The Girl Scouts’ new radicalism

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OneNewsNow Columnist
7/1/2008

By Marcia Segelstein

The Girl Scouts, the right or wrong way?

Is it still about choices or about what feels good?

The Girl Scouts of the USA have been on a steady, well-documented leftward slide for many years.  (More on that later.)  But this summer, the organization is about to take a giant leap even further in that direction.

The GSUSA is introducing a new “Girl Scout Leadership Experience,” essentially a new curriculum, titled “Journeys.”  The first series of books, one for every level of scouting, will be released this summer called “It’s Your World – Change It.”  As you may have guessed from the title, it’s all about girls “taking action.”

In the words of the Girl Scouts’ literature, the mission is for girls to “lead with courage, confidence, and character to make the world a better place.”  Sounds innocuous enough.  But the GSUSA leadership has some specific ideas about what exactly “making the world a better place” means.

For example, seventh- and eighth-grade cadettes will participate in an eight-session “Journey” called “aMaze,” in which “girls create ‘peace kits’ and learn how to create more peace in the world, one relationship at a time.” It sounds sweet, but is there a lesson in there about peace often coming with a price?

The “Journey” for the oldest Girl Scouts is called “Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy.” In it, “girls explore the rich and global history of women’s advocacy efforts and engages girls to become advocates in their communities.” Advocates for what, you might well wonder.

Here’s one example. In August, the GSUSA is inviting girls to “explore climate change as it relates to environment, community and the global community.” They will meet with experts “to explore the issue of global climate change” and “come up with action plans to…make a difference in [their] own community.”…(Full Story)


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