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Letter from the St. Louis Archdiocese, Catholic Youth Apostolate


Statements in the Missouri Baptist Pathway on Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls:

November 8, 2012
Article titled, “American Heritage Girls Troop Chartered in Springfield”

SPRINGFIELD – American Heritage Girls (AHG) is a faith-based program that fits well with the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Girl Scouts that meets every Monday evening at First Baptist Church here. Other Missouri AHG troops are located in Versailles, St. Louis, and Kansas City.

This new organization for girls provides leadership and character development for girls kindergarten through 18 years of age. AHG troops meet to grow in their faith, serve in their community, practice leadership, experience teamwork, and build friendships.There are five levels: Pathfinder, ages 5-6, in kindergarten; Tenderheart, ages 6-9, grades 1-3; Explorer, ages 9-12, grades 4-6; Pioneer, ages 12-14, grades 7-8; and Patriot, ages 14-18, grades 9-12. Girls in this AHG troop will be able to earn badges in six frontiers: heritage, family living, arts, personal well-being, science and technology, and outdoor skills.

The troop coordinator is Kathryn Mainka. Denise Overton, wife of Pastor Michael Overton, is the troop shepherd. Other leaders are Crystal Listerman, Karen Strick, and Kathy Love. After one month there are 22 girls registered.

The church has provided financial support and meeting space for AHG. David J. Eslick is the coordinator between the AHG and the church, just as he is with Boy Scout Troop 5 and Cub Scout Pack 5, and Girl Scout Troop 5.

Each month the girls will work on a service project. Upcoming projects include making Christmas cards for soldiers serving overseas and helping the church with Operation Christmas Child, packing shoeboxes with items for children overseas. Girls who have become members of this new troop are from several churches in the community.

The oath for the American Heritage Girls organization is, “I promise to love God, cherish my family, honor my country, and serve in my community. Their creed is, “As an American Heritage Girl, I promise to be compassionate, helpful, honest, loyal, perseverant, pure, resourceful, respectful, responsible, and reverent.” Their mission is, “Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community, and country.”

The national office of American Heritage Girls is in Cincinnati, Ohio. AHG is the premier national character development organization for young women that embraces Christian values and encourages family involvement. During its 17 years of operation, AHG has experienced rapid growth. Founded in 1995 in Cincinnati, Ohio, AHG has grown from 10 troops and 100 members to an anticipated 18,000 members in 2012, according to Founder and Executive Director Patti Garibay.

January 25, 2008
Article titled, “Thoughts on Exec Director Search, Liberal Charities”

Regarding Liberal Charities:

Liberalism has a deceiving allure to it that allows it to gradually creep into every facet of life. Its unbiblical premise that man is basically good is tempting to accept. One of the latest facets of society that has bought into the liberal lie is charities.

Charities like Big Brothers and the United Way fell victim to high-profile controversies in recent years: Big Brothers for allowing homosexuals to mentor young boys and the United Way for – in some cases – defunding the Boy Scouts of America for their rejection of homosexuality. Now we learn the list is growing.

Life Decisions International (LDI), a national pro-life organization, has identified several charitable groups associated with Planned Parenthood and/or its agenda. Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortions in America. You might be shocked at the ones identified.

Read them and weep: the American Cancer Society, Girl Scouts, Camp Fire Girls, Inc., Kiwanis Clubs, the March of Dimes, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Rotary Clubs and the YWCA. If you are involved with any of these organizations, I implore you to make sure your money is not going to an organization that kills unborn children. If you give money to these organizations, perhaps it is time you re-evaluate your charitable contributions.

May 11, 2004                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Article titled, “Girl Scouts Admit Link to Planned Parenthood”

JEFFERSON CITY – Despite an announcement made in March by the national leader of Girl Scouts USA that many Girl Scout councils across America have relationships with Planned Parenthood, Missouri remains relatively free from these influences, according to a telephone survey of all nine Missouri councils conducted by The Pathway.

Seven councils said they had no relationship with Planned Parenthood, one deferred its response to the national office and one council – the Girl Scouts of Mid-Continent Council, Inc., in Kansas City – admitted it will work with Planned Parenthood from time to time.

“It is very important for Christians in this age of rampant godlessness to be constantly vigilant of the organizations we are involved with,” said Rodney Albert, chairman, Christian Life Commission, Missouri Baptist Convention, and pastor, Hallsville Baptist Church. “No longer can we trust established organizations to remain true to the principles they were founded upon. When cookies and abortion are partnered together, something is grossly wrong.”

Councils in Hannibal, St Louis, Springfield, Jefferson City, Cape Girardeau, St. Joseph and Joplin do not work with Planned Parenthood. A representative of the Sikeston council questioned why The Pathway would even ask such a question before stating that she would prefer that the national office comment on whether the Sikeston Girl Scouts have a relationship with Planned Parenthood. A national spokesman for the Girl Scouts was contacted but did not return a phone call to The Pathway.

Mindy McDermott, director of marketing and public relations for the Kansas City Girl Scouts council, said the organization does not have a permanent and sustained relationship with Planned Parenthood, “but we often rely on community partners when we develop and deliver community programs.” Those community partners, McDermott said, can range from the YMCA to Planned Parenthood.

On March 5, Girls Scouts Chief Executive Officer Kathy Cloninger told NBC News that the organization has relationships with Planned Parenthood organizations across the country to bring information-based sex education programs to girls. Of the 315 councils across the United States, 26 percent have relationships with Planned Parenthood, according to STOPP International. In Missouri, the segment is 11 percent.

The vast majority of Girl Scout councils have not disclosed whether they have a relationship with Planned Parenthood, STOPP reported. The number as of April 12 was 79 percent. Ed Syzmkowiak, national director of STOPP International, is part of a effort that has posted a state-by-state account of whether individual councils are in relationship with Planned Parenthood. That Web site is www.all.org/stopp/scouts.

“In the long run, what we want to do is to spare young girls from the Planned Parenthood agenda,” Syzmkowiak said.

The Girl Scouts used to forbid lesbians from participating, but in 1980, the organization changed its guidelines on homosexuality, according to the American Family Association Journal. By choosing a policy of nondiscrimination, the Girl Scouts said they would welcome lesbians either as scouts or troop leaders.

In a 1986 Sacramento Bee article, Girl Scouts Spokeswoman Deborah Mason said lesbians are accepted in the Girl Scouts because the organization respects the private lives of its staff and volunteers.

In 1992, the Girl Scouts clarified their position by issuing a national policy statement saying the organiza­tion respects the values and beliefs of each of its members and does not investigate or intrude into personal matters. Therefore, the statement continued, the Girl Scouts do not have policies that focus on individual sexual preference.

Greg Quinlan of Pro Family Network flatly said that the Girl Scouts cannot be trusted as long as they partner with Planned Parenthood.

“Like any business, Planned Parenthood strives to increase its revenues,” Quinlan said. “The nation’s most prolific provider of abortions thus seeks more pregnant females to serve. Teens and pre-teens obviously are an already fertile field for abortion harvest. To plant a new crop each year, Planned Parenthood merely needs to tell Girl Scouts premarital sex is expected from them.”





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