Girl Scouts: Boy Scouts' house is on fire

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Girl Scouts respond to Boy Scouts change. ABC News report on October 12, 2017. (WPVI)

In recent years, the Boy Scouts of America have attempted to counter declining membership numbers in a variety of ways, but admitting girls was not usually part of the discussion.

But on Wednesday, the Scouts announced plans to admit girls starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls.
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In historic change, Boy Scouts to let girls in some programs: Jim Gardner reports on Action News at 11 p.m., October 11, 2017



Sixteen-year-old Sydney Ireland is among those celebrating the announcement that girls will be allowed to join the Boy Scouts.

She's been fighting for years to be an official member of her brother's troop.

"I think girls should have the opportunity to join either program," Ireland said.

But leaders of the Girl Scouts are outraged.

In a strongly worded statement, they condemn the Boy Scouts move to include girls.

They tell ABC News: "The Boy Scouts' house is on fire. Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls."

The Girl Scouts create half of their annual revenue needs through those famous cookies; they sell 200 million boxes a year which generate almost a billion dollars in sales.

There is no word if the Boy Scouts will attempt their own cookie franchise.

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