Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthoo

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Registered: 04-26-2002
Girl Scouts Distribute Planned Parenthoo
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Thu, 03-11-2010 - 9:57pm

http://www.c-fam.org/publications/id.1589/pub_detail.asp

A friend of mine forwarded this story to me. I don't think it's the responsibility of scouts to educate children on sex or allow other groups to educate on sex during scout time. I'm not interested in getting into a discussion... I just wanted to let you know what's going on at the head of our organization. I'm assuming that the reporting is correct and that what they have in quotes are actual quotes from the brochure, but I don't know for sure. But either way, this is not something I would give to one of my scouts or want given to my daughter through scouts.

I do understand that WAGGGS is making headway in other nations for girls and women's rights, but I think that this is going too far for a "children's" organization. Let me know if this is incorrect info that was passed on to me if that's the case too.

-Jen

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Registered: 03-29-2004
Fri, 03-12-2010 - 9:33am
I don't know if it is true or not, but based on the GSA programs the United Way

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Registered: 10-02-2003
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 9:32am

The source was not clear on exactly who the brochure was given to, but considering the event, It doesn't sound as if they were handing them out at Brownie Meetings.

"The event was part of the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) which concludes this week. The brochure, aimed at young people living with HIV...." (not my troop!)

One of the partner organizations on this project is WAGGGS, not GSUSA. Separate governing body with different goals. Perfect example of biased reporting.

HIV is a worldwide health crisis and it is entirely appropriate for WAGGGS to participate. If WAGGGS isn't tackling the tough issues, what is the point? Not all Girl Guides have peer pressure and acne to deal with...many in third world countries (excuse me, Developing Nations) are struggling to stay alive. Or can't participate in GS/GG at all because issues of survival take precedence.

sooooobig
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Registered: 04-26-2002
Thu, 03-18-2010 - 9:34pm

Good Point about GSUSA and WAGGGS being separate entities. I guess since the meeting location was here, I was thinking GSUSA set this up, but probably not.

There are no easy answers when it comes to the big problems being dealt with around the world.

-Jen

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Registered: 10-01-2004
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 12:21pm

Found this on another GS board - this is GSUSA's offical stand on the matter:

"Earlier this month, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) was honored to attend and participate in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, where girls were encouraged to take action on global issues concerning women and girls. Our participation in that conference was recently the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that are factually inaccurate and troubling. Here are the facts of that meeting:

• The Girls Only Workshop was jointly hosted by Girl Scouts of the USA, UNICEF’s Working Group on Girls, Girls Learn International and The Grail. The meeting was only open to the girls and participating sponsors.

• Only seven adults were in the room at the time of the meeting, each representing one of the sponsors of the event. No one from Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute was in the room to report on the event.

• 30 - 35 girls from across the world participated in this event. All teenagers.

• The girls received a copy of the only document they were working on titled (“The Girls’ Statement”). No other documents were given to the girls as part of this event.

• The room in question was also used to host other events over the course of the multi-day conference. Prior to our girls entering the room, we did not “sanitize’ the room to ensure that no trash or other items were left behind. We did request that those not associated with the sponsors to leave the room prior to our session.

• The Girl Scouts of the USA was not contacted by Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) regarding its initial story to discuss the facts of this event. Had they applied these basic journalistic standards, perhaps the true details of this event would have been reported.

Our Mission in Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. We continue to be proud of our girls and look forward to showing the world what our girls can do. We thank everyone for their support of Girl Scouting."


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Registered: 04-26-2002
Thu, 03-25-2010 - 10:30pm

I also found this today on our council's website and was going to post here. You beat me, but thanks for keeping me in mind.

-Jen