Girl Scouts and the Christian

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Girl Scouts and the Christian

Probably most of us have been exposed to the Girl Scout organization and their ubiquitous and famous cookies. Each year, we find the Scouts dutifully selling their cookies (or shall I say “junk food”?) before the local Walmart store or Kroger store. Probably you have seen the Scouts somewhere in your own little part of the country.

What do we think of this organization? We refer to the Christian view of the association and not the general view of society. After all, the follower of Christ views all things with new eyes that are informed by God and His infallible Word. Thus we are particularly concerned here about what God thinks of this organization.

We know that parents may have a variety of reasons why they would want their daughters to be part of the Girl Scouts. They may want to promote healthy relationships and think that this is one way to further this goal. They may want their daughters to be involved in physical activity as well as social relationships, and they assume that the Girl Scouts will provide this. Further, they may want their daughters to aspire to growth, leadership and high ideals, thus they turn to the Scouts to promote these elements.

Background of the Girl Scouts

Begun in the early 1900s, this organization was formed to help young men and women to become children of character with a belief in God and morality. The Girl Scout “Pledge” expressed this desire and purpose.

The organization is now found around the world in many different countries. There are presently over two million Girl Scouts in America, although there is a downward trend in recent years. Perhaps it is because of the shift in focus and morality of the organization.

The Christian Opposition to the Girl Scouts

There are a number of reasons why a consistent and separated Christian family would not want to have their girls in this organization.

  1. The Christian is to be separated from the world. As Paul admonishes us: “Do not be bound together with unbelievers” (2 Corinthians 6:14). While probably a number of Girl Scouts and Leaders would affirm a belief in God, from a Biblical standpoint they would not necessarily have come to an obedient faith in Christ, thus they would be considered to be “unbelievers.” Paul continues, “Come out from their midst and be separate” (v. 17). One would need to separate from this organization in order to be “separate.”
  1. The Christian is to promote and practice humility in every way. Instead, the Girl Scouts association boasts of offering Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards (girlscouts.org/en/our-program/highest-awards.html) Are such awards conducive to humility—or, instead, would this promote an attitude of superiority and pride? As Paul wrote, “When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are without understanding” (2 Corinthians 10:12). Pride is a terrible attitude, according to God: “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; assuredly, he will not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5; cf. v. 18). We surely wouldn’t want our daughters to have an attitude of pride in any way.
  1. Everything that a Christian does should be aimed at the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33). Would it really be Kingdom-focused to be part of this organization and participate in their activities? Consider the description on the official Girl Scout website and answer this question.
  1. Many of the groups of Scouts are associated with local Churches (of various kinds). If the “come out” Christian has renounced such churches or denominations, would it be consistent to be part of a social group that is associated with one of these religious groups?
  1. Christian parents have made it a point to remove their children from the secular and humanistic public school system and find alternative means of education, such as home schooling. If this is true, would joining this social organization be a compromise with secular thinking that parents have carefully avoided through their educational choices? Would this be consistent?

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  1. There is a close connection between the Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood. Probably most of our readers are aware that this P.P. organization is the largest abortion provider in the country. In other words, Planned Parenthood is responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of babies over the years! Is it proper to connect oneself with a social group like Girl Scouts when we know that it openly is associated with this wickedness? As Paul has said in regard to the sins of society: “. . . although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them” (Romans 1:32).
  1. It has been claimed that the Girl Scout organization makes moral compromises of various kinds. Only the parents should impart sexual information to their daughters (and sons), not a social organization that is loose in the way they view such things.

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  1. It has been claimed that very little of the money collected through sales of “Girl Scout Cookies” actually goes to this organization. But another related matter is this: Is it wholesome and wise for a young girl to promote “junk food” that we all know is detrimental to one’s health? Is it responsible for a parent to allow his or her young girl to participate in this compromising practice? Most of us know that candy, cookies, and the like do not enhance our physical health.

  1. Probably everyone knows that the Girl Scouts organization allows “gay” or homosexual troop leaders and allows Girl Scouts to be homosexuals. Scripture, in contrast, says that no homosexual will inherit the kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Further, God calls homosexual involvements “degrading passions” that involved “indecent acts” with a severe penalty “of their error” (Romans 1:26-27). We must conclude that it is utterly immoral and sinful for an organization to welcome and condone this form of perversion in both the girls and the leaders! (saratoday.wordpress.com/2009/ 01/28/are-there-gay-girl- scouts-and-should-i-buy-the-cookies/).

