“Change” was the buzz word for the Obama campaign. Change was also the buzz word at the 51st Girl Scout National Council Session and Convention held earlier this month in Indianapolis, Indiana. It stands as further proof that change is not always for the better.
From the opening ceremony to the exhibitors in the convention hall, it is clear that the direction the Girl Scouts has chosen is a hard left, downhill.
These changes began in 1970, when feminist Betty Friedan was put on the national governing board. Then, partnerships were forged with Planned Parenthood, the green extreme, gun control advocates and other left-wing groups.
In 1980, the organization changed its policy on homosexuality and welcomed lesbians as scouts and troop leaders.
In 1993, the Girl Scouts put an asterisk by the word “God” in the promise and invited girls to tell the Creator to take a hike.
Patriotism has been replaced with globalism. This year, the traditional flag ceremony was trashed. The girls didn’t respectfully carry the U.S. flag into the hall. Instead it was bunched together with the flags of other countries and pulled in by a golf cart to the nonsensical – some say drug related – 70’s Chicago tune “25 or 6 to 4.” After the girls recited the promise, the band broke into “September” by Earth, Wind and Fire.
Keynote speakers included left-wing political activists actress Geena Davis, who starred in “Commander in Chief,” and former Ms. Foundation president Marie Wilson, who founded the White House Project and Take Your Daughter to Work Day.
A large portion of the program was devoted to the antics of leadership consultant Christian Whitney Sanchez who used a process called “StoryWeaving” to lead the almost 10, 000 attendees and national council and girl members in a giant “Kumbaya” session to get them further down the garden path to the New Age and make them think it was all their idea.
Sanchez is about as far from founder Juliette Low as one can get. Her bio says she was born under the Leo Sun Sign and spent her undergraduate years with Pele, the Hawaiian volcano goddess. She practices yoga and meditation as she engages in daily life as “spiritual practice” and looks for opportunities to fulfill her purpose of “contributing to the evolution of human consciousness.”
On the way to these sessions, the Girl Scouts could visit displays that feature the Sophia Dolls collection to help them find their “inner goddess.” According to the manufacturer, which donates a percentage of all sales to the Girl Scouts, these dolls “serve as a personal empowerment tool by allowing you or your daughter to connect with inner wisdom to guide in expanding and balancing life roles.”
The highlight of the convention was the unveiling of the latest “Journeys” program inspired by the Ashland Institute and created with the help of Brian Bacon of the Oxford Leadership Academy, who is a practitioner and teacher of the Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga and a “senior member” of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University. These programs are billed as a “leadership experience.” Girls are encouraged to become “agents of change” – ah, there’s that word again – for the global good.
These programs are egocentric and devoid of any mention of family. There is a strong anti-boy tone. Instead of mother and father, the books refer to “trusted adults.” Gone is the Judeo Christian tradition on which the Girl Scouts was founded. The emphasis is on moral relativism and “self.” The books are salt and peppered with Eastern religious practices. Girls are encouraged to make a Zen garden, use yoga and martial arts as a form of relaxation and use a Japanese tea ceremony to “clear the mind.”
Newcomers to the Girl Scouts may not immediately recognize the danger. On the surface, the new Daisy and Brownie Journey programs begin innocently enough and there is no asterisk by the word “God” in the promise in these books.
Although the Scouts have emphasized “change,” leadership recognizes that once a family, which holds to Judeo-Christian values, has a girl in Scouts, that family is reluctant to face this mistake and “change” to a program that isn’t in conflict with its values.
Fortunately, there are better alternatives. Legacy Clubs for mothers and daughters began last year in Draper, Utah. American Heritage Girls, which began 13 years ago in Cincinnati, Ohio, is now nationwide and most closely mirrors the scouting program begun by Juliette Low.
Yes, at times, change can be beneficial!