Fighting Within the Ranks

by | Jan 5, 2021


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The Girl Scouts are fighting a turf war with troops that, until recently, banned them from their ranks.

The Girl Scouts are suing the Boy Scouts, accusing them of recruiting without making it clear who they are recruiting for. The confusion, the lawsuit states, led to girls accidentally joining the Boy Scouts. 

It started in 2018 when the Boy Scouts announced it would let girls join their ranks. It made that decision after years of requests from families who wanted their sons and daughters to participate in its character and leadership programs. Parents of daughters also wanted them to have the chance to become Eagle Scouts. 

But a new recruiting plan did not sit well with the Girl Scouts. So they sued, saying Boy Scouts are targeting girls and their parents with marketing messages they have never used before. And children are ending up in the wrong troop. 

That includes only using the term “Scout” without clarifying the group and using pictures of Girl Scouts to promote their activities. 

Looks like they might have missed the merit badge for getting along.

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