Girl Scouts of Western New York’s Statement in Response to BSA Announcement
WESTERN NEW YORK (October 12, 2017) – Yesterday afternoon, through a press release on their website, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced they would be accepting girls into their membership starting in their 2018 program year. While we support girls and their families having a variety of options and activities, we vehemently oppose this decision and stand firm knowing that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world and will remain a separate organization from BSA.
This is not the first time Boy Scouts has pursued the girl market in an attempt to bolster its membership. BSA’s declining membership has been well-documented, as well as other significant challenges it faces.
For more than 100 years, Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America have worked in a respectful and complementary manner, and we have been mutually supportive of each other’s mission to serve our country’s youth. However, Boy Scouts has been historically slow to adapt to changing cultural norms, which has hurt its standing within various communities across the United States. From coast to coast and inner city to rural plain, there are millions of boys in need of motivation, guidance, and leader...