Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is about building strong girls of courage, confidence and character! We want you to know the truth about who we are, what we believe and dispute negative untrue information which has exploded on the Internet.
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1. Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming does NOT have a partnership with Planned Parenthood.
2. Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a partnership with Planned Parenthood.
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3. Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming and Girl Scouts of the USA 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. This matter should be between girls and their families.
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4. There is a rumor that Girl Scouts was involved in distributing a brochure at the United Nations. This statement is from Girl Scouts of the USA: 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.
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5. Girl Scouts supports girls in their faith. Here is a statement from Girl Scouts of the USA: 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.
Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming supports girls of all faiths and encourages girls and their families to learn about their faith. Below is a document showing a partnership with the Catholic Church. Girl Scouts works with girls of ALL FAITHS, this document shows the value of faith partnerships – it is NOT exclusive to the Catholic faith.
CLICK HERE: About one (faith-based) GSMW partnership
6. There is misinformation about Girl Scouts of the USA and their role with the World Association of Girl Guides. 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.
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.
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7. Where does the money go from the Cookie Program? After the bakers are paid for the cookies – ALL (100%) of the money stays with the Girl Scout troop and council. The money funds projects, trips, summer camp for the girls (the girls decide) and the funds that come to the council pays for programs for girls.
CLICK HERE: COOKIE FACTS
Thank you for taking the time to look at the facts. Please let us know if we can answer any questions.