The Girl Scouts of the USA has issued a blistering rebuke of the Boy Scouts of America’s decision to begin letting girls into the ranks of its troops.
“The Boy Scouts’ house is on fire,” Girl Scouts told ABC News in a statement today. “Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA’s senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls.”
The criticism comes after the Boy Scouts of America said Wednesday it will allow girls to join the ranks of its Cub Scout program, as well as create a Scouting program for older girls.
The Boy Scouts’ program for older girls would allow them to reach the highest rank of Eagle Scout. It is expected to be formally announced next year and is projected to be available in 2019, the organization said.
The Girl Scouts appeared to respond Wednesday to the Boy Scouts’ decision with a blog post citing what it said is the power of the “single-gender environment.”
— Girl Scouts (@girlscouts) October 11, 2017
“Girl Scouts is the best girl leadership organization in the world, created with and for girls,” the organization wrote in the post. “We believe strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a free space for girls to learn and thrive.”
It continued, “The benefit of the single-gender environment has been well-documented by educators, scholars, other girl- and youth-serving organizations, and Girl Scouts and their families. Girl Scouts offers a one-of-a-kind experience for girls with a program tailored specifically to their unique developmental needs.”
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SOURCE: ABC News, Katie Kindelan