Remember the old days when the Girl Scouts stuck to its motto: On my honor, I will try: To serve God and my country, To help people at all times, And to live by the Girl Scout Law? Nowadays it seems the organization is putting God and country aside and picking more politically charged fights.
Take for instance this WSJ article out today which outlines the battle between the organization and two of its teenage members. Rhiannon Tomtishen and Madison Vorva are now at odds with the Girl Scouts because the group's famed cookies are made with palm oil, harvested from areas where orangutans live:
The girls, who have been scouts since they were five, have rallied troops across the country. Scouts sold 198 million boxes of cookies last year, but now some say they're done. Scouts and leaders have criticized their nonprofit organization on Facebook and Twitter.
"My troop is up in arms," says Nicole Bell, a Lansing, Kan., leader and former scout. "They do not want to sell cookies next year."
The Girl Scouts organization says its bakers have told them there isn't a good alternative to palm oil that would ensure the same taste, texture and shelf life. "Girls sell cookies from Texas to Hawaii and those cookies have to be sturdy," says Amanda Hamaker, product sales manager for Girl Scouts of the USA.
In another case of Girl Scouts up in arms, two Texas teenagers are criticizing the organization for working with Planned Parenthood and the United Nations to produce a "very offensive" brochure outlining global "reproductive rights."
It was difficult to accept that this corrupt behavior was of Girl Scouts, whom we both trusted and honored, but after communicating directly with witness, Sharon Slater, and seeing the post on the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) website advocating for "affordable, accessible, safe abortion", it was clear to us that Girl Scouts was far from trustworthy or honorable and that we wouldn’t, couldn’t, support the group in name or financially any longer.
When did being a Girl Scout get so complicated?