Frequently Asked Questions
Q. At what age/grade does my daughter have to be to join Girl Scouts?
A: Whether they're just starting Kindergarten or learning to drive a car, Girl Scouts has age-appropriate programs geared to fit: Daisies (grades K-1), Brownies (grades 2-3), Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10), Ambassadors (grades 11-12).
Q. What is GSUSA's and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas position regarding human sexuality, birth control, abortion?
A: Girl Scouts does not take a position or develop materials on these issues. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.
Parents or guardians make all decisions regarding program participation that may be of a sensitive nature. Consistent with that belief, GSUSA directs councils, including volunteer leaders, to get written parental permission for any locally planned program that could be considered sensitive.
Q: Does GSUSA or Girl Scout of Northeast Texas have a relationship with Planned Parenthood?
A: No, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas does not and will not.
Q: Did GSUSA distribute a Planned Parenthood brochure at a United Nations event?
A: No, we did not. In 2010, GSUSA took part in the 54th Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations. Our participation in that conference was the subject of numerous internet stories and blogs that were factually inaccurate and troubling. Girl Scouts had no knowledge of the brochure in question and played no role in distributing it.
Q: Does Girl Scouting support families of faith?
A: Yes. Girl Scouting supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs. While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the new My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith. We support the right of faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith's teachings.
Q. Does Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas accept transgender boys?
A: This is a very new situation to Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas (GSNETX) plans, at this time, to continue to watch this situation from afar. GSNETX will not speculate or offer opinions on the Colorado council’s decision. Each council operates separately and may release statements that they see best for their council. We have not been approached by a parent or troop leaders about this situation happening locally.
Q. What was the story about the transgender boy in Colorado?
A: On Tuesday October 25, 2011 a story broke in Colorado about a transgender boy who wanted to join Girl Scouting. Although the boy never joined the council, the story drew national attention.
Q. Why was the website “Media Matters of America” referenced in the Journey Book, MEdia?
A: The Journey book, MEdia, was not an endorsement of any kind. Girl Scouts of the USA constantly reviews materials based on feedback and suggestions from our members and our curriculum is updated on a regular basis. Due to the tremendous feedback that was received from members, the Journey book will be reprinted with the removal of the reference to Media Matters.
Q: What is GSUSA's relationship with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts?
A: The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is comprised of 145 member organizations which promote mutual understanding and cross-cultural opportunities for girls around the world. Girl Scouts of the USA is one of the 145 Member Organizations.
Each Member Organization creates its own programs and pursues advocacy efforts based on the needs and issues affecting girls in their individual countries. GSUSA does not always take the same positions or endorse the same programs as WAGGGS. GSUSA's relationship with WAGGGS is akin to the US relationship with the UN. The United States may not agree with every position the UN takes, but values having a seat at the table.
Q: Does GSUSA have a financial relationship with WAGGGS?
A: Every Girl Scout and Girl Guide organization is a member of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts – and each Member Organization, including Girl Scouts of the USA, pays dues. WAGGGS operates in much the same way as the United Nations: each member organization pays dues based on the size of its membership and the per capita income of the country in which the organization resides.
Q: Are girl membership dues used to pay the WAGGGS quota?
A: Membership dues from girls and from adults are not used to pay the WAGGGS quota. All dues collected from Girl Scout members are used to pay for services that directly impact the development and delivery of Girl Scouting to girls in the USA and girls who are involved in USA Girl Scouts Overseas, our program that brings Girl Scouting to American families who live and work abroad.
Q: Are girls individual members of WAGGGS?
A: No, individual girls are not members of WAGGGS. Girl Scouts of the USA is a member organization of WAGGGS.
Q: Do girls have to wear a WAGGGS pin?
A: Girls wear the WAGGGS pin to represent their connection to the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding. For a girl to be in uniform, the only requirement is that she wears her Girl Scout pin.
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