NEW YORK – Given the friction and financial woes facing the Girl Scouts these days, perhaps it´s time for a giant friendship circle. Under that long-standing tradition, a ring of Scouts clasp hands and give a little squeeze, accompanied by a silent wish of good will. Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a different sort of squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grassroots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit,
Comments: Looks like the Girl Scouts are in the same decline as the Boy Scouts
So when we buy cookies, we´re really paying somebody´s pension and not helping the Girl Scouts? The article says they are also in the process of selling camps. I´m sure it has nothing to do with the pension shortfall..../s
The girl scouts turned themselves into a recruitment tool for lesbians years ago and have been in decline ever since. The boy scouts saw how successful this recruitment program was for the girl scouts and decided to follow suit. I suspect that the boy scouts may experience decline more rapidly.
Sounds like the new leaser is part of the problem:
FTA:Under her leadership, a new set of handbooks seeks to nurture such attributes as environmental awareness, healthy lifestyles and critical thinking. New programs seek to boost girls´ competency with money matters and encourage them to pursue careers in science and technology.
I thought Girl Scouts was to have fun with other girls - make crafts, go swimming, horseback riding, plant a garden, etc... They want to turn it into a re-education camp.
I think churches should get in the business of all-volunteer in-house troops instead of encouraging kids to join the Girl Scouts. Anything that gets too big gets away from its original purpose. I think both the Girl and Boy Scouts are being run by those who want to meddle with social engineering instead of letting kids be kids.
How many boys and girls want to go to a meeting and say, "I´m gay, and you have to like it." I´ll bet they really want to camp, make cars out of balsa wood and learn how to be self-sufficient.
I can see where the scouts would need a pension plan for the staff of the main headquarters but under no circumstances can I conceive of a pension plan for them ever being large enough to accumulate such a huge deficit. That is a mindbogglingly top heavy organization.
When you buy girl scout cookies, there are many people along the line that get their "cut". The local troops makes about 35-50 a box, depending upon the council rules.
The main reason the girl scouts have seen big declines are this: A very hard-left direction away from "traditional American values", the change in focus of the program of instruction, and they have "gone corporate" and run things "like a business".
They really tend to shun people directly tied to working with girls from running things. They have a very small amount of their top corporate leadership who actually were involved in scouting.
The HUGE emphasis upon girls participating in sports activities, causes many of them to leave scouting when they get to the middle school/junior high years.
You don´t see the girl scouts being targeted by the gay coalition--no need to try to bring them down.
Good causes tend to evolve into rackets. A central leadership starts to appropriate the available wealth, promote only people with similar views, detail every activity, and demand compliance with its mandates.
Public Relations and fund raising becomes the main activity.
Over decades the erosion continues. Few organizations escape it.
FTA: The biggest change — implemented from 2006 to 2009 by Chavez´ predecessor, Kathy Cloninger — was a realignment that slashed the number of local councils from 312 to 112. ---------------------------
That is to control the remaining ones more easily. FTA: "Questioning authority is very much frowned upon,"
In short those in charge do not want parents having anything to do with their children in the Girl Scouts.
Pension plan that had a surplus but now a huge deficit. Someone is skimming money.
Selling off summer camps. They want to fill your kids head with socialist mush instead.
Katie Couric is set to quit her troubled chat show little more than a year after its launch on ABC, MailOnline can reveal. The 56-year-old news veteran had wanted to see out her vision for the series - but will announce a new interview show with Yahoo in the next few days. And despite the fact her eponymous show, Katie, enjoyed a five-week ratings high last month, a source confirmed her show is poised to end on ABC at the end of its second season. Today, a source confirmed Katie was in ´ongoing negotiations with Yahoo adding: ´There´s a very
DENVER - Amendment 66, the K-12 education funding measure, has failed in Colorado. Even in Democratic strongholds of Boulder and Denver counties, the measure was failing or barely even. Amendment 66 constitutionally and statutorily would alter Colorado law to change how the state funds education. Firstly, it raises the state individual income tax rate from 4.63 percent to 5 percent on the first $75,000 of taxable income. That is equivalent to $472.5 if you earn exactly $75,000 in taxable income per year. If you earn more, any income beyond the $75,000 is taxed at a rate of 5.9 percent.
Thousands of Californians are discovering what Obamacare will cost them — and many don´t like what they see. These middle-class consumers are staring at hefty increases on their insurance bills as the overhaul remakes the healthcare market. Their rates are rising in large part to help offset the higher costs of covering sicker, poorer people who have been shut out of the system for years. Although recent criticism of the healthcare law has focused on website glitches and early enrollment snags, experts say sharp price increases for individual policies have the greatest potential to erode public support for President Obama´s
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Immigration overhaul legislation has been dormant in the House for months, but a few Republicans are working behind the scenes to advance it at a time the Capitol is immersed in a partisan brawl over government spending and President Barack Obama´s health care law. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, has been discussing possible legal status for the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. He´s also been working with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a fellow Virginia Republican, on a bill offering citizenship to immigrants brought illegally
The Democratic Party of Sacramento County, California scrambled on Friday to deal with fallout from a series of tweets its communications chair sent Friday, in which he wished the children of a speechwriter in the office of Sen. Ted Cruz would endure a painful death. By day´s end Allan Brauer was apologizing, but not before galvanizing conservative Republic tweeters against him in a virtual online bloodbath and losing his political position over what the party called ´appalling and inexcusable´ comments.
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I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
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President Obama will cast growing income inequality and a decline in economic mobility as a “fundamental threat to the American dream” during a speech Wednesday in Washington. The speech will serve as an early preview for next year’s State of the Union address, according to a White House official, who said Obama would focus much of his energy over the next three years on the issue. “The decisions we make over the next few years will determine whether or not our children will grow up in an America where, if you work hard, you can get ahead,” the official said.
Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin‘s (R-AK) mouth. Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast, but a chorus of critics continued to demand action against the host. After a reported “vacation” for the host earlier this week, Bashir announced, Wednesday afternoon, that MSNBC and Martin Bashir are parting ways. Here’s the statement from Martin Bashir, via email: After making an on-air apology, I asked for permission to take some additional time out around the Thanksgiving holiday. Upon