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Various Scout Negatives

We realize that there are others in the general public who voice a negative assessment of this organization.  For example, Jenny Erikson wrote an article entitled, “Why My Daughters Won’t Ever Be Girl Scouts.” (thestir.cafemom. com/being_a_mom/ 161959/4_reasons_my_daughters_are) Among other points, Erikson refers to the following two factors that have turned her against this organization and they would be of interest to other concerned parents:

They Support Planned Parenthood. Most of Planned Parenthood’s adolescent health material is sponsored by GSUSA, and in 2005, their CEO proudly admitted to partnering with Planned Parenthood. Planned Parenthood boldly advertises that they provide not only confidential abortions for teens, but also hormonal birth control for adolescents without parental consent or even an exam.

Policies Supporting Religious Diversity. Regarding the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise, they say, “The ways in which members identify and fulfill their spiritual beliefs are personal and private … 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.” Nope, God is God, in my book. In fact, the whole spiritual aspect has gotten entirely too new agey for my particular tastes.

These points should not be dismissed by concerned fathers and mothers. As we mentioned earlier, we know that Planned Parenthood is the largest abortion provider in America. If this girls’ organization is connected with the killing of babies, we should have nothing to do with it! And if the Scouts have abandoned their promotion of a belief in God (the God of the Bible), this too makes it easy for the Christian to oppose this organization!

It is interesting that the Girl Scouts in other countries are known as “Girl Guides.” No longer do they take an oath to God. Here is one opponent’s comments about this liberalizing trend:

But now, Girl Guides are godless and left without a nation to pledge allegiance to. Instead of pledging allegiance to God and their country, Girl Guides will no promise to “be true to myself and develop my beliefs” and “to serve the Queen and community.” The move is meant to make non-religious heathen girls feel just as welcome as the God-fearing ones, but anyone who hates the Queen need not apply. . . .

Here’s the new oath:

“I promise that I will do my best: to be true to myself and develop my beliefs, to serve the Queen and my community, to help other people and to keep the (Brownie) Guide law.”

(jezebel.com/girl-guides-dont- have-to-pledge-to-god-and- country-any-514135615)

It seems that this organization along with many others have rejected God so that they might be able to reach the non-religious better. A secular statement about rejecting God in the Pledge might be helpful to examine.

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Here is an article entitled “Scouts’ pledge to drop any mention of God in promise with new members able to declare themselves as atheists” by Steve Doughty for the Daily Mail.” This is the notice:

The Scouts are to drop their historic rule that teenage recruits must declare religious belief, the movement’s leaders said yesterday.

In future boys and girls who join the organisation will be allowed to declare themselves as atheists and make a pledge of honourable behaviour that makes no mention of God.

The retreat from religion marks a break with a tradition begun in 1908 when the movement’s founder Robert Baden-Powell wrote a Scout Promise which required a vow to ‘do my duty to God’.

The article continues:

The promise survives to this day with the language virtually unaltered, except for alternative versions available for young people of other faiths than Christianity, including Muslims, Hindus and Sikhs. All members have to make a religious promise of some kind.

Scout leaders said yesterday that the change was being made in the cause of helping the organisation ‘increase its diversity and benefit more communities than ever before.’

(dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2242584/Scouts-pledge-drop-mention-God-promise-new-members-able-declare-atheists.html)

If this is a general statement that pertains not only to the Boy Scouts but also to the Girl Scouts, it is significant. A child no longer needs to believe in God in any form or fashion in order to be a member. This would surely be a concern to every parent!

To be fair, we acknowledge that the official Girl Scout website says that the Pledge still reads:

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.

(girlscouts.org/en/about-girl-scouts/who-we-are.html)

Could it be that this recent dropping of a belief in God is a new thing and the website still reflects the old Pledge? Perhaps time will tell.

Choose to Separate Yourselves from this Organization

We’ve given a few considerations that should be decisive to the sensitive Christian. Every parent who cares for his or her daughters (or sons) should take to heart these negative elements. What we have seen should be sufficient to make all parents who fear God to say “No” to the Girl Scouts (and Boy Scouts) and, instead, promote other good activities in some other way.

 

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