What We Stand For
The mission of Girl Scouts is to build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Our focus is on building girls’ leadership and life skills—not a political agenda.
Our girls grow courageous and strong through a wide variety of enriching experiences, such as being a member of a Girl Scout Robotics team, field trips, skill-building workshops, community service projects, environmental stewardships, and programs in our core focus areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), money management and health.
However, questions sometimes arise about Girl Scouting and we want to supply our volunteers and families with accurate information. Below are some key facts:
- There is no relationship—past, present or planned—between Planned Parenthood and Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri. In addition, Girl Scouts of the USA does not have a relationship or partnership with Planned Parenthood.
- Girl Scouts does not take a position on reproductive issues. We believe these are matters that are 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.
- Girl Scouts actively encourage every girl to become a stronger member of her faith community.
Commitment To Our Girls
Girl Scouts is a girl-centered youth programming experience. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is committed to inclusion and strives to provide a safe and welcoming community for all members and their families. This is made possible through partnership and clear expectations between Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, volunteers, and the child and their family.
Placement of transgender youth is handled by trained staff, with the welfare and best interests of the child and the members of the troop/group in mind. That said, if the child is recognized by the family and school/community as a girl and lives culturally as a girl, then Girl Scouts is an organization that welcomes her participation.
Girl Scouts welcomes all adult volunteers and has developed appropriate safeguards regarding roles and responsibilities to ensure that girls receive proper supervision and support.