My daughter desperately wants to join. I'm fine with it, except the pledge to "serve god". it is a mostly secular group and they are free to substitute the word 'god' with another word or phrase that…Continue
"I don't have an 'atheist belief system', I don't even believe in good luck.
I do frequently wish others good luck or ask for other to wish me luck. It is one of the most innocuous ways to casually form a bond and to let another…"
"Thanks everyone for the responses! My daughter has herself all spun-up and committed to the idea already, my husband was sold from the word "cookie". I'm mostly just excited about all the corny photo-ops and seeing my…"
"I think we're headed this direction. Thank You :) I plan on being pretty involved and hope to catch any problems while they are small.
I searched on facebook for our chapter and found a local troop leader. She seemed…"
"Thanks for being the control in this group. I hear you. If I was looking for a group for myself, I'd skip on the scouts.
As a Mom, I'm thinking I need to give my little girl the chance to "make nice" with a…"
"We do have a Camp Quest that will be up and running next summer! I am drawn to the scouts as a year-round opportunity for her to get out and do good as part of a group. We will definitely be supporting Camp Quest in 2012 :)"
"I love it when they dismiss and excuse certain parts of the bible! We should always take the opportunity to point out to them that by rejecting certain biblical lessons they are showing their natural moral compass.
If they cry…"
"The Girl Scout Promise can be made in English, Spanish, or in American Sign Language with the same meaning.
On my honor, I will try:To serve God and my country,To help people at all times,And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Promise is…"
"I guess my Mom was naive (sp?) about GS when I was young, and I was about it when my daughter was young. NEVER occurred to me that it was anything to do with religion, never heard anyone say anything religious ever (guess I wasn't…"
"I guess I would be a hard liner on this one and say don't do it. Girl scouts and Boy scouts is a religiously based group and there is no way of getting around it. Wether you are in a group that is highly religiously lead or not so…"
"Our daughter has been in GS in Colorado (two separate troops) and Oregon. Each of them had differing views on using the text in their pledge, but all agreed that adherence wasn't strictly required. No proselytizing took place, especially…"
"The religion factor probably varies depending on what state you're in. In very religious states,\ its likely that most of the leaders are also very religious, so religion is more likely to be snuck into the agenda."
"I was in Girl Scouts as a kid and then as a leader when my daughter was young. I never even thought about it being in any way religious. Guess I just didn't think about it then, or in our group, it was just doing fun stuff with no…"
"We tried Girl Scouts. It didn't work out for us. I told the leader we were atheists. Every meeting turned into discussions about god and me biting my lip the whole time. I complained all the way up to the state level,…"
My daughter desperately wants to join. I'm fine with it, except the pledge to "serve god". it is a mostly secular group and they are free to substitute the word 'god' with another word or phrase that expresses their feelings.I'd like not to taint her before she even feels a part of the group - but she's way too young to pledge service to any tradition. I am leaning toward "the law" as a substitute phrase, but realistically, I'm softening here on just letting her assimilate.Ideas, suggestions?See More