Girl Scouts Duty to God and Country

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Girl Scouts raising the flag at a Municipal Band concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Girl Scouts raising the flag at a Municipal Band concert in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

American Minute from William J. Federer

Juliette Low began the Girls Scouts, MARCH 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

Chronic ear infections as a child made one ear deaf.

A grain of rice thrown at her wedding lodged in her other ear, which was punctured by the procedure to remove it.

Juliette Low’s father, a U.S. Army General, was previously a Civil War Confederate captain.

In the Spanish-American War, Juliette Low and her mother organized a convalescent hospital for wounded soldiers returning from Cuba.

After her husband’s death in 1905, Juliette Low traveled to England where in 1911 she met Boer War hero Sir Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the Boy Scouts.

They were engaged to be married, but the wedding was cancelled.

Returning to America, Juliette Low founded Girl Guides.

Dying of breast cancer in 1927, she was buried in her uniform.

The original Girl Scout promise was:

“On my honor, I will try: to do my duty to God and my country, to help other people at all times, to obey the Girl Scout laws.”

In 1995, parents in West Chester, Ohio, grew disillusioned with an increasing secular focus, leading Patti Garibay, a former Girl Scout leader, to found the family-friendly American Heritage Girls, serving thousands of girls with troops in over 37 States.

With a focus the traditional Judeo-Christian morality of building women of integrity through “Faith, Service and Fun,” the American Heritage Girls’ Oath is:

“I promise to love God, Cherish my family, Honor my country, and Serve in my community.”

6 Comments

  1. PolishBear says:

    It’s ironic how evangelicals and social conservative are expressing so much vitriol toward the Girl Scouts these days, yet the photo you choose in to include in this article is of Girl Scouts raising the American Flag.

    It’s also ironic how you claim that American Heritage Girls focus on “traditional Judeo-Christian morality,” yet on the organization’s website they call themselves a “Christ-centered character development program.” Where’s the “JUDEO” in that? I doubt if young Jewish girls would be particularly welcome, let alone girls who are Hindu or Muslim.

    • Bob Ellis says:

      It’s not ironic at all. As the article points out, the Girl Scouts were founded by Christians on Christian principles, and have embraced those principles for most of their history.

      Though unfortunately more of the GS leadership are embracing Leftist ideology, not all troops are falling for that nonsense, and there is still some good in the Girl Scouts if one is careful. My daughter was in Girl Scouts for 5 or 6 years.

      It also isn’t ironic at all that American Heritage Girls focus on “traditional Judeo-Christian morality” while carrying out a “Christ-centered character development program.” From whence did Christianity inherit its system of morality? Judaism. Under what religious system did Christ grow up and carry out his ministry? Judaism. Who wrote the entire Old Testament? Jews. Who wrote the vast majority of the New Testament? Jews.

      Jewish girls would probably find themselves quite welcome in the American Heritage Girls, especially if they accepted Yeshua as Messiah. Even if they did not, if they didn’t mind the other girls focusing on the Messiah, they would still find a lot of redeeming qualities about the organization.

      Even a Hindu or Muslim girl would probably be welcomed, so long as they or their parents didn’t try to undermine the values of the organization. They would, however, find significant differences in their traditional value systems and that of the American Heritage Girls. Whether they wanted to explore or work around those differences would be up to them of course, and they would be free to leave the organization if they found it not to their liking, just as the American Heritage Girls are free to pursue values to their liking.

      • PolishBear says:

        “Jewish girls would probably find themselves quite welcome in the American Heritage Girls, especially if they accepted Yeshua as Messiah.”

        Then they wouldn’t be Jewish. They’d be Christian. Oh well, so much for inclusion.

        • Bob Ellis says:

          You obviously don’t know much about what it means to be Jewish or Christian.

          • PolishBear says:

            What, Bob, do you mean “Messianic Christians” or “Jews for Jesus?” Yeah, that makes as much sense as “Baptists for Buddha” or “Mormons for Muhammed.”

            • Bob Ellis says:

              Yes, Messianic Jews and Jews for Jesus are two descriptions/groups for Jews who recognize that Yeshua was the Messiah foretold in the Old Testament. Jesus was himself a Jew, as were all of his apostles and virtually all the first Christians.

              I understand that you don’t know much about what it means to be Jewish or Christian, but you should take the time to learn instead of embarrassing yourself by making silly comments about things you don’t grasp.