An already heated recruitment war between the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts escalated this week after the latter group drastically reduced its age requirement and began recruiting 8-month-olds. Before the updated policy, new scouts had to be at least 10 years old to join, which is more than 9 years older than the previous requirement.
The decision has bolstered what the Girl Scouts have already been calling “unfair recruitment practices,” as the Boy Scouts previously opened the organization to children of all genders.
“It’s a shady and despicable ploy to take over the scout market,” said Judith Batty, Interim CEO for the Girl Scouts. “This is the perfect example of inclusivity gone wrong. I mean, come on, how is an 8-month-old going to participate in scout activities?”
The Boy Scouts argue that there are plenty of activities for 8-month-olds to get involved in, especially baby girls. For example, a spokesman for the Boy Scouts explained, infant girls can roll around in the dirt while also providing moral support to older children who are tasked with setting up tents and building campfires.
A growing number of critics say they aren’t buying the explanation. Consequently, the federal government is now investigating the Boy Scouts for a range of antitrust violations.