In what seems to be a grand revival of an age-old rivalry between Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. has just lambasted alleged efforts by the Boy Scouts to covertly recruit girls into their organization.
GSUSA is accusing the Boy Scouts of America of secretly trying to lure girls into joining the latter’s organization while attempting to disparage the girls’ organization at the same time.
According to the girls, the move made by the boys were allegedly in spite of a previous consensus to launch joint efforts into addressing the continuous decline in membership for both organizations. Due to the boys’ alleged violation of the said agreement, the girls no longer wish to honor it as well.
GSUSA President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan formally expressed her disappointment in a letter addressed to the Boy Scouts of America President Randall Stephenson, where she criticized the efforts being done by the boys in an attempt to increase their membership.
“I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90 percent of American boys not currently participating in Boy Scouts … and not consider expanding to recruit girls,” Hopinkah Hannan wrote in her letter.
“Despite offering to engage in a constructive, collaborative sharing process, we were disappointed in the lack of transparency as we learned that you are surreptitiously testing the appeal of a girls’ offering to millennial parents,” she added.
The GSUSA president pointed out what she felt was ‘damaging’ efforts being exerted by members of the Boy Scouts of America, who, through their spokesperson — who is, in fact, a woman — admitted that they have been recruiting girls into the organization, but insisted that this practice has been going on for decades.
BSA Spokeswoman Effie Delimarkos said in a statement addressed to the media Wednesday that the Boy Scouts were disheartened by the girls’ decisions to pull away from the possibility of the two organizations working together.
Hopinkah Hannan, on the other hand, urged the BSA president to condemn alleged efforts by Boy Scouts recruiters to disparage the Girl Scouts. She called out supposed “aggressive posturing” by the boys. In her letter, she wrote:
“This includes everything from disparaging and untrue remarks about Girl Scout programming, to subtle implications about the weakness of Girl Scouts’ long term market strength. I implore you to condemn this behavior within your organization and to create consequences for these actions.”
Delimarkos asserted that there is no truth to these claims, however.
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