees ($2.45 million and $2.3 million respectively) came from GSUSA. Prominently displayed on every Daisy, Brownie, and Girl Scout uniform is the World Trefoil Pin, to “represent their connection to the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding.” (Source for graphic here.) 2014-02-06_1205 The two groups are joined at the hip. In March 2010 WAGGGS bragged that one of its delegates, Nefeli Themeli, was among a group of...
  • We Support the Pro-Life Girl Scout Cookie Boycott

    02/06/2014 9:27:39 AM PST · by Morgana · 22 replies
    The Girl Scouts should be an organization dedicated to teaching young girls moral values, teamwork, leadership, self-esteem and other skills kids need growing up. I am concerned about the long list of ways in which the Girl Scouts have: * partnered with Planned parenthood, the nation's largest abortion business, * participated in international conferences promoting abortion, * hired pro-abortion feminists as national Girl Scout leaders, * promoted pro-abortion politicians like Wendy Davis and Kathleen Sebelius The Girl Scouts should not be partnering with the Planned Parenthood abortion business or promoting abortion or pro-abortion groups and people. Therefore, until the Girl...
  • Anti-Abortion Groups Don't Want You to Buy Thin Mints

    02/06/2014 9:05:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    ABC ^ | M.L. JOHNSON
    Anti-abortion groups angry over what they see as the Girl Scouts' support for abortion-rights advocates, including Democratic Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, have launched a cookie boycott. The groups have taken issue with tweets and Facebook postings that link to articles recognizing Davis, who shot to political stardom last year with a filibuster of abortion limits, and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, another Democrat who supports abortion rights. "It's very clear that they are not citing any pro-life leaders with any praise, even though their official stand is they are not taking any position on abortion," said John...
  • Pro-life groups to protest Girl Scouts with #Cookiecott Tweetfest on Thursday

    02/06/2014 7:42:38 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Co-authored with John Jalsevac February 5, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Soon millions of Americans will be buying Thin Mints from Girl Scouts at churches, street corners, and at neighbors' homes. But according to Human Life Alliance, American Life League, My Girl Scouts Council, and Live Action, those concerned about the sanctity of human life should consider boycotting the Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) over the organization's links to pro-abortion organizations and individuals. The groups are organizing a Tweetfest on Thursday, urging Americans to use the hashtag #Cookiecott on Twitter to draw attention to GSUSA's associations with Planned Parenthood and other...
  • Faith-based alternative to Girl Scouts focuses on character building

    02/05/2014 1:36:34 PM PST · by usalady · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 5, 2014 | Martha
    A little girl selling Girl Scout cookies was once a symbol of an organization trusted by parents. That became tarnished as the focus changed and now provides an environment that is said to be in conflict with the morality it once promoted.
  • Man Pulls Gun on Girl Selling Cookies

    02/05/2014 11:34:04 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    The Press-Enterprise ^ | FEBRUARY 2, 2014 | BRADLEE LOCKE
    A man pointed a gun at a girl who was selling cookies door-to-door in Temecula on Sunday, Feb. 2, sheriff’s officials said. Police responded to an assault with a deadly weapon about 11:24 a.m. in the 31000 block of Strawberry Tree Lane, according to a Riverside County Sheriff’s Department news release. The girl, whose father witnessed the incident, was going from house to house when she knocked on John M. Dodrill’s door. Dodrill, 59, opened the door and pointed a gun at the girl, officials said. The girl’s father called the police, and Dodrill was taken into custody without incident...
  • Girl scout ... has gun pulled on her ... trying to sell him cookies

    02/04/2014 11:20:06 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 48 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 4, 2014 | Mia De Graf
    A girl scout selling cookies was left traumatised after a customer pulled a gun as he opened the door. The seven-year-old and her father were fundraising on Strawberry Tree Lane in Temecula, California, with a tin of baked goods on Sunday morning. But at 11.30am she knocked on a door and was met with a deadly weapon. The pair scarpered, horrified, and called the police. John Michael Dodrill, 59, has been arrested and charged with the offence, and is due to appear in court tomorrow.... Her father, who witnessed the alleged offence, called the police. Two handguns and two rifles...
  • Cookie Boycott Continues After Girl Scouts' Halfhearted Apology over Wendy Davis

