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What We Stand For

Girl Scouting’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Throughout our 102-year history, Girl Scouts of the USA has aimed to stay true to our values – the cornerstones of leadership, sisterhood, and inclusion.

GS-TruthsThere’s a lot of misinformation on the Internet today, about Girl Scouts.  Click here for a flyer created by Girl Scouts Louisiana East that addresses the five most common misconceptions about Girl Scouts.

Leadership

Through partnerships with adults, girls practice setting and achieving goals in a safe, and nuturing environment. At each age level, girls take on increasing leadership and responsibility for their own actions.

Diversity

Girl Scouts cannot be stereotyped. They include girls from many walks of life, such as girls who are from diverse racial, ethnic, and religious groups; who have different family arrangements, and who come from urban, suburban, and rural areas across southeast Louisiana.

Values

The values found in the Girl Scout Promise and Law provide an essential framework for developing character, making sound decisions, and fostering strength of conviction. By working together with their troops/groups and with their adult leaders, girls gain greater insights in coping with moral and social dilemmas.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East wishes to assure parents, volunteers, community partners, and all the friends of Girl Scouting, that Girl Scouts Louisiana East does not, nor will it, collaborate with Planned Parenthood because we believe issues related to human sexuality and reproductive health are best left to families to discuss with their daughters.  To view the council’s complete statement regarding Planned Parenthood, click here.

The Girl Scouts Louisiana East board affirmed its position in serving girls only, at its November 2011 board meeting.  To view the official statement, click here.

April 2014 – Girl Scouts of the USA is proud of its 100-year relationship with the Catholic Church and is very pleased the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has included on its website pages titled “Questions and Answers About Girl Scouts of the USA and About Catholic Scouting” and “Background on Girl Scouts of the USA and USCCB Conversations.” These documents and resources will help you better understand GSUSA’s relationship with the Catholic Church and gain useful information about some of our programs.

In April 2014 Archbishop Aymond of the Archdiocese of  New Orleans sent a memo to parish pastors, principals, respect life coordinators, reaffirming the Archdiocese support of Girl Scouting, but agreeing with the USCCB’s concern and recommendation about WAGGGS.

February 2013 – Click here for the FAQ page from the Catholic Committee for Girl Scouts USA and Camp Fire USA.

February 2012 - Click here for the an updated position statement from the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry on NFCYM and Girl Scouts of the USA website.

January 2011 – Click here for National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry position statement on Girl Scouts of the USA

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