The Girls Scouts of America is accusing the Boy Scouts of America of secretly trying to recruit girls.
Girl Scouts President Kathy Hopinkah Hannan wrote a letter to Boy Scouts President Randall Stephenson. In it, Hannan said her organization was upset to learn that the Boy Scouts were talking to young parents about creating programs for their daughters.
We were disappointed in the lack of transparency as we learned that you are... testing the appeal of a girls' offering to millennial parents, she wrote.
Hannan also said in her letter that she thought the Boy Scouts were being dishonest about being only for boys. Instead, she said, the Boy Scouts are creating a model for both boys and girls.
Membership in the Girl Scouts and the Boy Scouts has declined in recent years. Both organizations have lost more than 1 million members from their highest rates.
In answer, top leaders met this month to discuss working together.
However, Hannan wrote that she believed the Boy Scouts had already started to create coed programs that would damage the Girl Scouts.
The letter was first reported by BuzzFeed News.
The Boy Scouts confirmed in a statement to The Washington Post that it is considering including girls in its organization. However, the organization said it is not doing so to increase its numbers. Instead, it is responding to requests from families who want their daughters to be a part of the same organization as their sons.
The Boy Scouts of America believes in the benefit of single-gender programs, said Effie Delimarkos, director of national communications for the Boy Scouts, in a statement.
But, she added, many boys and girls are not in either the Boy Scouts or the Girl Scouts. So, Delimarkos wrote, the Boy Scouts are trying to help families by creating programs that fit into their busy lives.
The programs aim to deliver character development and values-based leadership training, Delimarkos said.
Some women outside the Girl Scouts have asked the Boy Scouts to include girls.
In February, after the Boy Scouts announced it would admit transgender children in its programs, the National Organization for Women (NOW) praised the group. It asked the Boy Scouts to honor its promise to "help all children by permitting girls to gain full membership."
NOW said it was inspired by the efforts of a 15-year-old New York City girl, Sydney Ireland, to act like her older brother, who is an Eagle Scout.
Unlike the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts have continued to allow only girls in their programs. They say empowering girls is their most important purpose.
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1.The Girls Scouts of America is accusing the Boy Scouts of America of secretly trying to recruit girls.
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2.However, Hannan wrote that she believed the Boy Scouts had already started to create coed programs
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女童子军负责人凯西 汉南向男童子军负责人兰德尔 斯蒂芬森写了一封信 。信中，汉南表示，她的女童子军听闻男童子军游说年轻的父母，说要为他们的女儿们创建多个项目 。对此，女童子军非常震惊 。
汉南还在信中说道，她过去一直以为男童子军诚恳做事，只招收男生 。她说，然而男童子军现在却是男女兼收 。
无论是女童子军还是男童子军，其生源近年来都有所下滑 。两个组织的生源数量与其最高纪录相比下降了100多万 。
男童子军在一份递交给《华盛顿邮报》的声明中确认表示其正在考虑在其组织内招募女孩 。不过，男童子军也同时表示，这样做的目的并非增加生源数量，让这些想让自己的女儿参加与类似男童子军的家庭实现愿望 。
但她补充道，很多男生和女生既不在男童子军，也不在女童子军 。她写道，所以，男童子军正在努力帮助一些家庭，途径就是创设一些项目，来与他们忙碌的生活相契合 。
今年2月，男童子军宣布其允许变性人加入其项目后，全国妇女组织(NOW)赞扬了男童子军 。全国妇女组织请男童子军兑现其承诺，“通过允许女孩加入男童子军的方式来帮助所有孩子 。”
女童子军不像男童子军一样，她们一直都只招募女生参加项目 。她们表示，让女孩们强大起来是他们最重要的目标 。
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