This is the newest PSA that the Girl Scouts of America have released. ... and yes, I do subscribe to their channel on youtube.
I'll admit. I didn't even know GSUSA had a youtube channel until a little while ago when I was linked to this video called "Changing the Face of Fashion" which they were using to advertise their It's Your Story campaign.
I was a Girl Scout once. I know, surprise, surprise. For some reason I think GSUSA gets a lot of undeserved flack for ... I don't know. Being a sort of dorky organization? I was only a girl scout through 6th grade (seven years total), and well, while the uniforms are kind of unfortunate, it was basically the only activity I was involved in other than choruses and casual sports until high school. I learned how to pitch a tent, how to cook food over a fire, how to tie knots, the importance of community service, fundraising tactics, how to escape a kidnapper (not kidding, we had a self-defense expert come in one time)... all sorts of useful things. And for being "dorky," it's probably one of the most progressive organizations that girls between the ages of 5 and 18 can be involved in. There are a lot of organizations that work with girls to create leadership and growth opportunities (Girls Inc is a notable one), but few are as widespread and large as GSUSA.
Which is not to say there aren't issues within the organization (but those are mainly people-based), but overall it's a great organization for girls. And you know, the fact that it tends to piss conservatives off, that's just icing on the cake.
The Girl Scouts allow homosexuals and atheists to join their ranks, and they have become a pro-abortion, feminist training corps. If the Girl Scouts of America can't get back to teaching real character, perhaps it will be time to look for our cookies elsewhere.-Hans Zeiger, Republican state representative hopeful in Washington state.
This statement was pretty readily mocked by... pretty much everyone, and Zeiger himself tried to delete the statement from his website... but too late for the savvy, liberal internet people. I've read this statement several times over on various liberal and/or feminist websites, but my favorite response comes from Nerve online:
Those green vests are pretty gay, but something just doesn't add up here. I mean, if all Girl Scouts went on to become either homosexual women or straight baby killers, then there would be no more girls, and thus no more Girl Scouts. And if there are no Girl Scouts, there are no Girl Scout cookies. And if there are no Girl Scout cookies, then... then there is no God, oh shit, Hans Zeiger is right! Noooooo!
Clearly someone is thinking straight.
Anyway, GSUSA is definitely something that I'll continue to follow.
Want your Girl Scout fix but can't wait for cookie season? Watch Troop Beverly Hills! It's about the fictional Wilderness Girls, but in any case... it's hilarious.