100 Questions for the Girls Scouts

Girl Scouts and Sexuality

Many of the questions in other sections on this site already provide ample evidence that the Girl Scouts of the USA is connecting girls in multiple ways to explicit information on sexuality. This section provides a few additional examples as well as documentation on how GSUSA is violating its own policies on sexuality.

Question: In light of GSUSA’s agreement with the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry “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 Scouts,” why did then Girl Scout CEO, Kathy Cloninger, in a 2007 interview with the Harvard Business School, make the following statement?

I feel like we cannot be the nation’s expert on girl issues without dealing with how issues of sexuality affect the girls of this nation. We believe parents are part of the discussion, but girl scouting needs to be part of education and discussion as well.”

Question: Are parents aware that the Girl Scout Research Institute determined that regarding dating and sex, “family confidantes are often unwilling or unable to discuss such issues,” and that GSUSA encourages Girl Scout leaders to create an atmosphere for girls to discuss such things?

Question: Are parents aware that Girl Scout leaders are also encouraged “to bring in professionals” from their communities so girls can “talk openly with someone from the local health center” to get “accurate” facts and information on “serious” issues?

Click here to see where leaders are encouraged to bring in professionals to address sensitive issues.

Click here to see a clip from The O’Reilly Factor illustrating the inappropriate and graphic materials that Girl Scouts have been exposed to when Girl Scout councils have brought in “professionals” from a Planned Parenthood “local health center” to discuss sexual issues with their girls.

Question: Is it really the role of the Girl Scouts to facilitate discussions on controversial sexual issues away from girls’ families?

Question: How can the Girl Scouts possibly ensure that when troop leaders hold “discussions about human sexuality” that “In all instances, the topic is discussed from an informative rather than advocacy point of view?” Click here to see where GSUSA makes this claim.

Question: Since Girl Scouts states they have no position on issues relating to sexuality why does GSUSA maintain membership in the National Collaboration for Youth an organization that among other things promotes comprehensive sexuality education, opposes abstinence-only education, and that seeks to ensure contraception for children “regardless of their age?”

Question: Are parents aware that GSUSA’s World Thinking Day activity pack for girls ages 6-18 explores the topics of “sexual and reproductive rights?”

Question: Why did a badge requirement for the Girl Scouts’ Our Rights, Our Responsibilities Patch send young girls to peruse tolerance.org where they could play an interactive game role playing having sex with or without a condom? (The link to this game was removed.)

The Girl Scouts, Sexuality and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS)

Background Facts:

  • GSUSA’s main affiliate organization, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has a major campaign to encourage girls to “talk about sex.”
  • WAGGGS discloses here that they address “issues around sexual and reproductive health” at their advocacy seminars held at their GSUSA-supported World Centres, specifically at their “Our Chalet” and “Our Cabana” Centres.
  • GSUSA funds the participation of Girl Scouts from the USA in trainings conducted by WAGGGS at their four World Centres (Pax Lodge, Our Chalet, Our Cabana, and Sangum).

Question: Since WAGGGS “promotes peer education” and encourages girls to talk about sex, do Girl Scouts who attend trainings at WAGGGS World Centres learn to talk about sex from WAGGGS’ peer educators? (GSUSA funds Girl Scout travel to WAGGGS trainings.)

Question: Since both WAGGGS and International Planned Parenthood (IPPF) promote “peer to peer” sexuality education and since WAGGGS has a “close partnership” with IPPF and has worked with IPPF on sexuality education projects, are Girl Scouts exposed to IPPF’s peer education programs or any similar programs at WAGGGS trainings?

Click here to see an example of an IPPF's peer education program which trains girls and boys ages 11-19 to deliver injectables and other contraceptives to youth in their communities.

Question: Why did an option for a badge requirement require Girl Scouts to study the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), a UN treaty that among other things, denies parents the right to limit their child’s access to explicit materials?

The Convention on the Rights of the Child is so controversial that the U.S. Senate has refused to ratify it despite intense international pressure. Click here to read more about the controversial provisions in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Note: GSUSA recently removed this badge from its program after receiving a number of complaints.

Question: Are parents aware that as part of the requirements for an AIDS badge that Girl Scouts can earn through WAGGGS, Girl Scouts are encouraged to promote condoms among other things? Some of the controversial activities Girl Scouts are encouraged to engage in to earn their AIDS badge include:
  • Develop a display about condoms which can include:

      • Where you can get condoms in your community
      • Positive statements/pictures about condom use
      • Steps to correct condom use
      • Demonstration of how to use condoms correctly
      • Opportunity for visitors to the display to practice correct condom use. If possible, provide free condoms to display visitors
  • Visit "one of the places in your community where young women can go for health care related to pregnancy prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Invite a counsellor from this agency [e.g., Planned Parenthood] to speak at one of your group meetings and ask her to include the following:

      • How condoms prevent pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
      • Use fingers or another suitable object to demonstrate how to use a condom properly
      • Opportunity for group to ask questions about access to condoms, condom use, pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease prevention, relationship issues.”

Question: How is it that the Girl Scout organization has strayed so far from their original Congressional Charter which calls for the promotion of “purity?”

See also the Pro-Abortion WAGGGS section regarding the GSUSA-supported WAGGGS delegation to the UN that demanded governments provide “comprehensive sexuality education” for girls.

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