Although I was never a Girl Scout myself, I got to work with the organization (and real young girls) through my sorority’s philanthropy in college (sup, KD?!). I’m first to admit that I moaned and complained about getting up at 9 am on a Saturday morning to hang out with 12 year old girls a few times per semester, but looking back, I’m so happy that my sorority’s work was hands on. Instead of holding an event and sending some money off to never be seen again, we got to hold workshops for these awesome girls who shocked me with how comfortable they were to hang out with college-aged women. At that age, I wouldn’t have said a word to a twenty year old girl with a gang of 100 behind her, but these Girl Scouts were beyond confident enough to tell us about themselves and participate in workshops that promoted health, friendship, and anti-bullying.
As if the girls I personally met didn’t make me admire the Girl Scouts enough, the organization made a decision recently that cost them $100,000 so they could stand up for what they believe in.
Seattle Met reports that the Girl Scouts of Western Washington got a $100,000 donation in the mail…not a small chunk of change. In fact, that $100,000 would have made up a third of the Girl Scouts’ financial assistance program for the year. However, it came with this letter: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls. If you can’t, please return the money.”
Without a second thought, they returned the check. “Girl Scouts is for every girl,” CEO Megan Ferland says. “And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.”
Earlier this year, the Girl Scouts made news by standing by transgender girls, despite conservative backlash. We love that they stayed true to their word, despite losing so much money that could have helped so many girls join troops and attend camps.
Keep doing what you’re doing, Girl Scouts! Including those cookies.
[Girl Scout image via Shutterstock]