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Girl Scouts to Boy Scouts: You Have to Keep the Word 'Boy'

GSUSA claims trademark infringement in new suit over gender-neutral 'scouts'

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts program will soon have a new name, and a more "inclusive nature" as it allows girls into its ranks, but its sister group is rankled over the whole rebrand. Per MarketWatch and Fortune , a complaint filed by the Girl Scouts of the USA on Tuesday in... More »

Cops: Driver in Girl Scouts Crash Was 'Huffing'

Colton Treu told police he was inhaling chemical vapors before crash that killed 4

(Newser) - Police think they know why the driver of a pickup veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts with fatal consequences : Authorities in Wisconsin's Chippewa County say Colton Treu, 21, admitted that he was huffing—or inhaling chemical vapors—shortly before the crash that... More »

Pickup Kills 3 Girl Scouts, Adult Picking Up Trash

Another girl is in critical condition in Wisconsin

(Newser) - It's another hard-to-fathom road accident involving kids . A pickup truck in rural Wisconsin veered off the road Saturday morning and struck a group of Girl Scouts and their chaperones who were picking up trash, reports the NBC News . Three fourth-graders and one adult woman were killed, and a fourth... More »

After 'Incredibly Fun' Deliberations, a New Name for Boy Scouts

Coming in February: Scouts BSA

(Newser) - For 108 years, the Boy Scouts of America's flagship program has been known simply as the Boy Scouts. With girls soon entering the ranks, the group announced a new name: Scouts BSA. The change will take effect next February, reports the AP . Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh said many... More »

Girl Scout Takes Huge Advantage of California's Legal Weed

She sold 312 boxes of cookies in just 6 hours

(Newser) - An enterprising young Girl Scout showed a natural instinct for capitalism when she set up outside a California marijuana dispensary last Friday and sold over 300 boxes of cookies in just six hours, KGTV reports. But she may have also broken the rules. The unidentified scout started getting attention after... More »

Girl Found $2 on the Street, Tried Hard to Find Its Owner

After failing, Isabella King donated some Girl Scouts nuts to the military

(Newser) - A young girl in New Jersey who hoped to return two dollar bills she found on a sidewalk to their rightful owner will use the money to donate a box of Girl Scout nuts to the military, the AP reports. Isabella King found the money on a sidewalk in Pequannock... More »

Boy Scouts Will Start Accepting Girls

Historic change starts with Cub Scouts, will ultimately allow girls to become Eagle Scouts

(Newser) - In a historic change, the Boy Scouts are announcing plans to admit girls into the Cub Scouts starting next year and to establish a new program for older girls using the same curriculum as the Boy Scouts, the AP reports. Under the plan announced Wednesday, Cub Scout dens—the smallest... More »

Girl Scouts Accuse Boy Scouts of Underhanded Behavior

They claim the boys are covertly recruiting girls

(Newser) - Inflaming a century-old and mostly cordial rivalry, the president of the Girl Scouts of the USA is accusing the Boy Scouts of seeking to covertly recruit girls into their programs while disparaging the Girl Scouts' operations. "I formally request that your organization stay focused on serving the 90% of... More »

Girl Scouts Have 23 New Badges, With Science Focus

Biggest new batch in a decade for the group

(Newser) - From tiny Daisies to teen Ambassadors, Girl Scouts may now earn 23 new badges focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. It's the largest addition of new badges in a decade for Girl Scouts of the USA, per the AP . The effort takes a progressive approach to STEM and... More »

Czech Girl Scout in Viral Photo Threatened

Lucie Myslikova, 16, stood up to neo-Nazi at protest

(Newser) - The Czech Interior Ministry says that police are taking steps to ensure the security of a Girl Scout after a photo showing her confronting a neo-Nazi group went viral , reports the AP . The ministry's Center Against Terrorism and Hybrid Threats says the move was prompted by threats against 16-year-old... More »

Neo-Nazi Meets His Match: A Girl Scout

Lucie Myslíková, 16, applauded for her courage

(Newser) - Confronted with a neo-Nazi in the Czech Republic, a 16-year-old Girl Scout stood her ground, engaging the man in a heated debate. But it's a "powerful" photo of the exchange that now has people talking, per USA Today . Police tell the Guardian some 150 neo-Nazis had gathered for... More »

Girl Scout Robbed at Gunpoint, Then Cops Do Something Great

'We did what we could'

(Newser) - Thanks to a mass act of kindness by Union City police officers, the story of a cookie-selling Girl Scout robbed at gunpoint has a sweet ending. The 12-year-old and her mom were selling cookies outside a California Safeway around 5pm on Feb. 8 when a man approached and asked about... More »

Girl Scouts Caught in Inauguration Controversy

Protest group vows to block National Mall

(Newser) - Even the Girl Scouts have been caught up in the controversy surrounding Donald Trump's inauguration. The group came under fire this week after announcing that around 75 members will be marching in Friday's inaugural parade. Boy Scouts will also be marching, but the Girl Scouts were criticized more... More »

Man Sentenced for Pointing Shotgun at 7-Year-Old Girl Scout

She knocked on his door hoping to sell cookies

(Newser) - The 61-year-old California man who pointed a loaded shotgun at a 7-year-old girl trying to sell him Girl Scout cookies was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday, the Press Enterprise reports. The unnamed Girl Scout was selling cookies out of her Radio Flyer wagon in 2014 when she... More »

Girl Scouts Who Returned $100K Quickly Reap Much More

Crowdfunded donations support troop for refusing to discriminate

(Newser) - After returning a donation for $100,000 that stipulated the money couldn't be used to support transgender girls, the Girl Scouts of Western Washington decided it was still important to raise the money it had declined. That $100,000 amounts to nearly a third of its 2015 financial assistance... More »

Girl Scouts Return Donor's $100K Over LGBT Strings

Person stipulated it not be used for transgender girls

(Newser) - This Girl Scouts story via Seattle Met begins with good news: A generous donor gives $100,000. Then becomes bad news: The donor stipulates that none of the money be used for transgender girls, prompting the Girl Scouts of Western Washington to return it with a note: “Girl Scouts... More »

Girl Scout, 9, Shot on Way to Get Cookies

Sinai Miller is home recovering with a bandaged leg

(Newser) - Sinai Miller had been waiting all day Tuesday for 4:30pm when she could pick up her Girl Scout cookies and begin selling them to neighbors. When the time came, she stepped outside her apartment with her two younger sisters, but "they didn't even get to make it... More »

Girl Scouts Conned Obama Into Wearing Tiara

Some people will do anything for a Thin Mint

(Newser) - "Here’s the general rule: You don’t put stuff on your head if you’re president," President Obama once told the Navy football team when it offered him a helmet. "That’s Politics 101. You never look good wearing something on your head." That general... More »

You Can Finally Buy Girl Scout Cookies Online

But you'll have to get an email invite from a scout first

(Newser) - The Girl Scouts have entered the Internet age. In a move that reverses a years-long ban on Internet sales, the group's national organization has given online cookie sales the go-ahead. The Girl Scouts of the USA's former thought process had been that the in-person experience—of selling, handling... More »

New E-Cig Ruckus: Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll Flavors

Manufacturers not thrilled their brands being used in e-liquids

(Newser) - Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon Toast Crunch off the flavored nicotine used in electronic cigarettes. General Mills Inc., the Girl Scouts of the USA, and Tootsie Roll Industries Inc. are among several companies... More »

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