A mother and her two daughters, all former Girl Scouts who say they are disillusioned with the organization’s connection to less-than family values, claim the U.S. group’s 52nd National Convention next week in Houston is a farce.
Christy Volanski and her daughters, Sydney and Tess, formed a sort of watchdog group earlier this year with their online site, “Speak Now: Girl Scouts,” as their platform in attempt to expose the group’s pro-abortion stance.
Volanski, who also served as a Girl Scout leader in the last three years of her daughters’ eight year membership, told The Christian Post that Girl Scouts of the USA does not attempt to present a balanced viewpoint when it comes to issues of abortion, sexuality, and marriage.
“For the last several conventions they have promoted this same type of ultra-feminist, abortion rights activists, and pro-homosexual speakers,” said Volanski, who resides in Houston. “There are many speakers that we consider problematic for pro-life families bringing their daughters to this event.”
Speakers at the convention, planned for Nov. 8 - 13, include Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who lives with her same-sex partner Kathy Hubbard, campaign treasurer for Planned Parenthood. Parker’s upcoming bid for re-election as Houston Mayor is endorsed by Planned Parenthood, according to plannedparenthoodfacts.org.
“The most troubling part to me is that Girl Scouts claim that they don’t take a stand on issues like abortion, contraception, girls’ sexuality, yet they promote all these type of speakers and role models for the girls,” Volanski said. “In addition to that they are sending the girls to websites that promote abortion.
“They claim to be somewhat neutral on these issues, but the facts reveal a totally different story,” she said. “They promote things that we as Christians do not teach.”
Earlier this year, a Girl Scouts spokesman denied the allegations. “Girl Scouts does not take a position on abortion or birth control. The national umbrella organization, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood on a national level and does not plan to have one,” the spokesman said.
However, Volanski said she views the upcoming convention and the group itself as being unbalanced morally and ethically.
“There’s no attempt to balance at all. There’s no one to represent the pro-life movement. There’s no one to represent the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman,” she said. “I’m concerned about what girls are going to be exposed to at the convention.”
Volanski is not deterred by the way the Girl Scouts portrays itself to the public.
“We have a whole group of concerned families around the United States that are keeping an eye on the Girl Scouts. Most of them are former Girl scouts or Girl Scouts leaders,” she said.
Membership in the Girl Scouts of USA may be dwindling. The faith-based American Heritage Girls reports that 40 percent of its membership are former Girl Scouts, Volanski said.
Adding fuel to the issue of the group’s moral value system, the Colorado Girl Scouts has recently said they would allow a 7-year-old boy to join after initially rejecting his application.
The boy wants to join his sister in the group and reportedly dresses like a girl and loves playing with dolls, according to the Daily Mail.
“I have compassion for the little boy,” Volanski said. “I understand that he needs a place, but I am concerned about what provisions there are for girls because they do a lot of overnight summer camps. If that’s there policy it seems very complicated to me. I would be concerned as a parent if my daughter was going to a sleep-away event with a boy.”