Scout Troops Represent Many Faiths

September 15, 2003

Source: The Oregonian

On September 15, 2003 The Oregonian reported that "in their green Girl Scout vests stitched with badges, the girls of Troop 869 are the newest members of a 91-year-old tradition rooted in the American South. With their Muslim headcoverings and prayers, the girls also represent how far the Girl Scouts have gone to tailor Scouting to many faiths, or none. National Girl Scout officials don't keep track of members' religious backgrounds, but news reports show that predominantly Muslim troops have formed in half a dozen cities, from Santa Clara, Calif., to Chicago to Charlotte, N.C...Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts recognize a range of faiths through awards administered by Islamic, Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist organizations...Both Girl Scouts and Buddhism inspire girls to be the best they can be, 'knowing we don't always make it,' said Peterson, who has been a Girl Scout and leader for 23 years."