Important Council updates from the Girl Scouts NorCal CEO, Marina Park.
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November 30, 2016

Dear Service Unit Leaders,
We’ve recently been asked whether Girl Scout Troops will be able to participate in any of the local or national Women’s March on Washington events planned for January 21, 2017.
 
GSUSA has issued an official statement* allowing Girl Scouts to participate in the Women’s March on Washington if they choose to do so; the statement also makes it clear that the Women’s March on Washington is in no way associated or affiliated with the Girl Scout Movement.
 
Girl Scouts encourages civic engagement and participation by girls, and respects the rights of our members to make their own decisions regarding their participation in this event – either as individuals, or as Girl Scouts – on a case-by-case basis.
 
Girl Scouts strives to help each girl tap into her leadership potential to develop the courage, confidence and character to make our world a better place. We are proud to work with leaders from all levels of government and all sides of the political spectrum to advance issues important to girls.
 
Should your troop elect to participate as Girl Scouts in one of the Women’s March on Washington events in January, please be advised that:
  1. Participants should only wear clothing with Girl Scout logos or slogans.
     
  2. Participants should only carry an official service unit banner or Girl Scout flag, if desired.
     
  3. Troop leaders must communicate with parents and guardians that this is not an official Girl Scout sponsored event. As with any non-Girl Scout event, parents and guardians are responsible for assessing the risks of their girl’s participation. Because this is a new event, GSNorCal can’t predict whether the marches will be appropriate for girls. We strongly encourage any members considering this decision to learn more about the Women’s March on Washington events through these links:
     
  4. Troop leaders must comply with council Troop Travel Guidelines.
     
  5. Troop leaders should advise girl and adult participants to arrive at the event prepared. For example: wear walking shoes, socks, and sunscreen. Bring water bottles, snacks, etc. 
Women’s March on Washington events are in no way associated or affiliated with the Girl Scout Movement, and those who choose to engage do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Girl Scouts of Northern California.
 
Should you have any additional questions, please contact: Michelle McCormick, Chief Mission Delivery Officer, mmcormick@girlscoutsnorcal.org or (800) 447-4475.

Marina H. Park, CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern California


GSUSA’s official statement as of 11/18/2016:
 
“The Women’s March on Washington is in no way associated or affiliated with the Girl Scout Movement, and those who choose to engage do not necessarily represent the views or opinions of Girl Scouts of the USA. Girl Scouts encourages civic engagement and participation in girls, and respects the rights of each individual girl and adult member of our Movement to make their own decision regarding their participation in this event – either as individuals, or as Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts strives to help each girl tap into her leadership potential to develop the courage, confidence and character to make our world a better place. We are proud to work with leaders from all levels of government and all sides of the political spectrum to advance issues important to girls.”
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1650 Harbor Bay Parkway
Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94502

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