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GSLE Statement on Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting Programs


At Girl Scouts Louisiana East (GSLE), we are passionate about our commitment to girls, ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the world. It is the Girl Scouts who created our nation’s female leadership pipeline. No other organization can provide the data-backed, time-tested programs designed to meet the unique needs and the specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best.

While we are disappointed that Boy Scouts of America has decided to offer their Cub Scout program to girls rather than focus on the 90% of American boys not being served by Boy Scouts, we know that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world, created specifically with and for girls.  

This inclusive, all-girl space empowers them to take the lead in all aspects of their lives, and provides them with a safe haven – a space where they’re free to be themselves without the pressures and social anxiety that can result from a mixed-gender environment.

This safe space fosters collaboration instead of competition, and promotes support among girls. Boys will not be invited to join Girl Scout programs.

At Girl Scouts, we are the girl experts, and for more than a century we have provided millions of girls’ opportunities for adventure, inspiration, and valuable mentoring from strong, caring female role models. Our programming is built around the interests and goals of today’s girls, with programs that focus on STEM, life skills, the outdoors, and entrepreneurship.

Our Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, is a top-tier credential for girls, that once achieved, enables them to distinguish themselves in the college admissions process, earn college scholarships, and enter the military one rank higher.

We must do a better job of speaking up on behalf of our exceptional experiences for girls. For far too long, we have been too modest when talking about the benefits of Girl Scouting, rather than proudly and loudly sharing the stories of how Girl Scouting is making a difference in the lives of girls.