    01/30/2014 8:47:10 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 66 replies
    Breibart - Big Government ^ | 1-30-2014 | Austin Ruse
    The Girl Scouts have apologized for seeming to endorse abortion advocate Wendy Davis in a tweet late last month, ..... The endorsement has caused a firestorm of protest among Girl Scouts, their moms, and the public at large. The controversy comes at precisely the wrong time for the Girl Scouts, right in the middle of the cookie-selling season that nets the Girl Scouts somewhere around $700 million. (snip) The first cookie boycott run by John Pisciotta, executive director of Pro-Life Waco, had a tremendous effect on the Girl Scouts, even driving then Girl Scout CEO onto national television to defend...
  • Endorsement of Wendy Davis Triggers National Boycott of Girl Scout Cookies

    01/29/2014 6:43:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 69 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 29, 2014 | Austin Ruse
    A part of every Thin Mint and Do-Si-Do, every Samoa and Savannah Smile goes to support abortion advocacy. So say John Pisciotta, who runs a tiny pro-life organization in Waco, Texas, and a dozen national pro-life organizations he has convinced to join him in a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies that will be announced in Texas tomorrow. A few weeks ago, the Girl Scouts designated Wendy Davis as an “incredible woman” who deserved to be on the list of 2013 “Women of the Year.” Only a month earlier, the organization promoted Kathleen Sebelius as a woman of “courage” on...
  • TX:Girl Scouts and Guns Go Viral in Dallas

    01/28/2014 4:03:43 PM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 29 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    The above picture is going viral on the net. It shows a couple of members of Come And Take It of Fort Worth with some Girl Scouts.   I talked to Kathy Perkins, who was there,  and she told me about how it came to be taken. Kathy says that the local chapter of Come And Take it was engaging in their usual act of civic education by taking a walk in the area.   While they were doing so, they saw the Girl Scouts selling cookies.   Feeling a little hungry, they decided to buy some of the cookies.  The Girl...
  • Girl Scouts Name Wendy Davis as 'Incredible' Woman, Show Ties to Abortion Industry

    01/05/2014 4:08:26 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Big Government ^ | 1/4/2014 | DR. SUSAN BERRY
    As Tony Lee of Breitbart News reported Saturday, the Girl Scouts recently promoted late-term abortion advocate and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis as one of their “incredible women of the year.”According to the report, the official Girl Scouts Twitter account referred to Davis, who filibustered a bill that banned abortions past 20 weeks of pregnancy, as “incredible,” and linked to a Huffington Post list containing the names of Gloria Steinem and Davis. The Girl Scouts’ ties to the institutional left and the abortion industry have become increasingly apparent, with Breitbart News’ Austin Ruse delivering the most recent exposé of the...
  • Girl Scouts Promote 'Incredible' Wendy Davis on 'Women of Year' List

    01/04/2014 5:21:47 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | January 4, 2014 | Tony Lee
    The Girl Scouts recently promoted Texas gubernatorial candidate and pro-abortion advocate Wendy Davis as an "incredible" woman who deserved to be on a 2013 "women of the year" list. Girl Scouts @girlscouts Is there anyone you'd add to this list? Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013 http://huff.to/1cPjrlU via @HuffPostWomen 3:02 PM - 18 Dec 2013 (continued)
  • Girl Scouts Suggest Abortion Activist Wendy Davis for “Woman of the Year”

