GSME statement regarding recent publicity

Recently, the local press has carried stories regarding the dismissal of two Girl Scout troop leaders for failure to follow the policies of Girl Scouts of Maine and Girl Scouts USA related to safety and money. Although the circumstances are unfortunate, we want you to know the truth regarding the rule in this matter.
 
The rule is clear, and the rule has been confirmed by GSUSA.  Girl Scouts may not take part in the direct solicitation of cash and they cannot participate in money-earning activities that are not Girl Scout-approved product sales and efforts. Exceptions require a special vote by GSUSA’s National Board of Directors, and only three exceptions have been allowed to this rule in the aftermath of three natural disasters; Hurricane Katrina, and earthquake-hit Haiti and Japan.  

Our top priority is to help girls become women of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place. In order to accomplish this, we, like all Girl Scouts councils across the nation, follow the rules and regulations established by GSUSA, and when those rules are disregarded, we have an obligation to our members to take definitive action to protect the well-being of the girls in our care. 

Girl Scouts is, by design, a place where trained volunteers have the responsibility to role-model the right behaviors while helping girls realize their own potential and self-worth.  They must above all things be willing to demonstrate to girls the importance of respecting and obeying the Girl Scout Law and the policies and procedures vital to our mission. 

As your statewide council, we wish to acknowledge the over 13,000 girls and 4000 plus dedicated volunteers who are part of our Girl Scouts family and we thank you for your loyalty and support. 

Girl Scouts of Maine builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. The organization serves over 16,000 girl and adult members statewide, and operates service centers and shops in South Portland and Bangor.