Assemblyman Portantino Asks Lawmakers to Practice Girl Scout Law

In honor of the Girl Scouts' 100th anniversary Monday, the California Assembly passed a resolution to celebrate the organization and Assembly member Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) reminded colleagues of the Girl Scout law.

As the Girl Scouts of America mark their 100th anniversary Monday, state legislators celebrated the organization by passing a resolution noting "the Girl Scouts’ century-long commitment to building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place," according to Cal Watchdog.

Among the legislators that reflected on their experiences and thoughts of the Girl Scouts, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge), who represents San Gabriel Valley cities including La Cañada, Altadena, Arcadia, South Pasadena and parts of San Marino, urged his fellow lawmakers to "do your best" to practice the tenants of the Girl Scout Law, said Cal Watchdog. 

Portantino then read the following Girl Scout law below. Read the law and share in the comments section if you think lawmakers should obey it. How well do you think lawmakers are currently obeying Girl Scout law?

I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to 
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

Judi March 13, 2012 at 01:43 AM
If lawmakers on all levels followed Girl Scout Law, this country would be so much better off!
Cynthia de la Torre March 13, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Definitely! Thanks, Judi!
Bernard Kane March 13, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Good rules for living.
Sandra March 13, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Hmm. This article just reminded me that the little girl who took our order (and money) for cookies a few months ago never delivered. So much for the Girl Scout Law for that little twerp.
Jim Partor March 13, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As an organization, are the GS known to discriminate based on gender orientation and basetheir belief on religion? If the answer is yes, why is the California Legislature promoting then. To me that is just plain wrong we American have to start truly implementing separation of church and state.
Natalie Ragus March 13, 2012 at 06:25 PM
HA What? Sandra, you should track her down. How dare she not deliver your Tagalongs.
Natalie Ragus March 13, 2012 at 06:33 PM
I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. I LOVED the concept, but had a team of terrible leaders my fifth-grade year who ruined the entire experience for me. I quit, as did most of the troop, the following year. Despite it all, I do have one really good memory of Girl Scouts: going camping and eating Chili in a Bag (canned chili heated over a camp fire and dumped into a bag of Fritos.) Oh, the things that appeal to a 10-year-old...
Natalie Ragus March 13, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Jim, the Girl Scouts are a very good organization that promote the empowerment of girls. This is a good thing. And if boys want to scout, they can join the Boy Scouts. Sometimes, the genders need to separate in order to grow.
Cynthia de la Torre March 13, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Natalie, I have to admit that the Chili in a Bag appeals to me now...ha, ha
Alex Zucco March 13, 2012 at 07:27 PM
With 2/3 of the women serving in Congress and most female CEO's having come up through the Girl Scouts "ranks" -- it shows what an overall great leadership organization Girl Scouts has become - so much more than cookies...I enjoyed my time as a Scout at Hamilton Elementary, Hale Elementary and Wilson Middle School and have *loved* leading a troop of girls for the past 12 years and I have never heard of or experienced any discrimination with the Girl Scouts organization. If you still need cookies Sandra....my troop would be happy to deliver them to you :) And for those wanting to support the very best in Scouting, this Saturday the Girl Scouts Monrovia/Duarte Service Unit will be hosting a "Potato Bar" dinner and raffle to fund our Gold Award Scholarship Fund. If you want information, let me know!
Natalie Ragus March 13, 2012 at 07:49 PM
LOL right? Delicious!
Natalie Ragus March 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Alex, I had no idea that the Girl Scouts bred so many CEO and Congressional representatives. Amazing! I'm sure your troop is a lot of fun. Would you like to blog about your activities on Arcadia Patch so people can become more informed about the Scouts?
PETER March 13, 2012 at 11:32 PM
This little girl was practicing the Sacramento Law
Sandra March 13, 2012 at 11:45 PM
I KNOW! Sadly, there's no way to track her down. My husband answered the door, gave her the money and was so charmed by her tininess (he said she looked all of about 3 years old), that he failed to get a receipt. (Do they give receipts?) We don't even like cookies. *lol*
Sandra March 13, 2012 at 11:55 PM
I was a Brownie and a Girl Scout, too, and loved my years with them. That was back in the 60s, though.... different time for sure. Alex, thanks for your offer, that's sweet! My husband doesn't know what he ordered (he said he just pointed and said "that one". *lol*) and like I said above, we're not really cookie people. ;o) Now that potato bar... THAT'S my cup o' tea right there! I often find myself dreaming of the meek, but lovely potato. Please tell us more about that (the dinner/raffle, not my potato obsession *lol*). I'm not sure what our schedule is (I'm due for an imprompt hospital visit in the near future), but it sounds fantastic!
Alison Johnson May 30, 2012 at 06:03 AM
The Girl Scouts do not discriminate based on gender orientation, sexual orientation, or religious belief. Girl Scouts USA and Boy Scouts USA are two different and separate organizations, and while there have been some historical issues of the Boy Scouts discriminating against young men who are gay, the Girl Scouts have been affirming and accepting. Regarding religion and spirituality, no Girl Scout is ever required to affirm a belief in a deity nor give evidence of participating in an organized religion.


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