The Girl Scouts of America are more inclusive than the Boy Scouts of America.

The Girl Scouts of America are more inclusive than the Boy Scouts of America.

This was actually discussed a few weeks ago, as I asked our local leader if the Girl Scouts had a policy about transgendered youth. The policy is here below:

Q: What is Girl Scouts’ position on serving transgender youth?

A: Girl
Scouts is proud to be the premiere leadership organization for girls in the country. Placement of transgender youth is handled on a case-by-case basis, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in question a top priority. That said, if the child is ecognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that can serve her in a setting that is both emotionally and physically safe.

Q: How
does Girl Scouts’ position on serving transgender youth apply to situations involving camping or volunteers?

A:
These situations are rare and are considered individually with the best interests of all families in mind. Should any girl requiring special accommodations wish to camp, GSUSA recommends that the local council makes similar accommodation that schools across the country follow in regard to changing, sleeping arrangements, and other travel-related activities. With respect volunteers, Girl Scouts welcomes both male and female adult volunteers and has developed appropriate afeguards regarding roles and responsibilities to ensure that girls receive the proper supervision and support.

 

We believe that is always better to include children as much as possible and for the expected response about exposing children to whatever someone doesn’t approve of, if you want to be involved in your children’s activities, then you can see what happens with the meetings and camping. The girls are supervised at all meetings and camping and teaching them to be inclusive is part of being a Girl Scout.

 

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