I used to work as a membership manager for our local council. Until then, I was all for GS. Then I saw the high pressure tactics we were taught to get girls to join...to get volunteers to lead...to get cookies sold. Cookies. Sold by children. To finance the council CEO's 6-figure salary. To pay for the council's beautiful offices (while the camps the girls attended went to pot). I saw leaders given troops who shouldn't have been around kids. One male co-leader actually burned down his ex-wife's trailer; everyone knew he was unstable, but when I tried to remove him, I was reprimanded. Another leader got into an argument with a school principal -- she screamed & swore at him (in front of kids), then SPED her minivan out of the school parking lot. Yeah -- I got written up for removing her (without my supervisor's 'permission' which, technically I was allowed to do). She was reinstated. I was finally fired (as were 9 of my fellow employees) on bullshit, trumped up "violations" -- so we could be replaced by part-time, fresh out of school kids for far less money -- while the executives kept their big salaries and company cars.
So, NO. I don't believe in GS anymore.
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