(Sc)out of sorts over co-ed plan

Girls’ org. slams BSA

New York Post - - NEWS - By TAMAR LAPIN tlapin@ny­post.com

It’s a bat­tle of the Scouts. The Girl Scouts of the USA on Thurs­day blasted the Boy Scouts of Amer­ica’s de­ci­sion to be­gin al­low­ing girls to join their ranks. anks.

“The Boy Scouts’ house­use is on fire,” the Girl Scoutss told ABC News in a sta­tee­ment.

“In­stead of ad­dress­ing sys­temic is­sues of con­tin­u­ing sex­ual as­sault, fi­nan­cial mis- man­age­ment and de­fi­fi­cient pro­gram­ming, BSA’sSA’s se-se­nior man­age­ment wantsntsnnts to add an ac­cel­er­ant to the house­ouse fire by re­cruit­ing girls.”

The crit­i­cism comess a day af­ter the Boy Scouts an-an­nounced its board’s unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to al­low girls to join the Cub Scouts start- ing next year, and to es­stab­lish a pro­gram for­for older girls in 2019.

The Girl Scouts saidd they were not made aware of the pol-pol­icy change prior to it­sts an­nounce-an­nounce­ment, a me­dia rep­re­sen­ta­tive said.

Dis­cord between the or­ga­ni­za­tions has been brew­ing since Au­gust, when Girl Scouts Pres­i­dent Kathy Hopinkah Hannan sent a scathing let­ter to the Boy Scouts for- mally re­quest­ing that they stop their “covert cam­paign to re­cruit girls,” call­ing it “reck­less” and “un­set­tling.” “We are con­fused as to why, rather than work­ing to ap­peal to the 90 per­cent of boys who are not in­volved­volved in BSA pro­grams, you would cchoose to tar­get girls,” Han­naHan­nan wrote. BBoy Scout mem­bers­ship has plum­meted by a third since 2000 to just more than 2 mil­lion as of 2016, and the llet­ter sug­gested the gr­group was us­ing pro­posed­posed ggirls’ pro­grams to bol­ster­ster “decde­clin­ing mem­ber­ship.” On Wed­nWed­nes­day, the Girl Scouts seemed to rre­spond to the BSA de­ci­sion­ci­sion witwith a blog post cit­ing the pow­power of the “sin­gle-gen­der en­vi­ron­ment.” “Girl Scouts is the best girl lead­er­ship orgga­ni­za­tion in the world, cr­cre­ated with and for girls­girls,” the or­ga­ni­za­tion wrotewrote. “We are the girl ex­perts,perts, and for more than a cen­tury wwe have pro­vided mil­lion­slions of girls op­por­tu­ni­ties for ad­ven­ture, in­spi­ra­tion and valu­able men­tor­ing.” The Girl Scouts or­ga­ni­za­tion has a mem­ber­ship of 1.8 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to its Web site.

Kate McKin­non looks ev­ery bit the boss as a glam ring­mas­ter in an An­nie Lei­bovitz photo shoot for Van­ity Fair’s Novem­ber is­sue. But, hey, she’s had a lot of prac­tice lately. “I love do­ing im­pres­sions of politi­cians,” says SNL’s Hil­lary Clin­ton. “The task is al­ways to imag­ine the pri­vate lives of th­ese peo­ple whose job it is to project an im­age of staunch, un­flinch­ing lead­er­ship.”


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