Four years ago, Girl Scouts of the
United States of America announced that they would allow transgender girls to
participate in their programs.
Earlier this month, the American
Family Association created an online petition that calls for Girls Scouts of
America to limit its membership to "biological girls." The petition, which has collected more than 39,000 signatures to date, claims that Girl Scouts has
lost its "moral compass."
"This means girls in the
organization will be forced to recognize and accept transgenderism as a normal
lifestyle," the petition reads. "Boys in skirts, boys in makeup and
boys in tents will become a part of the program. This change will put young
innocent girls at risk."
The national organization
provides guidance to more than 112 Girl Scout councils across the country, more
than 2.8 million Girl Scouts and adults who volunteer their time for the cause.
Although established policies are widely encouraged, Girls Scouts USA can not
interfere with decisions made by local councils which may be influenced by
media whirlwinds like this one.
After hearing about the petition
Andrea Bastiani Archibald, the Girls Scouts "Chief Girl Expert" offered a
statement on the company's blog reinforcing the policy for acceptance of
"Our mission is to 'build girls
of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place'
extends to all members, and through our program, girls develop the necessary
leadership skills to advance diversity and promote tolerance," Archibald
wrote. "Girl Scouts has valued and supported all girls since our inception in
1912. There is not one type of girl."