The religion factor probably varies depending on what state you're in. In very religious states,\ its likely that most of the leaders are also very religious, so religion is more likely to be snuck into the agenda.
Our daughter has been in GS in Colorado (two separate troops) and Oregon. Each of them had differing views on using the text in their pledge, but all agreed that adherence wasn't strictly required. No proselytizing took place, especially notable as my wife was a troop leader for a time and had some religious kids in her troop. In all, the girls (by my observation) were welcomed in spite of what their beliefs said. I recall discussions of religion were put off for "the Parents" to hold, not the troop.
My daughter is not sold on the idea of staying in or completing many of the projects in spite of the long term benefits of Scouting or earning a Gold Award (supposed to equal the Eagle Scout level), but that's a discussion between a Parent and a Teenager. erf.
If you're looking for a reasonable long-term activity, GS isn't bad, but they won't change the pledge. Look into Camp Quest, there's probably one near enough for you to carpool with another parent. Also, we got into target archery a couple of years ago, lotsa fun for the family!
Thanks for being the control in this group. I hear you. If I was looking for a group for myself, I'd skip on the scouts.
As a Mom, I'm thinking I need to give my little girl the chance to "make nice" with a diverse peer group and to learn how she feels. I get frustrated at the lack of non-religious youth activities, too (they even have the community sports teams).
I attended church camps and was even a counselor one year... Odd that they didn't ask me back :) I survived and am stronger for the experience - I think I might just owe my daughter similar opportunities.
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.
The Promise is often recited at Girl Scout troop meetings while holding up the three middle fingers of the right hand, which forms the Girl Scout sign. Girl Scout policy states that the word "God" may be interpreted depending on individual spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, "God" may be substituted with the word dictated by those beliefs. The Girl Scout Motto is "Be Prepared."
I think we're headed this direction. Thank You :) I plan on being pretty involved and hope to catch any problems while they are small.
I searched on facebook for our chapter and found a local troop leader. She seemed quirky and educated. That she would support and advertise her pro-choice stance is very encouraging. If she is typical of the local group, we will be just fine!
Thanks everyone for the responses! My daughter has herself all spun-up and committed to the idea already, my husband was sold from the word "cookie". I'm mostly just excited about all the corny photo-ops and seeing my firstborn in khakis :)
Wish us luck