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Declining membership fiscal woes
among problems facing Girl Scouts

Associated Press via Fox News, by staff

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Posted By:zephyrgirl, 6/24/2013 12:29:07 PM

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,

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Looks like the Girl Scouts are in the same decline as the Boy Scouts

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: canuckchopper, 6/24/2013 12:35:32 PM     (No. 9391151)

Same decline as the Episcopal Church and the Catholic Church and all those who have sacrificed principles for popularity.
Thank God we still have the Salvation Army.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Fiesta del sol, 6/24/2013 12:36:47 PM     (No. 9391155)

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

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Mushroom, 6/24/2013 12:46:20 PM     (No. 9391175)

FTA: 2011 the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.
´´From a commercial standpoint, the Girl Scouts are not readily distinguishable from Dunkin´ Donuts,´´ the court wrote in its opinion.

That pretty much says it all right there.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Attila DiMedici, 6/24/2013 12:47:22 PM     (No. 9391180)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Jennie C., 6/24/2013 12:49:05 PM     (No. 9391182)

A pension plan??? For whom? Why?

That´s a joke, right?

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Reply 6 - Posted by: MissMann, 6/24/2013 12:49:15 PM     (No. 9391183)

Huh, what do you know? It turns out the the folks who want a club for girls to learn skills and crafts aren´t the same folks who want to push abortion rights down adolescents´ throats.

Who´dathunk it?

Liberals--is there anything they won´t meddle with and ruin?

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Reply 7 - Posted by: John c, 6/24/2013 12:52:12 PM     (No. 9391188)

Planned parenthood use to have a seat on the national board of the girl scouts.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 6/24/2013 12:53:56 PM     (No. 9391194)

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.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Patchy Groundfog, 6/24/2013 12:54:31 PM     (No. 9391195)

They long ago embraced muddle-headed secular humanist nonsense. Young impressionable girls don´t get the lefty ´empowerment´ message - they want a clear set of rules, ideals and objectives.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: squid, 6/24/2013 1:05:03 PM     (No. 9391218)

Makes one wonder whether they should buy Girl Scout cookies.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: mc squared, 6/24/2013 1:21:50 PM     (No. 9391249)

My daughter quit as an assistant after they turned hard left.

Read this from a few weeks ago:

´Girls Scouts’ CEO Faces Criticisms From Workers´

http://philanthropy.com/article/Girl-Scouts-CEO-Faces/138307/






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Reply 12 - Posted by: msjena, 6/24/2013 1:23:19 PM     (No. 9391252)

I let my daughter quit after I found out her troop had deleted God from the pledge.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: JustCause, 6/24/2013 1:39:08 PM     (No. 9391288)

Ditto 5

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Darling, 6/24/2013 1:51:13 PM     (No. 9391321)

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.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: mickeymat, 6/24/2013 1:51:14 PM     (No. 9391322)

Not one word from the AP here on the controversy over the hard leftist radicals appointed to the National Board. Gee whiz, I wonder why everyone is so upset?

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Reply 16 - Posted by: heartsurgeon, 6/24/2013 1:57:05 PM     (No. 9391337)

"a pension plan with a $347 million deficit"

how is that possible??
the troop leaders are voluteers
the scouts themselves shill cookies for free.

who do they employ, and what do they do???
all the heavy lifting is done by volunteers?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: saguni, 6/24/2013 3:02:52 PM     (No. 9391493)

I concur with posters #4, 7, 9, 11 and 15. My niece had two groups...one for each of her daughter´s age-mates, about a decade ago.

She was very disgusted with the overt lesbian recruitment from the national headquarters.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: LamontCranston, 6/24/2013 3:04:12 PM     (No. 9391494)

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.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Muguy, 6/24/2013 3:18:03 PM     (No. 9391524)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Penney, 6/24/2013 3:46:36 PM     (No. 9391583)

In the free marketplace, Americans are repeatedly rejecting what becomes quite apparent lefty/lib PC, ´tools.´

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Reply 21 - Posted by: mickturn, 6/24/2013 4:37:33 PM     (No. 9391683)

It is obvious the Libs have infiltrated the organization over time.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: KTWO, 6/24/2013 6:12:30 PM     (No. 9391830)

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.

No need to discuss the decay of bad causes.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: bob913, 6/24/2013 6:28:21 PM     (No. 9391850)

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.
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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.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 6/24/2013 7:13:25 PM     (No. 9391913)

The Girl Scouts surrendered the the left years ago. This is the Boy Scouts future. Two great institutions destroyed by Political Correctness.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: dvc, 6/24/2013 11:03:35 PM     (No. 9392202)

No more Girl Scout cookies. Bummer.

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