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The Girl Scouts Turn 100 - Happy Birthday With Cookies and Planned Parenthood

Updated on March 29, 2012
Girl Scout Uniform Patch Placement Chart
Girl Scout Uniform Patch Placement Chart | Source

Of Girl Scouts and Planned Parenthood

The Girl Scouts of America has taken a lot of flack lately for being associated with Planned Parenthood. I don’t care one way or the other if the two are affiliated or not. What I do care about is that someone out there makes others aware of the good the program does. I was in a troop for several years and I never learned about sex or family planning. What I did learn was how to be responsible and considerate to others. Cookie sales helped support individual troops, earning patches taught important lifelong skills, and being part of a troop established friendship and sisterhood.

I haven’t been in a Girl Scout troop for over 15 years but I can still name the leaders of my troop, I still talk with many of the girls from my troop, and I recall numerous activities I participated in because of the troop. I learned about desirable character traits, I learned about other cultures and how they lived, I camped, I canoed, I built fires, I learned how to sew and cook, I collected food and personal hygiene items for the homeless shelters and the battered women’s shelter, I sang carols at nursing homes, I hiked all the local metro parks, and I picked up litter from school yards and planted flowers around the school sign. The girls in my troop grew up with me even after the troop fell apart because we got older. The girls in my troop were always at one another’s birthday parties, when one of us was ill the other girls would make and deliver get-well cards, we always stood up for each other on the playground against bullies and we formed our own little protective bubble of sisterhood. My mom was very involved in the troop even though she worked a lot of hours. Those events with my mom make up the best memories of my childhood. Today I have three daughters of my own and they are also in Girl Scout troops. I am as involved as possible and I support the leaders when I can.

Celebrating 100 Years
Celebrating 100 Years | Source

Girl Scouts Celebrates 100 Years

This year the Girl Scouts will celebrate its 100th year. That’s 100 years of making the world a better place for girls, 100 years of teaching young women how to take care of themselves, 100 years of forming friendships and bonds, and 100 years of helping the community. Now, finally, people are focusing on the group – and why? They are concerned that it has ties with Planned Parenthood. Well let me tell you – no agenda was ever pushed on me while I was a child in the organization and no agenda is pushed on the children today. The instant I notice any questionable activity in the Girl Scouts I will be one of the first parents to remove my children from the organization. I strongly believe in what the Girl Scouts is doing for girls and I will continue to support the group until I notice a negative influence on the children. And so I have to say a wonderful congratulations and thank you to the Girl Scouts of America for providing girls with so many opportunities.

This is my opinion and it is not going to change unless I see concrete proof that children are impacted by any affiliation. Please feel free to leave your comments in the section below. However, I request that you remain respectful and any comments that deliberately attack another person or organization will be deleted.


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    • torrilynn profile image


      5 years ago

      I find your hub very interesting. Reading about the Girl Scouts and all of the good they have done is really amazing. Voted up.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Angela :) I wonder the same! I have a chance to look through a troop book and suggest ideas to earn badges...I will have to take my sash and see if any of the badges are the same.

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      Angela Brummer 

      6 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      I just found my badges the other day! It was pretty cool. I wonder if they still have the same ones?

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks Mr B!! :)

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      To follow up re my comment on palm oil in Girl Scout cookies, I first read about that at also has other petitions re palm oil.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Mr B, I haven't read about the palm oil in the cookies! I am so glad you brought it up so I can dive into it further. Isn't it amazing what some of these kids can come up with and what they notice that can make the world a better place?

      I think the Boy Scouts of America is a great organization too. I have several nephews who are in scouts and they are very well behaved boys who know how to think and act independently. I just hope the group can get over the sexual orientation bias. How can that possibly be a factor for turning someone away?

      Thanks for stopping in for a read and for leaving such a great comment! I love when the comments leave me thinking :)

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      Brian Leekley 

      6 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      The local congregation of the church I attend recently had a special collection to donate to the local Planned Parenthood, at which some of our members volunteer. A volunteer spoke in our church of gratitude to Planned Parenthood for its past help she received. Other congregations to which I've belonged in other towns have also helped and praised Planned Parenthood. On the basis of confidence in such reports, I conclude that Planned Parenthood is an admirable organization.

