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The Girl Scouts garnered little sympathy from critics, bloggers and the press in the aftermath. In an editorial, Woman’s Day magazine, for example, was pro-Wild in no uncertain terms.

“Not only did her video sales pitch display a sense of creativity and salesmanship, it proved her independence. That it was banned for its possibility of robbing the other Girl Scouts of a fair chance makes sense, but it also sort of suggests a fear of the unknown,” the magazine said Friday.

Even the New York Times chimed in, offering a lengthy argument over whether subjecting Girl Scouts to outdoor cookie sales in nasty weather was more hazardous than online sales.

Approaching the organization’s centennial anniversary, the Girl Scouts have struggled for more than two decades to update their image without offending those who revere the traditions of virtue and service.

Changes in the uniform, increased attention to feminist ideas and a foray into morality irked many Americans who hoped the organization could remain free of modern entanglements. A 1990 survey of Girl Scouts that included girls’ views on sex, drugs, alcohol and abortion was particularly controversial.

The group has found a happy medium during Girl Scout Week — which ends Saturday and marks the Girl Scouts’ 97th birthday. Young ladies around the nation have been asked to wear pearls — yes, classic white pearls — to honor founder Juliette Gordon Low, who pawned her pearls in 1912 to fund the fledgling organization.

Still, the Girl Scouts are very clear when it comes to their Internet policies, offering a special “Be Prepared” pledge to girls to avoid risky behavior when they are online.

“I will not give out personal information,” the pledge states. “I will tell an adult right away if I come across any information that makes me feel uncomfortable.”