February 20, 2014
Greetings to All Girl Scouts Members and Friends,
Last weekend, a Girl Scout mom and her daughter chose to host a Girl Scout Cookie booth sale outside of a legal medical marijuana dispensary in San Francisco.Girl Scouts is not a political organization and does not take a position on political issues. The decision of the mom to allow her daughter to have a booth at this location is not intended to be an endorsement or statement of any kind. The booth location choice was the decision of one mother; it is not a representative of a council or national sale strategy. Our primary concern is always the safety and well being of the girls we serve.Both Girl Scouts of Northern California and Girl Scouts of the USA offer booth safety guidelines, and we rely on troop leaders and parents to make decisions about the right place for their girls to set up cookie booths based on the varied and diverse communities they live in. For GSNorCal, this covers urban, suburban and rural locations across 19 counties from Gilroy to the Oregon border. We respect that individual sales and booth decisions will vary for different families and within the context of their communities. We encourage troops to observe our thoughtful safety guidelines during the cookie sale.To date, we have not attempted to list either “permitted” or "prohibited locations" and have relied on parents and volunteers to make wise decisions for their girls. As always, we evaluate our policies and procedures at the end of each cookie sale and will consider whether further guidelines will be beneficial regarding booth site selection.When customers buy Girl Scout Cookies, they help girls grow confident, set goals, make decisions, work as part of a team - and earn funds for their activities that include life-changing programs, camp, and service projects that come back and benefit the community. Cookie sales also support girl and volunteer services within our 19 counties - that's supporting 50,000 girls and 31,000 volunteers, keeping 12 camps maintained and open, providing financial aid, and background screening and training the most volunteers of any Girl Scout council in the country so that girls get safe, quality program.
Yours in Girl Scouting,
Marina H. Park, CEO
Girl Scouts of Northern California
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