      I have admired the Girl Scouts ever since my younger sister was in 4H, Brownie Scouts, and Girl Scouts back in the 1950s. Through the years, I have continued to hear good things about them. I was especially impressed when not long ago I read about Girl Scouts learning to have a responsible attitude about the environment. I read that some of them have questioned the use of palm oil in the making of Girl Scout cookies. Studying this question has led to greater understanding of both the environment and agricultural economics in the world.

      My wife and I bought several boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year again. I hope GSA does tweak the recipe if concerns re palm oil are well justified.

      I was in the Boy Scouts, as were my brothers. It was a very positive experience. In later years when faced with difficult moral choices, Scout principles guided me. I saw that my Loyalty must be first and foremost to the ideals of human and civil rights and democracy in which I'd been raised and that my Obedience must first and foremost be to my conscience. That led to my active participation in The Movement of the 1960s and my support for other progressive social movements in the following decades.

      I was disappointed to read somewhere that the BSA as a national organization these days discriminates on the basis of sexual orientation. I hope that the organization before long repudiates that bigotry and again admits all boys who take the Scout oath.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      JAS - I thought they were but I wanted to double check. I ran a program for one of our troops last year for World Thinking Day - it involves a database of "girl scouts" or what they may be called in other countries and the troops form a partnership to mail postcards back and forth sharing info about the country and the troop. I thought Canada was Girl Guides :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes Girl Guides are the same as Girl Scouts.

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hello Sharyn! You go ahead and you write that Girl Scout Hub so I have a highly ranked link to add to mine :P

      Hi JAS, are the Girl Guides the same as Girl Scouts but the name for them in Canada? I agree with you – every girl should get the chance to experience the camaraderie and to learn the skills taught by the Girl Scouts.

      Hi Brian! I am going to look for your camping Hub (which I have seen and I did read) and add it here too. I am so bad at adding links so I appreciate your mention of it. I think these organizations (Boy Scouts too) are great for kids. You mention the social skills and that is so important.

      Tsmog, you are such a sweetie for buying those cookies and then giving them away! I love how you make the girls really sell the cookies. We teach ours all about them too and we encourage the ‘customers’ to ask questions so the kids have to answer. It’s a great way for the girls to learn how to sell and to be responsible for earning funds to help the troop, and for speaking to adults. You’d be amazed how many kids now-a-days just don’t know the proper way to address or talk to a grownup!

      Lord, thanks for reading friend. I don’t pay any mind to Planned Parenthood either. I couldn’t even tell you what they really do! (Nor do I care to know since I don’t use the services.) So the fact that someone was trying to tie them to the Girl Scouts didn’t bother me one way or the other. I just ignored it.

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Ardie, sorry this is late! I think these institutions are great for young kids to belong to. My daughter was in the brownies and something before that, can't remember now! But what she learned was invaluable, not just tying a knot, but social skills which is often overlooked.

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      Joseph De Cross 

      6 years ago from New York

      Wonderful hub for an institution that have changed so many young lives. Still love those cookies! You must've looked gorgeous in one of those uniforms ardie. Thanks for this insighful hub. We don't associate planned parenthood with a serious institute. Life is a choice of ours.


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      Tim Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Escondido, CA

      (giggle, giggle - big smile). My drifts to a leader in the company I work tells me about the company and stuff. I respond with "when is your daughter going to do that project starting fires without matches?" His reply, "next, month! (while a smile creeps onto his face). I respond with "are you going to share photos?" Again, he says, "you betcha'"

      Awesome story. Our company ran into affiliation challenges with promoting Susan G Kormen because of hooyee stuff.

      Any hoot, I always buy cookies at the stores, only. I prod them into a sales speech, ask which one has less sugar, they check the labels, point out to me which one does, I buy a few boxes, they smile, then I give 'em away at the other end of the parking lot. Girl scout cookies pack a powerful punch. Kapow!

      My sisters were Girl scouts and my niece(s). Any one wants to put down girl scouts, tell 'em I'm taking numbers and get in line.

      Love the article Ardie , , ,voted etc.

    • aethelthryth profile image


      6 years ago from American Southwest

      Whether or not there is an association between Girl Scouts and PP, I don't see how that could not be a matter of concern. The age group of Girl Scouts should have nothing to do with parenthood. Girls are not small women. They should be able to be girls, and have their innocence respected, not shoved into the worries of adulthood.

