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Should girls be allowed to join the Boy Scouts? This organization says it's time.


Should girls be allowed to join the Boy Scouts? This organization says it's time.

The president of National Organization for Women, Terry O’Neill, says it’s time for the Boy Scouts of America to start including girls. The 106-year-old scouts organization has made a lot of changes over the years, most recently welcoming transgender boys.  

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O’Neill says Eagle Scout recognitions give members advantages in college admittance and job opportunities. She maintains these benefits should be equally available to girls and noted that Scouts Canada has been co-ed since 1998.


The Girl Scouts say their Gold Award is comparable to the Eagle Badge and has a similar impact on employers and universities. However, N.O.W. maintains it doesn't hold the same weight. 

This is an area we will continue to evaluate while remaining true to our core values, outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
Effie Delimarkos, Boy Scouts of America

Effie Delimarkos, director of communications for Boy Scouts of America, says they currently have several co-ed programs and will consider expanding them. The programs include: Venturing, STEM Scouts, and Exploring and Learning for Life. Information on all of these is available at www.scouting.org.

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This June 2016 provided by their father, Gary Ireland, shows 15-year-old Sydney Ireland, left, of New York, with her bother, Bryan, who is an Eagle Scout, at a National Organization for Women conference in Washington. For several years, Sydney has been an unofficial member of her brother's troop in Manhattan, participating in many of its activities but unable to earn merit badges to start on the path to Eagle rank. (Gary Ireland via AP)

This is Sydney Ireland. She’s the New York City teen leading the charge for girls to join the Boy Scouts so that she can achieve Eagle Scout status like her brother. She posted a petition on Change.org.

Make your voice heard

If you'd like to get involved with the Boy Scouts' effort to maintain single gender status or expand their co-ed programs contact them here.

To join N.O.W.'s effort to rally for girls to be included contact the New York branch at nownyc.org.

You can also sign Sydney's petition.

Girl Scouts say they always need volunteers, click here to learn how you can help.

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