What do you think?

What do you think about Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts?  Are these organizations that as Christians we should allow our children to participate in or are they better served in one of the new “Christian alternative” programs such as Frontier Girls, American Heritage Girls or Campfire ?

I’m not sure how I feel about any of these organizations…so help me out..what do you think?

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6 thoughts on “What do you think?

  1. klampert says:

    i like the regular ones and the christian ones…but always seemed to me the secular ones did more for the community than the christian ones.

  2. Linda B says:

    Actually, Joel, American Heritage Girls has a strong service component built into their program. In fact, on their website, it says that those girls gave almost 100,000 hours in community service last year! That’s pretty impressive.

    And, a point of note, I would not call “Frontier Girls” a Christian alternative – they are open to all faiths. And, Campfire is not a Christian alternative either.

    I would strongly caution any Christian against putting their girls in the GSUSA (Girl Scouts). Their new curriculum has a strong New Age Influence and was written in cooperation with a group out of Oregon (The Ashland Institute) that has ties to the cult “Emissaries of the Divine Light”. While the Girl Scouts claim on their own website that they are “secular”, they none the less are promoting a religion through these new books (The Journeys) – that being an Eastern religion. For example, they suggest that a girl should rake her “zen garden” in order to deal with the stress of being bullied.

    Unfortunately, this group is no longer a safe place for Christians. And, while many Christian leaders are deceived into believing they can still run a “Christian” girl scout troop, they simply won’t be able to do that any longer as these new curriculum guides replace the old badges. As of 2010, the “Journeys” will be the only thing available through GSUSA.

    The strongest message that we, as Christians, have to give the Girl Scouts is to leave their organization en masse. There are alternatives. We can teach our children biblical principles along with the traditional family values that come with scouting. Check out American Heritage Girls at http://www.ahgonline.org. You’ll be glad you did.

  3. Janna says:

    I think they are all fine 🙂 pretty much harmless

  4. Lori says:

    I would definately investigate them thoroughly. I saw a keyring of a leader that was attending a meeting of Girl Scout leaders (they were meeting in a bldg we also had a meeting in) and it said “My parents said I could do anything so I became a lesbian” From what I have heard the GS have drasticly changed in their views and are no longer holding to the Christian values that were present many years (30+) ago when I was involved.
    I have heard much positive about the values and community service of various Christian organizations.

  5. lori says:

    Hey thanks for all this great feedback. I’m sure gaining some encouragement with regard to learning more about what my daughter is involved in.

    Linda B…thanks for stopping by! Nice to hear from you as well.
    AHG is not going to be an option for me as there are no groups in my area and I am not looking to start one, but thank you for the information.

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