Dear Girl Scout,
Thank you to all of the leaders, parents and volunteers who have reached out to me and to our staff to share your concerns about the participation of Girl Scouts in the January 20 inaugural parade. You are the lifeblood of this organization, and your feedback is critical to our Movement. We are sharing your input with our national organization.
As reported in the news, 75 girls from the Girl Scout Council in Washington DC, Nation's Capital, will participate in the inaugural parade. In addition, troops from around the nation are traveling to Washington DC to witness the transfer of presidential power and/or participate in the Women’s March. I know we also have troops planning to participate in Women’s Marches in San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco.
I am proud of our girls who are choosing to engage in our democracy. It is their choice and their voice.
Girl Scouts of Northern California is not officially participating in either the inauguration or in any of the Women’s Marches.
On Saturday, I will be at an Awards Celebration, honoring Girl Scout Juniors and Cadettes who have earned their Bronze and Silver Awards. I know that on Saturday we also have our adult learning fair (Discoveree) and a number of cookie rallies happening around the council. We will stand together, at the beginning of these events for our flag ceremony. We will pledge allegiance to the flag, and to the republic, for which it stands: “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” and we will recite our promise, to “serve God and my country.” All of this is in support of girls who are taking action to make the world a better place. Our strength comes from what unites us, and I appreciate each of you for your role in helping Girl Scouts build tomorrow’s leaders – girls with the courage to speak out and make a difference in their communities.
If you would like more information about the inaugural parade and march, here is a blog post from Girl Scouts of the USA addressing Girl Scouts' participation in the Inaugural Parade and the Women's March on Washington. Here is the information GSNorCal provided to Service Unit leaders on November 29, 2016, in response to questions about participating in Women’s Marches on January 21.