The Girl Scouts have gone crazy, which was predictable. Too bad.
His Excellency Most Reverend Robert Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis has cautioned the faithful under his charge about involvement with the Girl Scouts. Material has been posted on the archdiocesan website.
Of course one of the questions at this time of year will be…
Can I still buy Girl Scout Cookies?
Each person must act in accord with their conscience. It is also our duty to form our consciences and learn the issues. Here are a few things to consider when making your decision:
There is a licensing fee attached to each box of Girl Scout cookies produced, paid to GSUSA. Licensing fees paid to GSUSA on all trademarked Girl Scout items (cookies, Girl Scout curriculum books and badges, ice creams, coffee creamers, etc.) amounts to millions of dollars every year. (See: Does any of the money from cookie sales go to Girl Scouts of the USA?) On average, only 10-20% of the total cookie revenue remains with the troop selling the cookies. (See: How can I be sure that Girl Scout Cookie Program revenue supports the local Girl Scouts in my community?)
We echo the statement of Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, that it is important not to debate these issues with individual girls who are selling cookies. These conversations must “remain among adults”.
I’ll say this.
I won’t buy their cookies. Ever.
Also, I would never think of explaining why to one of the girls selling them. “No thanks. Not today”, is enough. I might to an aggressive mother apart from the kids. There are a bunch of them with the bairn array in my local grocery store. I get to walk past them often.