    01/03/2014 8:52:18 AM PST · by Sopater · 26 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/2/14 | Steven Ertelt
    Who should young girls grow up to be like? If you listen to the Girl Scouts, the answer is apparently they should aspire to become Wendy Davis, the state legislator whose sole claim to fame is standing up against a bill to stop abortions all the way to birth in Texas. On December 18, 2013, Girl Scouts USA tweeted: “Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women of the Year for 2013” and asking if anyone should be added to the list. Is there anyone you’d add to this list? Incredible Ladies Who Should Be Women Of The Year For 2013 http://t.co/r6MAzSH0ZK...
  • Voice of Girl Scouts is ‘homo punk’ front man; organization takes troubling radical turn

    12/11/2013 11:27:10 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 12 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 12/12/13 | Michael Dorstewitz
    It says something about the Girl Scouts of America’s radical approach in recent years that its chief spokesman is none other than Josh Ackley, front man for a “homo punk” rock group called “The Dead Betties.” Ackley is not new to the Scouts. He’s been with the group since 2008, and a year later, he began blogging for it. He now appears to be both the face and voice of the 101-year-old organization after the recent departure of its public relations chief, Michelle Tompkins, according to Breitbart News. Breitbart reported: If you are a national reporter writing on the Girl...
  • Who Is Josh Ackley and What Is He Doing with the Girl Scouts?

    12/08/2013 5:58:56 PM PST · by servo1969 · 16 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12-8-2013 | Austin Ruse
    If you are a national reporter writing on the Girl Scouts and you call their national office in New York City, you will talk to a guy named Josh Ackley. If you are a Girl Scout wanting regular advice or information on the Girl Scouts and you turn to the Girl Scout blog, it’s Josh Ackley (pictured, center) you’ll be reading. If you are a Girl Scout mom concerned about the sometimes-troubling drift of the Girl Scouts in recent years, Josh Ackley may be the one you’ll meet with. To many key groups, Josh Ackley is the public face of...
  • Radio Host: Girl Scouts Promote 'Lesbianism'

    10/22/2013 3:24:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 42 replies
    UPI ^ | Oct. 22, 2013
    A Colorado radio host is urging listeners to give up Girl Scout cookies due to what he referred to as the organization's promotion of "lesbianism." Kevin Swanson, a pastor and right-wing activist, said on his "Generations Radio" program, which originates in Elizabeth, Colo., that he doesn't condone purchasing Girl Scout cookies because the organization promotes homosexuality and supports abortion, MSNBC reported Tuesday. "Please, I beg of you, stop buying Girl Scout cookies," Swanson said on Monday's radio broadcast. "I'd say you ought to say no to the Girl Scout cookies," Swanson said. "I don't want to support lesbianism, I don't...
  • British Girl Guides abolish mention of God in oath, force Christian group to conform

    09/17/2013 1:33:57 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    Life Site ^ | Hilary White
    Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, a Church of England former bishop of Rochester, has condemned a recent move by the British Girl Guides to abolish mention of God in their oath and force a small group of Christian dissenters to conform. Girlguiding UK announced in June that members would no longer mention God or “country” in the oath, but pledge to “be true to myself and develop my beliefs,” and serve the “community”. Although the decision brought in a record 839 complaints, the organisation has refused to back down, saying that mention of God was deterring new members. The change was...
  • FReeper comments on Girl Scouts and alternatives?

    06/17/2013 6:43:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 59 replies
    Me
    My little girl is 5. Perfect time to start Girl Scouts except ... well I suppose y'all will fill me in on that. Thoughts?
  • Golden Gate Park pot party a major mess [San Francisco]

    04/22/2013 6:05:45 AM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 38 replies
    www.sfgate.com ^ | Sunday, April 21, 2013 | Victoria Colliver
    San Francisco park workers and volunteers spent much of Sunday picking up and hauling away 10,000 pounds of garbage strewn all over the eastern part of Golden Gate Park known as Hippie Hill, the remnants of Saturday's annual yet unofficial pot-smoking bacchanalia. But this year's annual celebration - which falls each year on April 20 and is known as "420" - drew a larger-than-average crowd of between 10,000 and 15,000 revelers on the warm weekend day. They proceeded to smoke, drink, eat and rack up more than $10,000 in costs for city crews to clean up the mess, ironically just...
  • Dissension and fiscal woes beset the Girl Scouts (Awwwwww...)

