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Girl Scouts Are Changing And Conservative Women's Groups Are Concerned

Reported by Donna - January 25, 2007 -

Today on Studio B with Shepard Smith they did a segment on the Girl Scouts saying it wasn't just a matter of selling cookies and getting badges.

It seems there are some changes in store and Fox is there to tell you how upset conservative women are getting because of it.

Anita Vogel reported on it. She said the orgainization is going through a crisis of relevance and that is what is prompting the changes. No more frumpy uniforms and they will now have discussions on relevant issues such as teen pregnancy, body image and eating disorders.

They had Brenda Berg who is the Mt Wilson Vista Council CEO (presumably for the Girl Scouts) on who said they felt they needed to look at the programs and volunteer leadership to make sure that their organization would be the go to organization for girls and would be seen as a resource for girls going into the future.

Vogel said that some conservative women's groups are very unhappy with the changes that are about to take place. They had video of Janice Shaw from the Concerned Women For America who said, "I think their strategy is all wrong. You know the thing that appeals to young people is a challenge, something that moves forward in a very positive way. I think when you focus on negative things and look at problems, that's not attractive to girls. That's not going to appeal to them. It's not going to be something that builds the Girl Scouts in any sort of way."

Vogel said that these were not going to be drastic changes but happen gradually over the years even though some of the changes have already started in some places.

Comment: The piece was offered in a fair and balanced way, however I can't help but think that if some of the other news personalites at Fox get ahold of it, that will change. We'll see if this does become an issue on Fox News.

The Conservative woman who said they needed to focus on positive things reminded me of Barbara Bush saying she couldn't bother her pretty mind worrying about body bags during the first Gulf War.

I think it's commendable that the Girl Scouts want to focus on more relevant roles, especially since they haven't changed in 30 years.