Pastoral Guidance

The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas (May ‘17) statement entitled "Statement Regarding Archdiocesan Transition from Girl Scouts to American Heritage Girls."

The Archdiocese of St. Louis (February ‘16) letter - with accompanying FAQs - requests that local pastors hosting Girl Scouts troops meet with Girl Scout troop leadership to review Girl Scout concerns, carefully study alternative organizations, and strongly consider offering one of these programs instead of Girl Scouts.

The Diocese of Colorado Springs (Sept 15) Statement of Bishop Michael Sheridan regarding the Girl Scouts addresses many issues including GSUSA curriculum concerns, and GSUSA's relationship with WAGGGS and other organizations that conflict with Catholic teaching.

The Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau (Feb ‘15) letter of concern identifying Girl Scouts as an organization that “does not fully promote the teachings of the Catholic Church.”

The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas (Apr ‘14) statement regarding “many troublesome areas of disagreement” with the Girl Scout organization.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/USCCB (Apr ‘14) released the results of a 2-year investigation into Girl Scouts’ problematic messaging, transgender membership, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organization’s international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

Bishop James Conley serves as the Episcopal Moderator for American Heritage Girls’ National Catholic Committee. American Heritage Girls is a Christ-centered scouting program for girls ages 5-18. 

Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod announces its formal relationship with and recommendation of American Heritage Girls.  

Statements of Concern

Missouri Right to Life’s documented policy statement on the Girl Scouts (updated Sept ‘15) “urges citizens to consider carefully whether to participate in Girl Scouts or support them in any way.“