    06/23/2013 10:02:15 AM PDT · by markomalley · 79 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/2013 | DAVID CRARY
    Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it's time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to...
  • Girl Guides No Longer Have to Swear to God and Country

    06/22/2013 1:45:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Care2 ^ | June 21, 2013 | Crystal Shepeard
    For over one-hundred years, Girl Guides and Girl Scouts have made a promise: A promise to serve, to help, and to keep the Girl Guide/Scout law. The Girl Guides (the British version of the Girl Scouts) have decided to make a change on who they promise to serve. In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell started exploring his idea of what would eventually become the Boy Scouts. By 1909, girls wanted to participate, and decided to crash a Boy Scout Rally to get Baden-Powell’s attention. They did, and one year later his sister Agnes was running the Girl Guides Association. The Girl Scouts...
  • Girl Scouts USA Denies Joining Planned Parenthood at Abortion Conference

    06/11/2013 7:19:01 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    life news ^ | Sydney Volanski
    When Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA) gets criticized for their controversial practices, they usually offer vague statements and empty reassurances. Last week was no exception. I suppose my recent Girl Scout article hit a nerve. Last week, GSUSA released a statement attempting to respond to the concerns I presented. I thought it was interesting that they responded to fairly insignificant me, a lone teenage girl. You see, Missouri Right to Li­­fe, a major player on the pro-life stage, recently issued a very informative and well-documented policy statement about GSUSA. GSUSA has been curiously quiet about those serious concerns. As far as...
  • Girl Scouts USA Pushes Video Honoring Pro-Abortion Activists

    06/06/2013 1:17:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 12 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com/ ^ | june 5, 2013 | Mary Hasson
    It’s hard to find two women more pro-abortion than Marlo Thomas and Amy Richards. But the Girl Scouts love ‘em. These two feminists headlined a recent Girl Scout-sponsored live screening and panel discussion of the “acclaimed documentary MAKERS,” a feminist, pro-abortion, video narrative of “trailblazing” women whose “pioneering contributions” changed America. What kind of pioneering contributions? I’ll get to that in a minute. (Amy Richards’ ‘contribution’ particularly deserves comment.) But, first, a bit more about the Girl Scout-sponsored event. Billed as an opportunity to “celebrate women and girls,” the screening and discussion took place on May 9, 2013 in New...
  • Girl Scouts Join Planned Parenthood at Huge Pro-Abortion Conference

    Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are. Anna Maria Chávez, CEO of Girl Scouts USA (GSUSA), offers this pithy saying as her favorite quote. In order to figure out who the Girl Scouts are, I suppose we must follow Ms. Chávez’ logic and look at the organizations that GSUSA associates with. A good place to start would be the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). WAGGGS has member organizations across the globe, the largest of which is GSUSA, contributing approximately a quarter of the ten million members that belong to...
  • Workers ... bulldoze thousands of leftover Girl Scout cookies ...

    02/16/2013 6:32:08 AM PST · by Uncle Chip · 60 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | February 15, 2013 | JOSHUA GARDNER
    There is certainly no ‘waste not, want not’ badge for Girl Scouts of America, at least not in Southern California where over 13,000 boxes of the organization’s famous cookies were bulldozed to bits in a warehouse as bulldozer operators gleefully yelled ‘Goodbye girl scout cookies!’ After the May incident, when the cookies were sent off to a landfill, leaders of area food banks are up in arms about the so-called service organization's wastefulness. Bruce Rankin, Executive Director of Santa Monica’s West Side Food Bank, watched footage from CBS 2 in Los Angeles, and was shocked as two heavy-duty construction vehicles...
  • Deaf girl's family sues Scouts for disbanding troop

