Girl Scouts accuse Boy Scouts of trying to steal away recruits

The Boy Scouts are allegedly trying to get girls to sign up with them instead of their female counterpart.

The Girls Scouts of America accused the Boy Scouts of a "covert campaign to recruit girls into programs run by the Boy Scouts," in a strongly worded letter. The document, sent on Monday and obtained by BuzzFeed, states that it is the belief of the Girl Scouts that the male organization is trying to get girls to sign up with them to boost their severely declining numbers and in order to appeal to the kids' millennial parents.

"Through various means we have learned that BSA is very seriously considering opening their programs to girls and we have made repeated efforts to engage with them ad talk about the implications,” a GSUSA spokesperson told the news site. "It's a potentially dangerous and bad idea."

RELATED: A look at the recent Boy Scout rally

12 PHOTOS
President Trump speaks at Boy Scouts rally
See Gallery
President Trump speaks at Boy Scouts rally
Boy Scouts listen as US President Donald Trump speaks during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Donald Trump waves after speaking to Boy Scouts during the National Boy Scout Jamboree at Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve in Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 24, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: (L-R) Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, and HHS Secretary Tom Price walk to Marine One to depart with U.S. President Donald Trump from the White House on July 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump is traveling to Beaver, West Virginia where is will speak to Boy Scouts at the at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U.S. President Donald Trump waves after delivering remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump reacts as he delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia , U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump arrives to delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
U.S. President Donald Trump (2nd R) delivers remarks at the 2017 National Scout Jamboree in Summit Bechtel National Scout Reserve, West Virginia, U.S., July 24, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Neither the letter or the GSUSA spokesperson said what programs the BSA is accused of proposing to young girls but the note, written by Girl Scouts' national president Kathy Hannan, did say that that BSA was "surreptitiously testing the appeal of a girls' offering to millennial parents."

 

"It is inherently dishonest to claim to be a single-gender organization while simultaneously endeavoring upon a coed model," Hannan wrote. "We are confused as to why, rather than working to appeal to the 90 percent of boys who are not involved in BSA programs, you would choose to target girls."

The Girl Scouts president went on to say that it was their assumption that the Boy Scouts were recruiting girls because enlistment is so low and young women could potentially bolster the boys' "declining membership."

A BSA spokesperson responded to the GSUSA's accusations to BuzzFeed, as well, saying that no decisions have been finalized in regard to bringing girls on board.

"Based on numerous requests from families, the Boy Scouts has been exploring the benefits of bringing Scouting to every member of the family - boys and girls," spokesperson Effie Delimarkos said in a statement. "No decisions have been made."

 

"After months of trying to engage leadership from the Girl Scouts organization, BSA leadership spoke with GS leadership earlier this month to identify potential areas of opportunities for alignment in the future," Delimarkos said.

Girl Scout president Hannan's letter had a suggestion for the Boy Scouts in lieu of any cross-recruiting or future alignments.

"Rather than seeking to fundamentally transform BSA into a co-ed program," she wrote, "we believe strongly that Boy Scouts should instead take steps to ensure that they are expanding the scope of their programming to all boys, including those who BSA has historically underserved and underrepresented, such as African American and Latino boys."

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.