The Girl Scouts on Thursday condemned the Boy Scouts' decision to admit girls into its Cub Scouts program, and said the Boy Scouts should instead be focusing on sexual assault and other problems that have plagued the organization.
"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," a spokesperson for the Girl Scouts told ABC News.
The Girl Scouts said the move is only meant to counter declining membership, but Boy Scouts CEO Michael Surbaugh insisted Wednesday it was based on requests from parents of boys and girls.
"This decision is true to BSA's mission and core values outlined in the Scout Oath and Law. The values of Scouting — trustworthy, loyal, helpful, kind, brave and reverent, for example — are important for both young men and women," Surbaugh said in a statement.
"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children. We strive to bring what our organization does best – developing character and leadership for young people – to as many families and youth as possible as we help shape the next generation of leaders," he added.
The boys' board voted unanimously on the measure and will begin allowing girls into the program next year.