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The world is always changing, and Girl Scouts try to keep up with these new situations and challenges. We work hard to make sure our organization is relevant to today's young women and that we are fulfilling our mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place.

While the world changes, however, the basic tenets of Girl Scouting stay the same.  Since its creation more than 100 years ago, Girl Scouts has valued diversity and individuality, patriotism, good citizenship and the power of girls to change the world around them. At GSSA, we work toward this every day.

Lately, we've been receiving some questions about our organization and its position on various topics that have been in the news, and we want to make sure that you - our volunteers, parents and girls - have the information you need.  

The following details the principles that Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama embraces:

  • GSSA is pro-family. Throughout the year, we provide a variety of events that promote family togetherness. We encourage girls to participate in Girl Scouts with their entire family and make the program something that brings them closer to their parents and siblings.
     
  • GSSA is committed to diversity and inclusiveness, as Girl Scouts is dedicated to every girl, everywhere.
     
  • GSSA does not promote a political agenda.  We encourage girls to develop skills that reinforce a belief in themselves through courage, confidence and character.
     
  • GSSA emphasizes good citizenship via community involvement.  Girls are encouraged to look around their communities to identify community needs and join the effort to make their world a better place.
     
  • GSSA provides hands-on, experiential education that supplements traditional school programs.  We help girls learn to discover, connect and take action. We emphasizes skill building in the outdoors and respect for the environment.
     
  • Girl Scouts does not take a position on abortion or birth control and these topics are not part of the Girl Scout program or our materials. We believe these matters are best discussed by girls with their families.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama does not have a relationship with Planned Parenthood and does not plan to have one.
     
  • It should also be noted that not having a relationship with Planned Parenthood includes not having a financial relationship.
    • They do not give Girl Scouts money, and Girl Scouts does not give them money.
       
    • In fact, GSSA has gift acceptance policies which state we have the right to refuse funds from organizations that do not enhance, promote and ensure the purpose of Girl Scouting.  Planned Parenthood falls under this category.
       

Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama will continue its work to empower girls to make the world around them a better place.  We will remain relevant to today's girl, while we continue to hold dear the values  our founder, Juliette Gordon Low, set forth so many years ago.  We look forward to partnering with you in our effort to serve generations of girls to come. 

If you have questions about our policies, please feel free to contact us at 800/239-6636.

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As the council's COO, it's not my job to play favorites when it comes to troops. I have to admit, though, that there are several that are near and dear to my heart. My own daughter's troop is a source of great joy for her, and as such, it certainly makes me happy, too. I love watching this precious group of girls learn new things, develop skills and simply have fun.

There's another troop that never fails to make me smile, as well, and it involves a special group of girls in Ozark. For several years, we have had a troop at the Vivian B. Adams School, which provides educational opportunities for mentally and physically disabled individuals.

While nonetheless faithful in their love for Girl Scouts, the girls at Vivian B. Adams are a little different in some ways than the ones in my daughter's troop. For starters, they range in age from about eight years old to more than 50. They may walk a little slower and sometimes have difficulty communicating, but they smile just as brightly and sing just as sweetly as all the other Daisies and Brownies I know.

Over the years I've visited Troop 9230, I've watched them receive their Daisy petals, sing lots of songs and talk about what they love about Girl Scouting. Attending their celebrations and presenting them with their certificates is one of my favorite things to do each year. I love seeing the mothers of these girls cheer for them as they receive their patches, and watching the troop repeat the Girl Scout Promise always touches my heart.

Now Troop 9230 needs our help. Because this group is typically led by a volunteer and grant funding has diminished, we are in need of a new volunteer. These girls currently do not have a leader, and we fear they may no longer be able to be participate in Girl Scouting without the right person stepping up to help. If you or someone you know in the Ozark area might be interested in leading these girls or your troop might be willing to "adopt" them, please contact Cheryl Miller, our volunteer liaison.

The girls of Troop 9230 already make the world a better place, now they just need a special person to lead them. Is that special person you?

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