Girl Scouts

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Girl Scouts Have 23 New Badges, With Science Focus

Biggest new batch in a decade for the group

(Newser) - From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP . The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and... More »

Czech Girl Scout in Viral Photo Threatened

Lucie Myslikova, 16, stood up to neo-Nazi at protest

(Newser) - The Czech Interior Ministry says that police are taking steps to ensure the security of a Girl Scout after a photo showing her confronting a neo-Nazi group went viral , reports the AP . The ministry's Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats says the move was prompted by threats against 16-year-old... More »

Neo-Nazi Meets His Match: A Girl Scout

Lucie Myslíková, 16, applauded for her courage

(Newser) - Confronted with a neo-Nazi in the Czech Republic, a 16-year-old Girl Scout stood her ground, engaging the man in a heated debate. But it's a "powerful" photo of the exchange that now has people talking, per USA Today . Police tell the Guardian some 150 neo-Nazis had gathered for... More »

Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great

'We did what we could'

(Newser) - Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a cookie-selling Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint has a sweet ending. The 12-year-old and her mom were selling cookies outside a California Safeway around 5pm on Feb. 8 when a man approached and asked about... More »

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy

Protest group vows to block National Mall

(Newser) - Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more... More »

Man Sentenced for Pointing Shotgun at 7-Year-Old Girl Scout

She knocked on his door hoping to sell cookies

(Newser) - The 61-year-old California man who pointed a loaded shotgun at a 7-year-old girl trying to sell him Girl Scout cookies was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday, the Press Enterprise reports. The unnamed Girl Scout was selling cookies out of her Radio Flyer wagon in 2014 when she... More »

Girl Scouts Who Returned $100K Quickly Reap Much More

Crowdfunded donations support troop for refusing to discriminate

(Newser) - After returning a donation for $100,000 that stipulated the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided it was still important to raise the money it had declined. That $100,000 amounts to nearly a third of its 2015 financial assistance... More »

Girl Scouts Return Donor's $100K Over LGBT Strings

Person stipulated it not be used for transgender girls

(Newser) - This Girl Scouts story via Seattle Met begins with good news: A generous donor gives $100,000. Then becomes bad news: The donor stipulates that none of the money be used for transgender girls, prompting the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to return it with a note: “Girl Scouts... More »

Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies

Sinai Miller is home recovering with a bandaged leg

(Newser) - Sinai Miller had been waiting all day Tuesday for 4:30pm when she could pick up her Girl Scout cookies and begin selling them to neighbors. When the time came, she stepped outside her apartment with her two younger sisters, but "they didn't even get to make it... More »

Girl Scouts Conned Obama Into Wearing Tiara

Some people will do anything for a Thin Mint

(Newser) - "Here’s the general rule: You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president," President Obama once told the Navy football team when it offered him a helmet. "That’s Politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head." That general... More »

You Can Finally Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online

But you'll have to get an email invite from a scout first

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have entered the Internet age. In a move that reverses a years-long ban on Internet sales, the group's national organization has given online cookie sales the go-ahead. The Girl Scouts of the USA's former thought process had been that the in-person experience—of selling, handling... More »

New E-Cig Ruckus: Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll Flavors

Manufacturers not thrilled their brands being used in e-liquids

(Newser) - Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. General Mills Inc., the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. are among several companies... More »

Girl Scout Breaks Mammoth Cookie Sales Record

Katie Francis says she asks everyone she meets to buy

(Newser) - An Oklahoma City girl who says she asks everyone she meets to buy Girl Scout cookies has broken the organization's decades-old sales record by a margin about the size of a Thin Mint. Katie Francis sold 18,107 boxes in the seven-week sales period that ended Sunday night. The... More »

Genius Girl Scout Sells Cookies Outside Pot Clinic

Danielle Lei sold out in 45 minutes outside SF Green Cross

(Newser) - A business-savvy Girl Scout in San Francisco had to call for back-up cookies just 45 minutes after setting up shop in an inspired location: outside a medical marijuana clinic. In two hours on Monday, 13-year-old Danielle Lei sold 117 boxes of cookies to customers who may have been expecting to... More »

Calif. Man Pulls Gun on Girl Selling Cookies

Cops say he opened door to Girl Scout with gun in his hand

(Newser) - No more Thin Mints for this guy: A California man has been arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at a young girl who was selling cookies door-to-door. Police say that when the girl knocked on the door of John Dodrill, 59, he answered with a gun pointed at her, the... More »

Honey Boo Boo Brawls With Girl Scouts

Did we mention Honey Boo Boo isn't even a Girl Scout?

(Newser) - Honey Boo Boo is in hot water with the Girl Scouts ... even though she's not a Girl Scout. The tiny reality star started hawking Girl Scout cookies—on behalf of a friend who actually is a scout—on her Facebook page, until the organization shut the whole thing down,... More »

Bishops Launch Investigation Into Girl Scouts

Inquisition to target 'problematic programs'

(Newser) - First it was the nuns , now the Girl Scouts. They're the latest target of an investigation by the Catholic church. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is launching an official inquiry into the scouts' activities. Seems the merit-badge hungry females have been taking positions unpopular with the Catholic hierarchy—... More »

Colbert Looks for GOP's Obama

He thinks Bob Morris and Kyle Jones have the right stuff

(Newser) - Last night was Stephen Colbert's 1,000th show, but he's not looking back. With the GOP presidential race in turmoil, he's looking for the party's future savior, and since Barack Obama made the leap from senator to president in just four years, he figured state legislatures... More »

'Radical' Girl Scouts Back Gays, Abortion: Indiana Rep.

Indiana's Bob Morris refusing to honor group on 100th anniversary

(Newser) - A Republican member of the Indiana House is refusing to honor the the Girl Scouts on its 100th birthday because the "radicalized" organization backs gays and abortions. Rep. Bob Morris ripped the Girl Scouts, which he considers the "tactical arm" of Planned Parenthood, for allowing transgendered children to... More »

Transgender Girl Scout, 7, Triggers Cookie Boycott Call

Teen calls for boycott on YouTube over 'unsafe' member

(Newser) - A California teenager is attempting to organize a boycott of Girl Scout cookies because the Scouts allowed a 7-year-old transgender member to join last year. Why are the Girl Scouts "willing to break their own safety rules to accommodate transgender boys?" a girl who calls herself Taylor asks on... More »

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