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South Carolina Girl Scout leader: 'We are not competing with the Boy Scouts'

A South Carolina Girl Scout leader says the organization will always be exclusively for girls, amid a Boy Scout announcement welcoming boys to the organization. (Taggart Houck/WPDE)

Girl Scouts of the USA fired back, responding Wednesday night to the Boy Scouts' announcement that they would allow girls into their organization by 2018.

In a statement to ABC News, the Girl Scouts said, in part, "The Boy Scouts' house is on fire." The statement goes on to read, "Instead of addressing systemic issues of continuing sexual assault, financial mismanagement and deficient programming, BSA's senior management wants to add an accelerant to the house fire by recruiting girls."

They also typed a blog outlining their mission.

National Girl Scouts leaders took to social media, posting the tweet below, saying they are the best girl leadership organization in the world.

Back in our area, the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern South Carolina, Loretta Graham, said she isn't worried.

"We are not competing with the boy scouts," she said.

She says last year's numbers hit record highs.

"We are strong enough to stand up on our own and we have our girl-led programs, and our success and our statistics are proven for that."

Ceil Whitney spent 18 years with the Girl Scout organization--first as a Girl Scout and, after that, a troop leader.

"The Boy Scouts should be for the boys and the Girl Scouts should be for the girls," she said.

She's one of many around the county who isn't happy with the change.

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"There is a time and a place for the sexes to remain on opposite sides," she said. "That way they can grow in their own skin."

Some in favor of girls joining Boy Scouts said the Eagle Scout rank is more prestigious and well-known than the Girl Scout's highest honor, known as the Gold Award.

Whitney said she doesn't buy it.

"[A Girl Scout] can grow, she can start projects, she can get the recognition within the Girl Scout organization, just as her brother did with Eagle Scouts," she said.

Graham said, what matters most is the girls find an organization they enjoy.

Right now, Boy Scouts of America has 2.3 million members and Girl Scouts of America has 2.6 million members.

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