30 thoughts on “I’ll lay good odds the Girl Scouts would never treat one of their own like this.

  1. You think so? A Girl Scout is on camera in uniform asking a State Senator hard questions about abortion rights, defunding Planned Parenthood, not funding CHIP, access to birth control, that wouldn’t play out like this?

  2. Paul, no. Not in my experience. Girl Scouts are expected to take that sort of role in society. I mean, there are good and bad troop leaders in both orgs, but other than the fundraising scams, I have much higher regard for Girl Scouts.

  3. Yeah, the GS has a long history of progressive leanings, so I can’t see them chastizing a scout for asking legitimate questions of an elected official.

    I also posted this in light of the Boy Scouts opening up membership to girls. I.e., which organization would you want your girl in, the one that censors little kids, or the one that encourages them?

  4. Mark Delsing I remember engaging with community leaders, among other people, when I was a Girl Scout, sometimes as a requirement for a badge, but also sometimes just because it was in line with the ideals of the GS. Activism is something that is highly encouraged and supported by the national organization.

  5. Megan Pedersen If they ever allow boys in the GS, I’ll sign up my son.

    Speaking of which… I was a proud Cub Scout when I was a kid, and had imagined that my son would also give it a shot when he was old enough. Now I’m very conflicted.

  6. That headline is kinda bullshit and misleading. It implies the kid was kicked out of Scouts altogether, but he wasn’t. He was shifted to another Den. That said, I’m not defending the BSA’s response to the incident. It’s the Den Leader who needs correcting, not the kid. To me, this is indicative of something bad yet different than what the headline is implying. The BSA value cohesion and playing nice over political activism and uncomfortable interactions/publicity. It’s also indicative of the value placed on the local character of each Den and Troop. At the national leadership level, the Scouts have ever so slowly begun the process of dragging themselves into the future. At the local level, some Dens/Troops are ultra-conservative while others are progressive. What they need is a stronger top-down message, but I’m sure they’re afraid of a revolt.

  7. I’m not defending the BSA’s response to the incident. It’s the Den Leader who needs correcting, not the kid. To me, this is indicative of something bad yet different than what the headline is implying. The BSA value cohesion and playing nice over political activism and uncomfortable interactions/publicity. It’s also indicative of the value placed on the local character of each Den and Troop. At the national leadership level, the Scouts have ever so slowly begun the process of dragging themselves into the future. At the local level, some Dens/Troops are ultra-conservative while others are progressive. What they need is a stronger top-down message, but I’m sure they’re afraid of a revolt.]]>