100 Questions for the Girls Scouts

Girl Scouts and the Catholic Church

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Background Facts:

• The Catholic Church has had a longstanding relationship with the Girl Scouts of the USA beginning as early as 1914.

In 1982 the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) was incorporated as a ministry organization, which included GSUSA as a collaborating member. The NFCYM assumed all responsibility for Catholic religious recognition programs serving Girl Scout and Camp Fire units.

In 2005 and 2010 when controversies arose surrounding the Girl Scouts relationship with Planned Parenthood and the pro-abortion World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), NFCYM stated that it was their "practice as an organization to investigate such matters by going directly to and contacting GSUSA."

When NFCYM questioned GSUSA regarding their relationship with WAGGGS and Planned Parenthood they were satisfied with GSUSA's response denying "any formal relationship with Planned Parenthood" and their statement that GSUSA respects the "primacy of parents in all matters concerning human sexuality." (GSUSA also said they did not distribute the controversial "Healthy, Happy, and Hot" brochure. See the International Planned Parenthood section of this website for more information.)

NFCYM then reiterated their 2005 Plan of Cooperation with GSUSA wherein it states: "GSUSA policy is not to take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding a girl's health and sexuality, especially outside the confines of Girl Scout programs... when a council or troop offers programs that address many of these issues, they are offered with the fully informed consent of the parents ..."

The above statement is quite misleading because although GSUSA headquarters may not take a stand or advocate for or against issues relating to health and sexuality, they allow their councils and troops to do so and although their headquarters may not partner with Planned Parenthood a number of their Girl Scout councils and troops do.

A growing number of Catholic families are concerned that because of NFCYM's entrenched relationship with the Girl Scouts, they either cannot or will not recognize the multiple ways in which the Girl Scout organization is increasingly undermining Catholic values regarding life and sexuality.

The following questions illustrate how a number of Catholics are taking action to warn other Catholics of the serious problems within the Girl Scout organization.

Question: In response to a survey on a Catholic website, why did 57 percent of respondents indicate that they were concerned enough about Girl Scout issues that they would not allow their daughters to participate in Girl Scouts and they would boycott GSUSA cookie sales?

Question: Why are a growing number of Catholic mothers and fathers becoming disillusioned with Girl Scouts and as a result working so hard to convince the Catholic Church and specifically the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) to cut all ties with Girl Scouts of the USA?

Question: Why did a Catholic Bishop write a letter warning parents about the Girl Scouts association with "pro-choice, pro-contraception and reproductive freedom groups?"

Question: Why did a group of concerned Catholic parents feel compelled to create the Girl Scouts Why Not website warning Catholic leaders and parents about the Girl Scouts' promotion of ideologies that run contrary to Catholic teachings?

Why is a 67-year old Catholic woman now ashamed of her lifetime Girl Scout status?

Question: Why did Mary Hasson, a Visiting Fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., write a November 2011 article expressing her grave concern regarding the inaction of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) regarding the Girl Scouts pro-abortion, pro-homosexual agenda, which conflicts with the teachings of the Catholic Church?

Question: Why did a Catholic retreat facility in Scottsdale, Arizona feel the need to cancel a Girl Scout event scheduled at their facility?

Question: In 2003, then Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger "launched a sweeping transformation of the entire Girl Scout Movement to increase its appeal and relevance to 21st-century girls." In GSUSA’s quest to "transform" the Girl Scouts and make them "relevant," has it abandoned some of the very principles that made the Girl Scouts a great organization that parents can trust?

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