Friday, January 31, 2014

Boycott Girl Scout Cookies!

Now, I love Girl Scout cookies -- Thin Mints and Trefoils are my favorites.   A couple of frozen Thin Mints for dessert are almost a slice of heaven. Trefoils with coffee during the mid-afternoon is almost a slice of heaven too. 

However, this year, I will not buy any. 


GSA has decided to honor pro-abortion, pro-obamacare women. 

A few weeks ago, the Girl Scouts designated Wendy Davis as an “incredible woman” who deserved to be on the list of 2013 “Women of the Year.” Only a month earlier, the organization promoted Kathleen Sebelius as a woman of “courage” on its Facebook page.

With most of the money going to GSA and not the local troop -- a troop gets to keep $.60 or 15%  -- I have decided this year not to support them.

Now, many of us have Girl Scout troops in our parishes.  In fact, some of you may even have your daughters, grand daughters or nieces in a GSA troop. 

Heck, many of you may have been a Daisy, Brownie or a Cadet.  

Double heck, you probably know someone who is a leader.

Triple heck, you may be a leader yourself.  

So, what do you do?  Well, I will tell you what I am going to do...

1.  Do not buy cookies.  My scale will thank me.
2.  Make a cash donation to the parish troop selling cookies, because I will know the moms.  If you give them $2, you are basically equaling the profit of selling three boxes...and the money does not go to GSA, but with the local group.
3. Any non-parish troop which attempts to sell me cookies, such as at Giant or Safeway, will get a polite, "No Thank You."

Now, this is not the perfect solution but I think it is the start.

I think that the Office of Youth Ministry/CYO should really take a second look at having GSA as part of their youth ministry.  They probably should consider moving to American Heritage Girls.


Anonymous said...

Does the AD of W have a policy on Girl Scouts selling cookies on parish property. It happens every year at our parish. I tried to ask them on their facebook page, but they apparently do not allow posts anymore.


I would assume that there are some written policies somewhere about what items/services can be sold on parish property (no porn, drugs, other items which go against Church teaching). It also probably leaves a great deal of authority up to the pastor. I know of one pastor who did restrict a particular group from major fundraising events. I have seen Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, CYO, KofC, and other groups which are sponsored or affiliated with the parish/archdiocese sell/fundraise. So, unless the Archdiocese orders a complete ban -- as far as I can tell -- you would have to approach each pastor individually. I don't think that many pastors would be willing to ban GS Cookies.