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What We Stand For

The Girl Scout mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The values found in the Girl Scout Promise and Law provide an essential framework for developing character, making sound decisions, and fostering strength of conviction. By working together with their troops/groups and with their adult leaders, girls gain greater insights in coping with moral and social dilemmas. Below, we have made availabe GSLPG's stance on several social issues.

On Planned Parenthood

GSLPG wants its members and partners to know that there is no relationship — past, present or planned — between Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf or Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts does not take a stand on abortion or birth control. At the same time, Girl Scouts respects the moral teachings and theology of our members churches. We support the right of pastors to verify that troops in their parishes are in compliance with church teaching.

Girl Scouts does not advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl’s health and sexuality. If programs address these issues, girls who choose to participate must have the fully informed consent of their parents or guardians. We support the right of pastors to verify that troops in their parishes are in compliance with Church teaching.

The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is the international organization for Girl Scouts. Much as the United States is only one of 192 members of the United Nations, Girl Scouts of the USA is only one of 145 members of WAGGGS. Girl Scouts of the USA sets its own policies and programs without influence from WAGGGS, and no GSLPG membership dues are used as dues to WAGGGS.

On Faith

According to the Girl Scout Constitution, “The motivating force in Girl Scouting is spiritual. The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private.” The Girl Scout Movement is a secular, values-based organization founded on democratic principles, including freedom of religion. We do not attempt to dictate the form or style of a member’s worship. We believe that faith is a private matter for girls and their families to address.

The word “God” has always been — and remains — central to the Girl Scout Promise, with no alternative wording:

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.

Girl Scouts also provides many opportunities for girls to grow in their faith, including these religious recognitions and programs that are facilitated at an individual or troop level through the parish:

* God and Me (Protestant)
* God and Family (Protestant)
* Family of God for Girl Scout Brownies in grades 2-3
* I Live My Faith for Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes in grades 4-6
* Mary, the First Disciple (Marian Medal) for Girl Scout Cadettes and Seniors in grades 7-10
* The Spirit Alive for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors in grades 9-12

For more information, visit the Girl Scouts and Faith page.

On Patriotism

The Girl Scout Promise states that girls will “serve God and my country”. Girl Scouts participate in flag ceremonies, donate cookies to troops overseas, and wear an American flag on their sash. Patriotism, citizenship, and community service is a basic tenet of the Girl Scout Program and is embedded in the Preamble to our Constitution.

Statement on Membership

Policy update from the Board of Directors, May 2016:

Girl Scouts of Louisiana - Pines to the Gulf builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. We welcome all girls in kindergarten through 12th grade as members. We recognize that girls benefit most from a program designed specifically for them and delivered in an all-girl setting. We affirm that our council's programming is for girls only, and has not been designed to meet the specific needs of boys or transgendered youth.

Other Questions and Answers Concerning Girl Scouts

Is it true that the Girl Scouts place minimal emphasis on the family?

No. Families have always been encouraged to be a part of their daughter’s experience in Girl Scouting. Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf encourages families to get involved with their daughter’s troop. Parents also must sign the membership form and provide permission for all Girl Scout activities. 

Is there a mandate against Christmas caroling or praying at meetings?

There is no mandate against Christmas caroling or praying at meetings. Although Girl Scouts has policies supporting religious diversity, no policy by Girl Scouts of the USA prohibits or requires the saying or singing of a grace, blessing, or invocation before meals or at a meeting, conference or other large group. The decision to say grace, blessing, or invocation is made locally at the troop or group level and should be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of the participants.

Is Girl Scouting “anti-boy” in its curriculum?

No. Girl Scouts is not“anti-boy”. The Girl Scout program does not portray boys negatively. Research shows that girls benefit from a program designed specifically for them and delivered in an all-girl setting. Boys have unique needs and interests as well, which are best addressed by an organization structured to meet their specific needs. 

Is it true that there is a Girl Scout badge, called “Our Rights, Our Responsibilities”, which requires girls to role play sexual activity and learn about birth control?

No. “Our Rights, Our Responsibilities” is not sold in the Girl Scouts of Louisiana – Pines to the Gulf Council shops. It was available 2005-2008 by Girl Scouts of the USA, but did not include these requirements, nor was it a requirement for any girl. The focus of the patch and activities was to teach girls about age-appropriate human rights issues around the globe. There were no links to the issues identified above.

Does Girl Scouts support Susan G .Komen for the Cure?

No. Girl Scouts, in their capacity as Girl Scouts, may not raise or solicit money for other organizations.