Girl Scouts Louisiana East council creates flyer to share position during cookie boycott
As Girl Scouts Louisiana East prepares for cookie delivery and booth sales on Feb. 28, the council joins other Girl Scout councils from across the country in refuting statements being made by some conservative groups about Girl Scouts being pro-abortion. “Girl Scouts does not collaborate with Planned Parenthood, locally or nationally, nor are we pro-abortion,” said Jackie Alexander, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Louisiana East. “We take no position on abortion or birth control because we believe these subjects are best left to families to discuss with their daughters.” Last month council leadership sent an email to its members and began distributing a Girl Scouts Truths flyer it had created to clarify the five most common misconceptions currently being shared on the internet. This flyer is available on the council’s website at www.gsle.org and will be available at booth sales. “This issue comes up every year during cookie season, but it seems like this year it’s gained more traction, probably because of social media,” said Alexander. “Special interest groups are trying to make our mission political when that’s not what we’re about. We are not pro-choice or pro-life; Girl Scouting is about developing girl leaders who will make a positive impact in their community today, and when they are adults.”
Girl Scouts has partnered with the Catholic Church for 100 years, almost as long as the Girl Scout organization has been around, and is committed to strengthening its relationship with faith communities. Girl Scout Week, held each year around the March 12th Girl Scout birthday, begins with Girl Scout Sunday and ends with the Girl Scout Sabbath, during which Girl Scouts are encouraged to participate in the service at their place of worship.
While Alexander does not think the cookie boycott will affect their cookie sales too much, she acknowledges it’s hard to see so many untruths circulating on the Internet about Girl Scouting.
“It’s a shame we have to spend so much time defending ourselves, but fortunately the majority of the public in southeast Louisiana support our organization as well as understand and appreciate the positive difference Girl Scouting makes in the lives of girls,” she said.
The council’s Cookie Program ends March 16, with all revenue, after paying the baker, remaining in the local community, funding troop activities and allowing the council to maintain properties, train and recruit volunteers, and support council initiatives.
Girl Scouts Louisiana East, serves girls K-12 in the parishes of Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana. For more information, please visit the council website at www.gsle.org or contact the council at 800-644-7571.