Investigate the Girl Scouts of the USA and their request for pension relief
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Investigate the Girl Scouts of the USA and their request for pension relief

    1. James Franklin
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      James Franklin

      Birmingham, AL

 

Currently Girl Scouts of the USA is soliciting Congress for help in resolving their pension funding problems  and has had HR 2134,  The Charitable Pension Flexibility Act of 2013,  introduced, which has been assigned to the House Education and the Workforce Committee, and the House Ways and Means Committee.

 

For the most part, Girl Scouts was founded on the premise of providing opportunities for girls to explore the out-of -doors,  away from city life.

 

The original and long held purpose of the cookie sale was to fund Girl Scout camps close to the local communities.  In fact, many Councils reserved cookie money just for the camps. Thus the sign seen above, which reads : BUILT BY COOKIE MONEY.

Current GSUSA Program policies are diverting the Girl Scout movement away from traditional scouting and towards a corporate for profit business model, that is concerned with profit and loss rather than providing services to girls. We have been assisted by Congressman Bruce Braley (R-Iowa) in asking that the following inquiries be made:

 

1. Request information regarding GSUSA involvement and justification for the massive closure and sale of Girl Scout Camps across the United States

 

2. Where are the funds from Girl Scout cookie sales going, if not to camping? Are they going to pay for pension obligations, expensive buildings and renovations, rather than services to the girls?

 

3. If taxpayers are asked to bail out the organization, what specifically would this funding go towards? Pension packages, or services for the girls ?

Before any relief is given, please have written assurance all further divestment of Girl Scout Camps, by local Girl Scout Councils will cease and the cookie money the girls raise in their communities will go back to it's original purpose of SERVING THE GIRLS, including supporting and maintaining their local camps.

Please join us in this effort.

 

 

 

 

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    1. 1000+ SIGNATURES AND STILL CLIMBING!

      James Franklin
      Petition Organizer

      We have just passed 1000 signatures today and signatures are still being added!

      Thanks to each of you who have taken the time to do so and to share it with your own lists of friends, Please do so again with anyone who has not signed.

      I do wish to clarify something, though.

      "This Change.org petition is not asking Congress to oppose the Charitable Pension Flexibility Act but rather asking that the following inquires be made::

      1. Request information regarding GSUSA involvement and justification for the massive closure and sale of Girl Scout Camps across the United States (now up to 29 States)

      2. Where are the funds from Girl Scout cookie sales going, if not to camping? Are they going to pay for pension obligations, expensive buildings and renovations, rather than services to the girls? (Over $750 million in revenue a year)

      3. If taxpayers are asked to bail out the organization, what specifically would this funding go towards? Pension packages, or services for the girls ?

      Thanks!

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    • Amy Stiling ORLANDO, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Because I have a 5 yr old daughter.

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    • Kimberly Buford BRANDON, MS
      • 7 months ago

      I am a Girl Scout leader in the Girl Scouts of Greater MS Council. We are also watching the pushing for camps to be closed in our state. I would like to see more transparent conversations as to why and a return the reasons being "the girls". That phrase is missing from a lot of the official statements released. This is an organization led by girls for girls and that is being lost.

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    • Mary Schleissmann MAHOPAC, NY
      • 7 months ago

      GSUSA has been taken over by corporate types who hike their salaries and take from girls. As a not for profit, this needs to be investigated.

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    • Melissa Ballow WARMINSTER, PA
      • 8 months ago

      Counselor at a GSEP summer camp/12 year GSEP member

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    • Michal Stoecker SPRINGFIELD, MO
      • 8 months ago

      I am a troop leader for my daughter's Junior Girl Scout troop. I think they should spend more of the money on the camps. Ours is not in great shape!

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