On Wednesday, the Boy Scouts of America announced girls will be able to join the program and will be allowed to go through the process of obtaining the rank of Eagle Scout. The announcement of the decision was met with heavy criticism.
Now its sister organization, the Girl Scouts of the USA, have weighed in on the decision, and the Boy Scouts are not going to like what they have to say.
“We’ve had wind that this was in the works and we were somewhat surprised that this was a unanimous decision [by the BSA board],” Chief Customer Officer for Girl Scouts Lisa Margosian told BuzzFeed News. “We’ve had competitors come and go and this is yet another competitor.”
“We’re disappointed in the way the BSA handled this,” Margosian further stated. “We’ve enjoyed a strong relationship and partnership with them over the years and we’re disappointed that the BSA didn’t discuss this with us to say ‘we’re having trouble with our membership.'”
Margosian then went below the proverbial handkerchief: “This is a direct response to boost their declining membership.”
The BSA said this was a “historic decision” that was made after years of being asked by girls to join and surveying former and current members.
“This decision is true to the BSA’s mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting – trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example – are important for both young men and women,” said Michael Surbaugh, the BSA’s chief scout executive.
“We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children,” Surbaugh added. “We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders.”