The Girl Scouts blasted The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) in a statement Wednesday, hours after the BSA announced that it would be accepting girls into the organization’s ranks.
“We learned about this through different channels but never directly from BSA leadership. We’ve had competitors come and go and this is yet another competitor. We’re disappointed in the way BSA handled this,” Lisa Margosian, Chief Customer Officer for Girl Scouts, told BuzzFeed reporter Tasneem Nashrulla in a statement.
The BSA will now allow girls to join its well-known Cub Scout program, which will enable girls to advance to the highest rank of Eagle Scout. (RELATED: Boy Scouts Of America Is Now Allowing Girls To Join)
The Girl Scouts chief customer officer said the BSA’s decision was strictly based on the fact that its organization had declining membership numbers, and said she wished the BSA’s leadership would have discussed their decision with the Girl Scouts before making their announcement Wednesday.
“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.’ This is a direct response to boost their declining membership,” Margosian continued. At this point we’re just about reminding people that we have an expertise in serving girls that the Boy Scouts just don’t have,” Margosian continued in the statement.
The BSA’s board of directors voted unanimously to make the historic change to the group that has been for boys only since its founding more than a century ago.
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