Reproductive Health and Planned Parenthood
What We Stand For
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast is committed to developing today’s girls into tomorrow’s leaders through a variety of fun and enriching programs and adventures like outdoor experiences; girl sports; travel; financial literacy; science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) activities; and so much more. Committed volunteers – consisting of parents and guardians along with community volunteers – are the heartbeat of Girl Scouting. Together, we cheerlead, mentor, and help girls develop skills that will last a lifetime. We appreciate the rich diversity of values, opinions and beliefs of our membership. Membership is open to all girls and adults who accept the Girl Scout Promise and Law and who pay the annual membership fee. We do not discriminate or recruit on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or national origin, and we welcome members of all abilities.
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast has no relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to create one.
- We do not develop materials on issues involving Planned Parenthood or reproductive health. We believe these are matters best discussed within the family. We feel our role is to help girls develop self-confidence and good decision-making skills that will help them make wise choices in all areas of their lives.
Supporting Families of Faith
Girl Scouting supports girls from all backgrounds and beliefs.
- While we are a secular organization that refrains from teaching religious or spiritual beliefs or practices, we believe that the motivating force in Girl Scouting is a spiritual one, and we greatly value our longstanding partnerships with religious organizations across many faiths that share the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
- We encourage girls to develop connections to their own spiritual and religious beliefs by earning recognitions provided by their faith communities and by earning the My Promise, My Faith pin, which helps a girl deepen the connection between the Girl Scout Law and her faith.
- We support the right of faith leaders to verify that program delivered to girls in their places of worship is consistent with their faith's teachings.
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) is comprised of 145 Member Organizations, of which Girl Scouts of the USA is just one, to provide cross-cultural exchanges and opportunities for girls around the world. In the 1919-1920 timeframe, Girl Guides (founded in 1910 by the founder of Boy Scouts, Lord Baden-Powell and his sister Agnes Baden-Powell) from all over the world, and Girl Scouts (founded in 1912 by Juliette Gordon Low after she witnessed the Boy Scout program in London) came together for a conference to travel and share cultural experiences. Several years later, the two organizations had grown to the point where Lord Baden-Powell proposed an international council to further cultural exchange. WAGGGS was then formed at an international council meeting held in Hungary in 1928.
- Each member organization creates its own programs and pursues advocacy efforts based on the needs and issues affecting girls in its individual country. GSUSA does not always take the same positions or endorse the same programs as WAGGGS. GSUSA's relationship with WAGGGS is akin to the United States' relationship with the United Nations (UN). The United States may not agree with every position the UN takes, but values having a seat at the table.
- The national funds that GSUSA sends to WAGGGS come solely from investment income.
- Individual girls are not members of WAGGGS.
- Girls wear the WAGGGS pin to represent their connection to the worldwide sisterhood of Girl Scouting and Girl Guiding. For a girl to be in uniform, the only requirement is that she wears her Girl Scout pin.
- Girl Scouts (and their families) are able to travel and lodge in hostel-like bed and breakfast WAGGGS World Centres in Mexico, Switzerland, India, Africa and the United Kingdom.
All of the revenue earned from cookie activities—every penny after paying the baker—stays with our local Girl Scout council.
- None of the money earned from any Girl Scout council-sponsored cookie sale is given to any other group. This does not preclude girls from spending their earned money locally on program-related activities, such as paying their own way to a community event or museum or funding other programmatic outings. Girls may also choose to use earned money to purchase materials for a Take Action project to benefit the community. In a nutshell, girls decide how to spend their troop cookie money and reinvest it in their neighborhoods through service projects and learning experiences, including travel.
- Girl Scouts of the USA is paid a royalty by its licensed bakers for use of Girl Scout trademarks based on gross annual sales. Girl Scout councils do not provide any portion of their cookie revenue to Girl Scouts of the USA, and no other revenue from cookie sales goes to Girl Scouts of the USA. From the royalty Girl Scouts of the USA is paid by its licensed bakers, it provides contractual services and approves all program, marketing, and sales materials developed by the bakers. GSUSA also provides coordination and training for national media activities, safety standards for girls and volunteers, our world-renowned girl-leadership program, and full support during cookie season.