Archdiocesan Committee on Catholic Youth Organizations' statement on Girl Scouts USA:
The Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston's Committee on Catholic Youth Organizations understands the Girl Scouts of the USA and its local leaders do not take a stand on or advocate for or against any issue regarding girls' health and sexuality. It is the Committee's understanding that the Girl Scouts' policy precludes any sanctioning or funding of Planned Parenthood activities.
The Archdiocesan Committee on Catholic Youth Organizations believes engagement with the Girl Scouts is the best way to influence a secular organization that provides admirable character development for thousands of local youth, including many Catholics. The Committee encourages parents to actively ensure that Girl Scouts, Campfire Girls, American Heritage Girls, and Catholic Daughters troops associated with the Catholic Church are presented with the Church's teachings and that the sanctioned local activities of these organizations do not undermine the Church's teachings.
We are committed to fostering the spiritual development of the Catholic members of Girls Scouts of the USA, Camp Fire USA, American Heritage Girls, and Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas and any others as designated by the Archdiocese authorized administrators.
Rev. Pat Garrett