|I'm on lower right with my mouth wide open LOL|
Last year I was so excited when it became apparent that we would be able to adopt our daughter. I began looking into the scouts and all the girly things that I had not been able to enjoy as the mother of only boys. I looked to and fro to find things for my new daughter to become involved. As I looked at the newest Girl Scout information, however, I was absolutely shocked with what I found.
Here is a tidbit from just one national council:
"The World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides hosted a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations this week where Planned Parenthood was allowed to distribute a brochure entitled “Healthy, Happy and Hot.” 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, contains explicit and graphic details on sex, as well as the promotion of casual sex in many forms. The brochure claims, “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse… But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!”
Now lets just say that this was all a big misunderstanding...Let's just pretend all that didn't happen...This still doesn't stave off the fact that the Girl Scouts have changed over the years, and not in a good way.
Let's look at what the Girls Scouts stand for these days....FOR SURE...Here are some of the Formal Policies of the Girl Scouts.
Official Girl Scout policy…
“The Girl Scout organization does not endorse or promote any particular philosophy or religious belief. Our movement is secular and is founded on American democratic principles, one of which is freedom of religion. Although Girl Scouts has policies supporting religious diversity, there is no policy by Girl Scouts of the USA that prohibits or requires the saying or singing of a grace, blessing, or invocation before meals by Girl Scout members in a troop/group setting, in a resident or day camp, or at meetings, conferences, and other large events. The decision to say a grace, blessing, or invocation is made locally at the troop or group level, and should be sensitive to the spiritual beliefs of all participants.Citation: "What We Stand For" (PDF). Girl Scouts of the USA. December 30, 2003. Retrieved September 25, 2006.
The Girl Scout Promise: Flexibility
“The Girl Scout organization does not endorse or promote any particular philosophy or religious belief. Our movement is secular and is founded on American democratic principles, one of which is freedom of religion. That is why Girl Scouting provides flexibility in speaking the Girl Scout Promise. An individual member may use the word or words for “God” that best reflect her own spiritual beliefs. While we believe the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, we do not attempt to dictate the form or style of a member’s worship. Religion is a private matter for girls and their families to address”
Citation: "What We Stand For" (PDF). Girl Scouts of the USA. December 30, 2003. Retrieved September 25, 2006.
|Me, lower right, beside my friend Lawana|
1. How can I, as a faithful Christian, put my money and my child’s soul into the hands of such an organization that calls themselves a “spiritual one” but promotes the “choice” to serve any God?
2. What “spirit” is our cookie money going to promote?
3. Which “spirit” is my child going to learn about at national meetings?
We aren't the only people asking these questions. The Boy Scouts have also decided that the Girl Scouts do NOT reflect their values. The Boy Scouts have joined with the American Heritage Girls...and ONLY The American Heritage Girls.
My husband and I chose to walk away from the secular society. We couldn't hand our daughter over to them. I'm not happy about it but this is exactly the kind of thing that we have to keep our eye on when we decide to live a Christian life and raise Christian children. We, as parents, MUST keep our eyes wide open and read the writing on the wall as things change...even if it does mean that our old memories will be turned upside-down.
My fond memories will not be the the ones my daughter will experience. She won't wear the same uniform I wore, or sell the same cookies I sold. I'm bummed, but not completely forlorn. I am happy to have an alternative....a Christian alternative....for her to experience, but still, it gives me a pain to have to turn my back on the Scouting that I loved so much.
My daughter has happily joined the American Heritage Girls and has been having a ball. AHG is distinctly Christ Centered and specifically Christian. The AHG Statement of Faith is as follows...
American Heritage Girls is a Christ centered scouting organization. The following Statement of Faith applies to all American Heritage Girls' Charter Organizations, Adult Members and Adult Volunteers..
"We believe that there is One Triune God - Father, Jesus Christ His one and only Son, and the Holy Spirit - Creator of the universe and eternally existent. We believe the Holy Scriptures (Old/New Testament) to be the only inspired and authoritative word of God. We believe each person is created in His image for the purpose of communing with and worshiping God. We believe in the ministry of the Holy Spirit who enables us to live a Godly life. We believe that each individual is called to love the Lord their God with all their heart, mind, soul and strength; and to love their neighbors as themselves. We believe that each individual is called to live a life of purity, service, stewardship and integrity".
Clarity is further provided to the following terms:
Purity - An AHG member is called to live a life of holiness, being pure of heart, mind, word and deed, reserving sexual activity for the sanctity of marriage; marriage being a lifelong commitment before God between a man and a woman.
Service - An AHG member is called to become a responsible member of their community and the world through selfless acts, which contribute to the welfare of others.
|Jaibrian the night she became an AHG Tenderheart|
Integrity - An AHG member is called to live a moral life, demonstrating the inward motivation to do what is right, regardless of the cost.
Now that there is an alternative to the Secular society I have to wonder if our Protestant Churches and the Catholic Archdiocese will continue to support the Secular organization or begin to back the Christ Centered one?
Time will tell.
As for we and our house.... our money, our time and our child will serve the Lord....Jesus...THE Only Choice for us.