FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2012 file photo, a Girl Scout, wearing her vest covered in badges, sells a box of cookies to Paa Yang, left, a neighbor in Minneapolis. Long a lightning rod for conservative criticism, the Girl Scouts of the USA are now facing their highest-level challenge yet: An official inquiry by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At issue are concerns about program materials that some Catholics find offensive, as well as assertions that the Scouts associate with other groups espousing stances that conflict with church teaching. The Scouts, who have numerous parish-sponsored troops, deny many of the claims and defend their alliances. But there's frustration within the iconic youth organization - known for its inclusiveness and cookie sales - that it has become such an ideological target, with the girls sometimes caught in the political crossfire. (AP Photo/The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Scott Takushi)