Once again, the Boy Scouts of America is making history.
Society used to embrace the “Battle of the Sexes.”
These days, there’s no contest.
We’re more so living in the era of “All front-holed humans are the same.”
And as the sex-centered walls continue to come down, an iconic youth organization is hitting the front page.
Take note: The Boy Scouts are welcoming their first class of female Eagle Scouts.
As you may recall, in 2019, the organization did something very few boys-only groups seem to do: let in girls.
And now — as reported by the Associated Press — roughly a thousand girls will comprise the inaugural Eagle Scout crew.
The Daily Wire notes the rank of Eagle Scout is reached by earning a minimum of 21 merit badges.
Go-getter Isabella Tunney obtained 137 — every badge possible.
So how’d the 16-year-old do it?
As told to the AP, “The quarantine helped a lot.”
“I had a lot of time to spare,” she explained.
As it turns out, Isabella always wanted to be a Boy Scout — just like her older brother.
“When the Boy Scouts opened up to girls, I was so excited to get the opportunity to participate myself.”
The scouts have certainly evolved.
It seems they’re determined to keep up with the times.
Last June, the organization introduced something notably new.
From my article at the time:
The Boy Scouts of America is the Big Daddy of American youth organizations, and papa’s got a brand new badge.
In a letter posted online Monday, the BSA’s National Executive Committee announced a modern addition to the requirement of advancement to Eagle Scout, the bunch’s highest rank: a “diversity and inclusion” certification.
As per the letter, the issue at hand is one of human rights, not politics:
“The Boy Scouts of America stands with Black families and the Black community because we believe that Black Lives Matter. This is not a political issue; it is a human rights issue and one we all have a duty to address.”
The Boy Scouts of America say they stand with Black Lives Matter and will require all Eagle Scouts to earn a “diversity and inclusion merit badge” and workers will undergo diversity and inclusion training, the organization’s committee says. https://t.co/PtmM2FwYXk
— NBC News (@NBCNews) June 16, 2020
Back to the freshly-eligible Eagles, girls don’t just comprise scouting groups; they also help run the joint.
Case in point: BSA National Chair for Programs Jenn Hancock.
“This is a powerful moment for these young women, for all Eagle Scouts, and for our nation. People recognize Eagle Scouts as individuals of the highest caliber, and for the first time, that title isn’t limited by gender.”
Gender certainly isn’t an inhibitor.
In 2017, Reuters relayed the following:
A 9-year-old New Jersey boy has become the first transgender member recognized by the Boy Scouts of America, which last week said it would accept children into its century-old programs based on the gender indicated on their applications.
As for Isabella — putting aside the issue of girls joining the boys — congratulations to a daughter, sister, and future mother for trying to be an overachiever…and succeeding.
In life, she’s set to soar…like an Eagle.
In the battle of the sexes…she might’ve won.
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