Sydney Ireland isn’t silly, she knows the word “boy” is in the name. However, the 15-year-old makes some pretty valid points about the Boy Scouts and why she should be let in.
The truth is, like many girls, she was just more interested in the activities the Boy Scouts did rather than the Girl Scouts. When they wouldn’t let her in because she was female, Sydney unofficially became a member and earned the Arrow of Light, the highest award in Cub Scout program.
Her dream is to become an Eagle Scout. The names may sound a bit childish, but those who have received the Eagle Scout ranking are a part of an elite group, some have even gone onto become presidents, astronauts, and military leaders. To become an Eagle Scout is a huge honor, but right now, it only gives men those opportunities. The Girl Scouts has no equivalent.
If a girl can fulfill all of the challenges as a boy, then why can’t she receive the same honors?
The Boy Scouts say their official charter, written in 1916, says no women are allowed, but Sydney has a rebuttal.
“In 1916, women weren’t even allowed to vote, so it’s a pretty outdated charter. I think it should just be Scouts,” Sydney said.
The teenager has now started an online petition with over 5,000 signatures. A former Eagle Scout even sent her his badge and a letter of encouragement in support.
If things are separate, then they have to be equal. Sydney highlights that the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts are not. Do you think girls should be allowed to participate in the Boy Scouts if their interests are more in line with those activities?
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