Girl Scouts ‘regret any hurt caused’ by regional council trying to stop troop’s pro-Palestinian fundraiser

The Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has issued a statement apologizing for the controversy surrounding a troop that was told it couldn’t sell handmade bracelets for a pro-Palestinian fundraiser.

Instead of selling traditional cookies, kids from Girl Scout Troop 149 in St. Louis, Missouri, decided last month to make bead bracelets to raise money for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund.Palestinian military leader Said According to NBC News, the group didn’t have “the energy to put into cookie season because they were grieving.”

However, the group was told by the Girl Scouts Regional Council of Eastern Missouri that it could not hold a fundraiser under the organization’s auspices because it was “political and partisan.” The chapter even allegedly issued legal threats against the organization if it continued to use the Girl Scout logo in its promotional materials. As a result, it was decided that the 149th Unit would be completely disbanded.

GSUSA CEO Bonnie Barchkowski addressed the controversy after receiving a letter from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) demanding an investigation into what happened.

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A Girl Scout troupe in Missouri has disbanded after the organization cracked down on a pro-Palestinian bracelet fundraiser. (Screenshot/first alarm 4)

“I am disappointed and disheartened by recent events. I sincerely regret any hurt caused,” Barchikowski said Tuesday, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “GSUSA will work with our partners in Council to review this incident and make any necessary adjustments to prevent this from happening in the future. I realize that I missed out.”

According to a report on Monday, first alarm 4Girl Scout Troop 149 was comprised of eight 10-year-old girls whose families immigrated to the United States from various parts of the Middle East.

“In times of crisis, humanitarian crisis, it seemed like common sense not to sell cookies,” Palestinian unit leader Nawal Abuhamde told First Alert 4. So the girls began selling bracelets that spelled out “Palestine” or “Gaza.” Both feature the colors of the Palestinian flag and cost $5.

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The fundraiser began to garner national attention. Abuhamde told First Alert 4 that his unit has orders all over the country, from New York and California to Washington, D.C., and Texas.According to the unit’s Instagram pageRep. Cori Bush, D-Missouri, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, wore bracelets.

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Representatives Cori Bush, D-Missouri, and Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, were among the high-profile customers who wore Girl Scout Troop 149 bracelets. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu via Getty Images)

But Abuhamde was surprised when the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri targeted her fundraiser and issued legal threats.

“It was shocking. I was scared at first,” Abuhamde said. “This wasn’t political or partisan. We just wanted to help people in need.”

A spokesperson for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri told First Alert 4 that fundraising efforts for the Girl Scouts are generally restricted unless “extraordinary circumstances” lift the restrictions. It added that related fundraising activities were temporarily allowed from October to October. .10 and January 10th.

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As a result of tensions at the local council, the Girl Scouts unanimously decided to withdraw from the group, but the girls will continue to meet regularly.

“So we decided it was in our best interest to disband,” Abuhamde said. “We will continue to learn new skills, build character, and participate in community service activities.”

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Nawal Abuhamdeh, a parent and leader of Girl Scout Troop 149, spoke out against the Girl Scouts of East Missouri over its suppression of pro-Palestinian fundraising efforts. (Screenshot/first alarm 4)


The troop has already sold more than $4,000 worth of bracelets and expects to sell more than $10,000, according to First Alert 4, asking customers to “be patient” while the girls continue making the bracelets. Ta.

Neither the National Organization of Girl Scouts nor the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri responded to Fox News Digital’s requests for comment.