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi Ardie I loved reading this,I think these organisations really do offer young girls a different outlook on life. I have added a link to this hub on my own about young children having the time of their lives on Camping Trips. Voted up and shared. :)

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      Susan Zutautas 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I was a brownie and then a girl guide in Canada. I had to go and check how long Girl Guides of Canada have been around, and was surprised to learn that they were founded in 1910.

      I think every girl should experience being a girl guide. They are a wonderful organization and I too am proud to have been one.

      Enjoyed reading your hub!

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      Sharon Smith 

      6 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Great article Ardie! I was going to actually write something about the Girl Scouts but you beat me to it ;) I did not know about the "planned parenthood." Thanks for all the info.


    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks for the info Rebecca! I would love to visit the museum :)

      RHW - you're too funny. I don't think our GS leader would ever let us get away with that - especially since our meetings are held in the church down the street hahah

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My girls were in the girl scouts u til just last year. My friend and I were the troup leaders so I went every week too:) lol. Of course - I used to sneak in a brown bag of liquor - our little scouts didn't realize while they did crafts we were having mixed drinks! No wonder their crafts turned out better than ours! Hahahaha and my friend used to freak out thinking we would be in terrible trouble if anyone found out! I used to laugh at her - like ya - they will put our mug shuts in the brownie books "Do NOT allow these ladies to be your troup leaders!" hahaha!

      Up and excellent - the organization really does have lots of opportunities for girls:)

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      Rebecca Mealey 

      6 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good tribute to the GS. Juliette Gordon Lowe of Savannah GA was the founder of the Girl Scouts. Her home is a great museum to visit!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Ruchira, I love all scouts! The boy scouts helped my brother a lot too :)

      Hello Millionaire Tips! You were one of the crazy leader moms?! You're a much braver woman than I am. I agree that I was upset with the negative publicity the Girl Scouts were getting. No matter the affiliations - it does great things for girls and the community :)

      Hello Dawn :) You are a past Girl Scout with tiny Girl Scouts too! I just think it is such a great organization - and no they don't pay me to say nice things hahah However, I got NO birthday cake. I will be talking to my leader about this!!

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      Dawn Conklin 

      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      I remember being a Girl Scout when I was younger. Both my girls are in Girl Scouts, we actually just got home from a meeting a couple minutes ago. And to celebrate 100 years, tonight was a special meeting and our leader made us a birthday cake :) I agree with you completely, the Girl Scouts are an excellent program for girls!

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      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Happy Birthday to the Girl Scouts. I was a group leader for one year and was unaware of any connection with Planned Parenthood. It is unfortunate that sometimes people feel like they have to use deceit and exaggerations to get what they want.

    • Ruchira profile image


      6 years ago from United States

      Scouting is good. I have been involved with boy scouts 'cause of my kid and I can see a difference in his thinking et. al.

      Congrats to the girls scouts on turning!

    • Ardie profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks for reading and commenting everyone :)

      technovault :) Those girls are ruthless with their sales

      Turtlewoman - I buy a ton of cookies from my own 3 daughters and then turn around and buy from the girls I see in stores and banks heheh I then have to give them away because I have way too many

      Hi Marcy :) Thanks so much - I try to be a good role model :) sometimes I swear too much :X

      Sally! THANK YOU for posting that :) My initial idea with this Hub was just to hit on the great things the Girl Scouts do - I wasn't even going to mention Planned Parenthood so I didn't do the research on facts. I would also hate for others to come away with the wrong idea. I will post your link in the meat of the writing so its more "see-able"

    • Sally's Trove profile image


      6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I was a bit concerned that folks reading your hub might come away with the idea that GSA has a national association with Planned Parenthood: it does not. This analysis should put any question to rest.

      I'm wishing GSA another successful 100 years!

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      6 years ago from Planet Earth

      What a nice tribute to one of the best institutions we have in our country! Your girls are lucky to have you for a role model, and to have the family tradition of growing up in the Girl Scouts. Thanks for publishing this! Voted up, interesting and useful.

      The video is hilarious, by the way!

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      Kim Lam 

      6 years ago from California

      Aaah this article came at the perfect time. I just bought 3 boxes of cookies from the adorable scouts standing in front of my bank! I don't even eat them, but I always buy them! Yay for girl scouts and happy 100th!

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      6 years ago from Utah

      My wife is planning to make a "No Soliciting" sign to put on our front door that says, "No Soliciting...Except for Girl Scout Cookies."

      It's unfortunate that they don't hold to the same moral standards that the Boy Scout program does.


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