In recent years the Boy Scouts have attempted to counter declining membership numbers in a variety of ways, but admitting girls was not usually part of the discussion... until this morning.
16-year-old Sydney Ireland has been fighting for years to be an official member of her brother's Boy Scout Troop. "I think girls should have the opportunity to join either program".
Now, her wish will come true, but the Girl Scouts are saying, "not so fast". In a strongly worded statement, they condemn the scouts' move to include girls telling 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 generate half of their annual revenue needs through those famous cookie sales, selling 200 million boxes a year, which generates almost a billion dollars in sales. No word of the scouts will attempt to own cookie franchise.
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