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Dear Girl Scout Family,   

The mission of Girl Scouting is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.  As we celebrate 100 years of rich history, and look ahead to the next 100 years of providing the premier leadership experience for girls, we aim to stay true to our values – the cornerstones of leadership, sisterhood, and inclusion.   

Visibility of Girl Scouts increases each year during the Cookie Program – which began January 14th for the Diamonds Council.    We have received a great deal of positive media coverage from local markets across our council’s 79 county coverage area.  But, as many of you have seen, there have been some recent articles circulating through national and social media regarding the Girl Scout organization.  Several of these articles contain false information, are one-sided and do not accurately represent local councils.    

As such, the Diamonds Council wants to assure parents, volunteers, community partners and all the friends of Girl Scouting that we do not have any partnership or collaboration with Planned Parenthood, nor do we provide any financial support to this organization.  We believe that health and sexuality are private matters for girls and their families.   

In some areas, Girl Scout Troops or groups may offer information to girls on reproductive health.  In all instances, these topics are discussed from an informative rather than advocative, point of view, and the parent or guardian of each girl is notified in advance.  Some Troops may make girls and their families aware of the information and resources available to them on such matters.    

Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas does not take a position on abortion or birth control, nor do we endorse or provide funding to those organizations that advocate on these issues.  It is also important to note that funds from the Cookie Program stay local and benefit Troops and Service Units in the Diamonds Council by providing programs for our girl members and training/development for our volunteers.  A more complete breakdown of how cookie proceeds are used in our council can be found on our website at http://www.girlscoutsdiamonds.org/CookiesMore.aspx.   

We are sharing this information with you so that you may know what Girl Scouts – Diamonds of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas stands for, and to make you aware of the articles currently circulating so that you can be adequately prepared should you  face any questions from others.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Denise Stewart Barbara Bethell

CEO Board Chair