Social & Religious Issues

Over the past few years, several organizations have been spreading misinformation and falsehoods about the Girl Scouts using very sophisticated internet and social media methods.  Unfortunately, because the false stories have been repeated so many times, there are many sincere people who have been misled into thinking that these falsehoods about Girl Scouts are true.

The Girl Scout Movement includes over 890,000 adult members working as volunteers and 2.3 million girl members in this country who chose to live their lives through the values of Girl Scouting and their individual faith perspectives.  Within our movement there are differences, but we seek to be inclusive and strive to treat all individuals with respect and human dignity.

The Real Girl Scout Story
  • Has God been removed from the Girl Scout Promise?  NO
  • Does Girl Scouts have a relationship with organizations providing birth control or abortions?  NO
  • Does Girl Scouts distribute information about birth control or abortion?  NO
  • Do Girl Scout leaders around the country do what a small group of "radical" group of women in New York tell them to do?  NO
  • Are Girl Scouts told what to think or what to do by the national or international organization?  NO

For more information surrounding these and other issues, please review our Questions & Answers Concerning Girl Scouts document.

Questions and Answers Concerning Girl Scouts Questions and Answers Concerning Girl Scouts (111 KB)



Girl Scouts and Religion

For over 100 years, Girl Scouts has been an inclusive, all girl organization promoting respect for girls.  Girls of all faiths and backgrounds are always welcome as long as they agree to abide by the Girl Scout Promise and Law.  While members probably have a wide range of political beliefs, Girl Scout activities are strictly non-political.  No adult may discuss sensitive issues with a girl unless they have specific written permission from her parents/guardians.

This campaign of misinformation has also raised concerns about Girl Scouting and its relationship to the church, specifically Catholic teachings and beliefs.  Girl Scouts has relationships with over 69 major Christian denominations and major religions, including a 95-year old partnership with the Roman Catholic Church.  Girl Scouts works closely with the Catholic Church, both locally and nationally, to ensure that Girl Scouting continues to be a positive and beneficial experience for girls of the Catholic faith.

For more information, please see the following statements and FAQs regarding Girl Scouts of the USA, GSMISTS, and the Catholic Church: 

Girl Scouts of the USA:


National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry:

Jan 28, 2011 National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry's Position Statement Jan 28, 2011 National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry's Position Statement (309 KB)


Feb 11, 2012 National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry's Position Statement Feb 11, 2012 National Federation of Catholic Youth Ministry's Position Statement (325 KB)



Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore:

Statement to Michigan Catholic Dioceses Statement to Michigan Catholic Dioceses (264 KB)



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