On February 1st, 2019, Boy Scouts officially welcomed girls into their ranks. While this is a significant milestone, the Boy Scouts leadership is refusing to officially recognize the trailblazing women who helped to bring about this historic change. This is wrong.
The Boy Scouts are admitting girls, but not recognizing them?
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) has opened their doors to girls across the nation aged 11-17, allowing them to officially join Boy Scout Troops, but they’re leaving out the girls who initiated the change. Sydney Ireland, at 17-years-old, is our very own hometown heroine who paved the way for this historic change. Joining the Boy Scouts at the age of four, she has pushed for this change from within the organization for most of her life, while also working to complete all the requirements of the Rank and Merit badges, including work to earn Eagle Scout recognition. Without her tireless advocacy, this change may not have happened. Now, BSA is refusing to recognize the years of work that she’s done – saying that if she wants recognition, she’ll need to start again. It doesn’t make sense to embrace historic change while denying the girls who paved the way the recognition they deserve.
Here’s what you can do:
Call 972-580-2000. Here’s what you can say:
“I believe Sydney Ireland, and other girls in her position, should be recognized by Boy Scouts of America. These young women paved the way for girls to be officially recognized by Boy Scouts. It’s simply unfair and defies the principles of the organization to fail to honor Sydney’s lifelong record of work and commitment to the Boy Scout’s organization.”
“I have been calling on Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to end discrimination and I am so excited that they are finally ending their ban on young women on February 1st, 2019. We call on the BSA to count all of Rank and Merit Badges, I, and many other girls already completed before February 1st. As I said when I first began this journey, ‘I can’t change my gender to fit the Boy Scout standard, but the Boy Scouts can change their policies to let me in.’”
– Sydney Ireland