Transcript for Are the Boy Scouts trying to recruit girls away from the Girl Scouts?
Now to our "Gma" cover story, that feud that's brewing between the girl scouts and the boy scouts. The girl scouts' president writing a letter accusing the boy scouts of covertly trying to recruit girls to boost their declining membership and ABC's Adrienne Bankert is back with more on that story. Good morning, Adrienne. Yes, Amy, a lot talking about this. Good morning. Both the boy and girl scouts have lost a third of their membership since the early 2000s and with increased power for inclusivity there's a debate over how they might need to change. This morning, a battle of the sexes and the scouts and whether the boy scouts of America should be recruiting girls. Do you think it should be coed? Not exactly. I feel like girls just sometimes want to be like only girls instead of together. Reporter: The 107-year-old organization tells ABC news based on numerous reyess from families woo I've been exploring the benefits of bringing scouting to every member of the family, boys and girls. Partly it says to accommodate busy schedules. We talked to a lot of families who would love to drop their kids off at one activity and not shoot one here and one there. Reporter: The recruiting efforts outraging the girls scouts usa writing in a letter to boy scout officials it is unsetting that bsa would seek to upend a paradigm that's served both boys and girls so well through the years by moving forward with a plan that would result in fundamentally undercutting girl scouts. I think it's fine. I mean like you should probably change the name. Reporter: 16-year-old Sydney Ireland hopes they change soon. She's been fighting for years to be an official boy scout as an honorary member of her brother's troop. Over 3 million people have watched her passionate appeal on Facebook. I think that girls should have the opportunity to join either program. Reporter: Meanwhile, parents have a lot to think about. There's a sense of comfort if you see your kid off to camp and it's all boys and girls you don't have to worry about a lot of other factors when they're preteen. A lot of other factors ieed and boy scouts said no decisions have been made to become coed and both stand by the benefit of single gender programs. We have here with us the author of "Enough as she is" an educator at an all girls school in New York City so there are people that think why not have scouts of America. Why do we have to delineate boys and girls? Where do you stand on the importance of having some sort of single sex organization? Yeah, I think as an educator we see all the time the importance of girls being with girls and I think my colleagues in boys schools would say the same thing. Not so much that they're different but get messages from society about how to act and when girls are around boys and vice versa those messages get louder and often really toxic messages that prevent kids from being themselves. What about boys? The benefits of them just being boys and not having girls in the group. Yeah, I mean I think what happens boys are under pressure from society to be tough and repress feelings and when glirs show up they want to perform a bit more. Girls get that message don't rock the boat and don't speak up. When you talk to girls they might say I might not speak up when a boy is around so we need to preserve those spaces for kids that are quiet away from those messages. Some who say women have been fighting for generations to be let into groups that have been exclusively for men or for boys and some girls who want to break that gender barrier by being a part of the boy scouts in this case, so is there an argument on that level that boy scouts could or should be coed? Honestly if girls want to be part of scouts I think they should be given that option. I don't think this story is about that. I don't think girls are saying I want to be like the boys or even with the boys. I think they are saying I want some of the programs boys get and boy scouts might be thinking about the programs they're giving to all their boys. Ultimately this is about are the boy scouts and girl scouts speaking to every kid. It is also fair to note we're not seeing boys try to get into the girl scouts because boys are okay to be tomboys but it's not reseriesed. We don't give them permission to do steer tippial things and I
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