The Girl Scouts Are Accusing The Boy Scouts Of Secretly Recruiting Girls


(Source)- The Girl Scouts of the USA have accused Boy Scouts of America of carrying out a “covert campaign to recruit girls into programs run by the Boy Scouts” in hopes of appealing to millennial parents and bolstering their declining membership, according to a letter they sent the Boy Scouts board on Monday.

The strongly worded letter — obtained by BuzzFeed News — alleged that BSA was “surreptitiously testing the appeal of a girls’ offering to millennial parents.” It also accused BSA leaders of making “disparaging and untrue remarks” about Girl Scout programming at “family meetings” outlining their proposed programs for girls.

A Girl Scouts spokesperson confirmed that Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, GSUSA’s national president sent the letter to BSA’s national president, Randall Stephenson, and the entire BSA board. “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 and talk about the implications,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News on Tuesday. “It’s a potentially dangerous and bad idea,” the spokesperson said, citing research supporting “single gender programming” which says that girls learn best in an all-girls environment when it comes to scouting.

A BSA spokesperson told BuzzFeed News that no decisions had been made regarding the girls programs and that no such programs had been implemented so far. The spokesperson said that they had received “strong interest” from families about the possibilities of girls programs and that it was a topic they were looking into.

There’s a war going outside no man is safe from. It don’t matter if you 3 feet or 8’1″. I always thought that there was an unspoken truce and respect between the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts. They both had monopolies on an industry that made its bones thank to parents looking to get their shitty kids to get out of the house for a while. As long as everyone operated in their own lane, there was money to be made on both sides. But it sounds like the Boy Scouts broke that truce by pulling recruiting moves that would make John Calipari proud. And you know what? I LOVE it. By striking first, the Boy Scouts get the upper-hand on the narrative. Oh the Girl Scouts don’t think that girls should be allowed to join the Boy Scouts?!? Who the fuck are THEY to assume a child’s scout gender? The Boy Scouts are simply going after millennial parents. And as KMarko taught us yesterday, the Millennial Dollar is the hardest thing in the world to come by. It’s like a fucking unicorn. So saying you are going after millennials basically allows you to pull whatever tactics you would like, including recruiting girls for the boy scouts. Whoever dropped the M word to this reporter deserves a Guerrilla Warfare patch for their boy scout suit.

However if I am a young girl, I am thinking long and hard before I decide to join the Boy Scouts. I did four years in the Cub Scouts and there really wasn’t a ton of highlights from what I remember. You had the Pinewood Derby, which was basically just a contest for which parent could make the fastest wooden car while also trying to pass off that their son, who never picked up a hammer in his life, made it. You learned how to tie knots. That was real handy in life. And mayyyyybe you went on a camping trip, which sucked back in the 90s. I can only imagine what it’s like in 2017 with all the awesome shit you can do inside your house. Back when I was a kid, you were leaving a video game system and some toys. Now you are leaving Wifi and probably your phone since the campground is likely in the middle of nowhere. You are basically going back in time to the 90s, which for as great as they were culturally, SUCK compared to now technologically.

Meanwhile the Girl Scouts get to sling the number 1 product in the scouting game: Girl Scout cookies. Don’t get me wrong, Girl Scout cookies are basically the worst way to teach kids about business. You are selling a product that everyone with taste buds knows and loves. Hearing that a family member or kid of a friend is selling Girl Scout cookies is always met with a not so subtle fist pump. But that’s not how business works. You have to scrap and claw and fight off homeless people giving out newspapers to build your company brick by brick. But you know what I sold when I was a Cub Scout? Random home supplies for a store that I think was called Tom Cat. I would have given anything to get out of bothering my neighbors like a Jehovah’s Witness so I could push $10 pencil sharpeners and $5 sponges in order to become a Webelo. In fact, what the fuck is a Webelo?


Oh Jesus, that is the lamest thing I’ve ever heard. The Boy Scouts really do need all the help they can get. I heard they started selling popcorn, which while a tasty treat, still doesn’t hold a candle to a good Samoa. First you get the girls, then you get the Girl Scout cookies, THEN you get the money.