It’s been a year since both the Girl Scouts of the USA celebrated their centennial and a year since I posted “Girl Talk: I Was Born A Girl Scout.” Unfortunately, the balloons have since burst, all the cake has been eaten, and the Girl Scouts have little to sing about these days.
Many problems have arisen within the organization over the last couple of years, specifically financial issues. Fewer women are offering to volunteer their time with the Girl Scouts, which means some potential Girl Scouts are on waiting lists. Declining membership and revenue has also led to many disagreements between leadership and grassroots members. The biggest problem, though, is the pension plan with a $347 million deficit. Yikes. Keep reading »