    08/02/2012 11:32:05 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 2, 2012 | Naomi Nix
    The local Girl Scouts council paid for a sign-language interpreter to attend Megan's Girl Scout meetings, a camping trip and other outings. But a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday on the 12-year-old's behalf alleged that the Girl Scouts abruptly disbanded Megan's Schaumburg troop early this year in retaliation for her mother's efforts to keep the 100-year-old organization paying for the interpreter. ....Megan, who has been deaf since birth, joined the Girl Scouts in kindergarten, her mother said. At the time, her mother requested that an interpreter be present at Scouting activities, and the Girl Scouts agreed to that, she said. But...
  • Former Members Highlight the Girl Scouts Pro-Abortion Connection

    07/16/2012 11:14:24 AM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    live action ^ | 7/16/2012 | Rebecca Downs
    0 inShare Fr. Frank gives a blessing to Nicole, Madelyn, Gabe and Rochelle at the GirlScoutsWhyNot.com booth In addition to hearing Lila Rose speak at a general session during the National Right to Life Committee convention a few weeks ago, I also met Rochelle Focaracci and her daughter, Madelyn. Rochelle was a Girl Scouts troop leader, and Madelyn was a Girl Scout. In February 2009, though, one day after World Thinking Day, Rochelle and Madelyn left the Girl Scouts for good. Their reason for leaving was that in 2008, Rochelle had been contacted by her sister about a connection between...
  • Girl Scouts leadership: pro-choice, pro-gay ideologues

    06/10/2012 3:29:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/3/2012 | Mary Hasson
    Who’s calling the shots over at the Girl Scouts? And where’s the organization headed?The questions matter for two reasons. First, it’s cookie season. Any day now some cute little girls wearing green sashes and bright smiles will knock on your door and sweetly seek support for their projects, badges, and activities. Do you write the check or not? (Forget your craving for Thin Mints. Think rationally!) Should you support the Girl Scouts? Second, the Girl Scouts organization (GSUSA) is in trouble again. In recent weeks, they’ve drawn scrutiny for promoting biased resources (the left-wing Media Matters) and pressuring an employee...
  • The Girl Scouts: Planned Parenthood's 'Tactical Arm'

    03/09/2012 6:18:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/09/2012 | Catherine Glenn Foster
    People often talk about growing up in a time when they didn't have to lock their doors, when their children could go out and play without fear, and when everyone knew (and talked to) their neighbors. It was a time when groups like the Girl Scouts flourished -- when they were viewed as a wholesome club parents could allow their daughters to join without concern that their little girls would be corrupted by feminists with an agenda. As a matter of fact, parents and their daughters would often learn about the Girl Scouts from their churches. But times change, and...
  • Girl Scouts: The Awful Truth

    03/02/2012 11:24:00 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 38 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | March 3, 2012 | Betsy M. Galliher
    Indiana freshman Representative Bob Morris is learning the hard way that the Girl Scouts of America is to the progressive agenda as the Komen Foundation is to Planned Parenthood, and the Catholic church (or so Obama presumed) is to an Obama abortion mandate. What is -- in one word -- cover. ....Full disclosure: I am as endeared to the doe-eyed keepers of the Thin Mint for which I would sell my soul most days as anyone. I cringed when I heard Morris's original remarks. It was just the crazy talk the left feeds upon -- and the right, consequently, takes...
  • ‘Cookies for Life’: 10-year-old ex-Girl Scout raises thousands for pro-life with home-baked cookies

    BOISE, Idaho, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – When Grace Swanke, 10, found out that Girl Scouts is entangled with Planned Parenthood, not only did she decide to quit her troop, but as someone who loved to sell cookies, she decided to make and sell her own brand of cookie, but with a pro-life twist. “The thing I enjoyed most about the girl scouts was selling cookies, and then I realized I could still sell cookies, I just had to bake them myself,” Grace told LifeSiteNews. Several years ago, a significant number of Girl Scout councils nationwide admitted to partnering with...