For the first time in nearly a decade, Girl Scouts of the USA is putting the manufacture of its uniforms out to competitive bid. News of this led to reports that the uniforms might soon be manufactured overseas, and over the last few days, Girl Scouts of the USA has been contacted by parents, members, and volunteers urging the agency to make sure that the iconic Girl Scout uniform continues to be made in the USA.
Sara Nettleingham, community development manager at Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, Salina, said GSUSA has taken public concerns into consideration, and has altered its request for proposal to require that Girl Scout uniforms be manufactured in the United States. GSUSA’s vendor review process continues, with the new requirement, in order to provide customers with the best quality, value and service, she said. As always, vendors are required to agree to adhere to strict guidelines as to worker age, treatment and safety.
"We thank the many Girl Scout parents and volunteers who stood up for their beliefs and showed our 2.4 million girls that every voice makes a difference," said Michelle Tompkins, GSUSA spokeswoman. "They are the role models who help build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."
For more information about Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland, visit kansasgirlscouts.org.