Girl Scouting’s mission is to build girls of courage, confidence, and
character, who make the world a better place. Throughout our 107-year
history, Girl Scouts of the USA has aimed to stay true to our values –
the cornerstones of leadership, sisterhood, and inclusion.
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.
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.
Girl Scouts of the USA and its local councils and troops value
diversity and inclusiveness and do not discriminate or recruit on the
basis of race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic
status, national origin, or physical or developmental disability.
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.
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 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ concern and
recommendation about WAGGGS. Here's a December
2018 letter of support from Bishop Michael Duca of the Diocese
of Baton Rouge.
In December 2013 Girl Scouts Louisiana East created a Girl
Scout Truths flyer to clarify the five most common
misconceptions about Girl Scouts currently being shared on the Internet.
The Girl Scouts Louisiana East board affirmed its position in
serving girls only, at its November 2011 board meeting.