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GSLE Statement on Girl Scouting and Boy Scouting Programs


Girl Scouts is the organization creating our nation’s female leadership pipeline. No other organization can provide the data-backed, time-tested programs designed to meet the unique needs and specific interests of girls, including the way they learn best.

While it appears that the Boy Scouts of America have decided to offer their Cub Scout program to girls, we know that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world, created specifically with and for girls. This inclusive, all-girl space empowers them to take the lead in all aspects of their lives. Boys will not be invited to join Girl Scout programs.

  • Only Girl Scouts brings the expertise, programming, and legacy of success necessary to help girls reach their full potential.

  • The girl-only, girl-defined, and girl-led aspects of Girl Scouts are crucial to what we offer, because not all girls have access to single-gender environments in other parts of their lives.
  • At Girl Scouts, girls find a safe haven – a girl-inclusive space where they’re free to be themselves without the pressures and social anxiety that can result from a mixed-gender environment.  This safe space offered by Girl Scouts fosters collaboration instead of competition, and promotes support among girls, enabling them to stretch beyond their limits and transfer valuable knowledge and skills to any environment, both now and in the future.

 “Research supports our premise that many girls learn best in an all-girl, girl-led and girl-friendly environment where their specific interests and needs are met," says Andrea Bastiani Archibald, Ph.D., Chief Girl Expert at GSUSA. “It’s unfortunate that some people still consider belonging to a male membership organization superior to belonging to a female one.”

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Boy Scouts of America (BSA) are separate organizations developed to meet various developmental and leadership needs of girls and boys, respectively.