Dear GSEP Family,
As you may be aware, today the Boy Scouts of America publicly announced that they will accept girls into the Cub Scout program and will offer expanded opportunities for older girls. Girl Scouts was prepared for this announcement, as we have known for some time that the Boy Scouts are actively recruiting girls and their families for the current membership year. In fact, we have discussed this issue as a council at many recent volunteer events. Rest assured, this change does not impact who we are and what we do.
Our Girl Scout Leadership Experience is based on time-tested methods (more than 105 years to be exact) and research-backed programming that helps girls take the lead--in their own lives and in the world. The inclusive, girl-led, all-female environment of Girl Scouts creates a safe space in which girls can speak confidently, stand tall, take a risk, and become the leaders they're meant to be.
We know that you know the value of Girl Scouting. And together - as staff, volunteers, alumnae, and families - we will continue to offer positive experiences and unparalleled opportunities for girls across our council. We're strong, we're confident in the value of our program, and we're poised to grow. We've got this... thanks to all of you.
GSEP will continue to share any updates about this news as it becomes available, and we are in contact with the local media to provide the Girl Scouts response. If you receive questions or inquiries from the media, please direct them to contact Jenn Richards, VP of Member Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your hard work, and helping us to provide an inclusive environment, dedicated to developing our region's girl leaders. Let's use this as an opportunity to spread the word and show the world the power of Girl Scouts.
Kim E. Fraites-Dow