Before you take a journey, you need to know the destination. This summer the Girl Scouts are inviting members to set out a journey of “change” that is billed as a “leadership experience.” However, it was inspired by a New Age group and it may take you or your daughter to a place that is not compatible with your faith or values.Back in 1993, the Girl Scouts put an asterisk by the word “God” in the Girl Scout Promise which allowed members to tell the Almighty to take a hike. It’s been downhill ever since.
Like the “change” that is now being promoted by presidential candidate Barack Obama, the words are warm and fuzzy and the goals difficult to pin down, but the emphasis in these new Girl Scout journeys is on creating self esteem, developing one’s own value system and global group-think on a series of politically correct themes.
Even the word “leadership” has a new definition. Girl Scout CEO Kathy Cloninger says,
When people, including girls, think about leadership, they still too often think command and control of power and position. Girls in this country need a new definition of leadership so they can relate to it and aspire to it.
Cloninger’s definition of leadership has three components:
• Knowing oneself and having confidence in one’s ability
• Being able to have empathy for and relate well to others and appreciate diversity
• Caring enough to make the world better
How sweet! It looks like the Girl Scouts are more interested in creating a mass that can be easily led around by the nose for the “global good” than giving girls the skills to become real leaders.
As a former Girl Scout, who has broken a lot of barriers for women and who shares a birthday with founder Juliette Lowe, I am taking this latest insult personally.
The Girl Scouts were led down this garden path by the Ashland Institute, an organization that promotes Transitional Awareness.
TA is described on the groups website
an experience in expansion of the True Self addressing ‘All of Life as Change’ (Ah, there is that word again) with Intentional Focus and Intuition. One begins to feel the body as a complete map of human consciousness…
Surely, this is not what Low had in mind when she designed a program to help girls develop “physically, mentally and spiritually!”
Transitional Awareness, according to the Ashland Institute,
is a learning experience which transcends the mind’s information-based system – as the brain, heart and body integrates information you begin to learn in a new and different way as you tune into your Heart Spirit… Through precise observation and feedback and an interview, you allow your Spirit or Essence of your Being, your True Self, to move into creating the life you desire and deserve.
Did you get all that? You, in effect, become your own god.
The first three journeys’ programs begin innocently enough: The Daisy program offers kindergartners the chance to meet flowers and critters who guide them to explore global diversity, botany, the environment and stewardship of the land. The Brownies are invited to “go ELF” by exploring, linking arms and flying into action. The Juniors become “Agents of Change” and make “peace kits.”
By the time they reach the Seniors program, it is hardcore. It’s called GIRLtopia. Senior Scouts are to become “ambassadors” and explore “the rich and global history of women’s advocacy efforts.”
For years, the Girl Scouts offered young girls an opportunity to honor God and develop useful and practical skills. Today the emphasis seems to have shifted to the adults who will serve as “guides” after having been indoctrinated with New Age beliefs through Ashland’s “Coming into Your Own” personal development program. You can only imagine what some of the “outcomes” on these new life journeys will be.
While the scouting experience largely depends on the mind set of local leaders, even with the best of leaders, this this curriculum will be in the hands of the girls. Therefore, for many, compromises have to be made in order to coexist with the national goals, tradition and programs.
The God of the Bible is a jealous God. He is all powerful. We are to seek His will for our lives and live by His values, not create our own.
Fortunately, there are some good alternatives to the Girl Scouts. Legacy Clubs for mothers and daughters began last year in Draper, Utah. American Heritage Girls began 13 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is now active in 33 states. AHG closely mirrors the program begun by Juliette Low.