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Boy Scouts celebrate the first group of female Eagle Scouts

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, a group of 1,000 girls and young women who are the first females to attain the prestigious rank.

2/20/2021 8:46:00 PM

The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating its inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, a group of 1,000 girls and young women who are the first females to attain the prestigious rank.

Growing up in Minneapolis , Isabella Tunney followed the progress of her older brother with admiration and occasional envy as he worked toward earning the Boy Scouts’ prestigious rank of Eagle...

February 20, 2021 GMTThis Oct. 1, 2020 photo provided by Edmund Tunney shows his daughter, Isabella, center, with Bev Verweg, her scoutmaster, and Brian Reiners, the scoutmaster of the corresponding linked boy troop, in Edina, Minn. In February 2021, at age 16, Tunney will be one of nearly 1,000 girls and young women honored by the Boy Scouts in a virtual celebration of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. It’s a major milestone, given the hallowed stature of a rank that has been attained over more than a century by astronauts, admirals, U.S. senators and other luminaries. (Edmund Tunney via AP)

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This Oct. 1, 2020 photo provided by Edmund Tunney shows his daughter, Isabella, center, with Bev Verweg, her scoutmaster, and Brian Reiners, the scoutmaster of the corresponding linked boy troop, in Edina, Minn. In February 2021, at age 16, Tunney will be one of nearly 1,000 girls and young women honored by the Boy Scouts in a virtual celebration of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. It’s a major milestone, given the hallowed stature of a rank that has been attained over more than a century by astronauts, admirals, U.S. senators and other luminaries. (Edmund Tunney via AP)

Growing up in Minneapolis, Isabella Tunney followed the progress of her older brother with admiration and occasional envy as he worked toward earning the Boy Scouts’ prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.This weekend, at age 16, Tunney will be one of nearly 1,000 girls and young women honored by the Boy Scouts in a headtopics.com

of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. It’s a major milestone, given the hallowed stature of a rank that has been attained over more than a century by astronauts, admirals, U.S. senators and other luminaries.ADVERTISEMENTOnly in 2018 did the Boy Scouts start accepting girls as Cub Scouts; older girls were admitted into the flagship scouting program in 2019. Overall, more than 140,000 girls have joined.

Tunney, like many of the girls attaining Eagle rank, worked intensively to amass the needed merit badges within two years. A minimum of 21 badges are required to attain Eagle; Tunney earned all 137, in subjects ranging from welding to white-water rafting to coin collection.

“The quarantine helped a lot,” she said, referring to the lockdown ordered due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “I had a lot of time to spare.”For her Eagle Scout public service project, she organized a drive to collect essentials for families being assisted by a homeless shelter.

Tunney is a junior at St. Paul Academy and Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota, and she is interested in a career related to the STEM disciplines — science, technology, engineering and math.As a child, she loved tagging along with her older brother, Eugene, but was sad when he and their father would go off on weekend camping trips with the Scouts. headtopics.com

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“I was very envious of all those,” she said. “When the Boy Scouts opened up to girls, I was so excited to get the opportunity to participate myself.”Like Tunney, new Eagle Scout Sydney Ireland also was drawn to the Boy Scouts due to participation of an older brother. She became an unofficial member of his New York City unit at age 4 and over the ensuing years was outspoken in urging the Boy Scouts to officially admit girls.

Ireland, 19, is now a sophomore at Amherst College, taking classes remotely from the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. She’s majoring in political science and psychology; law school and a career in politics could be on the horizon.“Scouting has influenced my life in nearly every facet,” she said via email, crediting the leadership skills she learned in the Scouts for giving her the confidence to run for Amherst’s student Senate.

ADVERTISEMENTThe Boy Scouts say about 6% of all scouts attain Eagle rank – roughly 2.5 million since the award’s creation in 1911, a year after the Boy Scouts of America was founded.“This is a powerful moment for these young women, for all Eagle Scouts, and for our nation,” said Jenn Hancock, the BSA’s national chair for programs. “People recognize Eagle Scouts as individuals of the highest caliber, and for the first time, that title isn’t limited by gender.”

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This is stupid. Girls don't need to be in everything boys do. We're starting to go overboard. I am very jealous You misspelled boy scouts.. It's girl scouts and I have the cookie boxes if you need help It starts... next a Pack of Trans-Cubs or scouts? I don’t get it - it’s hard being woke WHY? The Girl Scout Organization has existed since 1912! Why do they have to be 'boy scouts'? I was a cub scout, boy scout, cub master, scout master as was my father! I stopped supporting BSA when they allowed gays and females! This destroyed a great organization!!

They literally have Girl Scouts That’s the dumbest thing I ever heard! Glad I dropped out of Boy Scouts! What is wrong with this world? So it’s just scouts now, not Boy Scouts Get ready for all kinds of distraction to keep the American people doing other things while the inflation and gouging the American people out of their money is coming up launch an attack on gas prices call your Representatives today

I guess this is “progress”. But all I see is the rehabilitation of a totally corrupt organization steeped in racist history and sexist practice and notorious for tolerating the sexual abuse of children. But it's called the boys scouts. Also aren't there sexual assault allegations, from both boysjand Gurley scouts? Only adding females in the boys scout will make that problem worse.

I guess molesting little boys was not enough. And to homophobic. Now they want a little heterosexual action. Is Jeffrey Epstein the scoutmaster?😳 Bravo!!!!!! Boy? That sounds like misgendering. I earned my Eagle Scout award in 1995 and do not approve at all of the direction the BSA has gone in these past several years.

Its actually no longer the Boy Scouts of America, just Scouting. And what a shame. Such an amazing program for boys for decades, taken down by feminazis and the marxist left bent on destroying the family and feminizing the American male. I cannot celebrate this. Will they be treated better than Gold Award earners? Most likely.

Disgusting And the rest of us are mourning the end of an American Institution. . . As an eagle BOY scout. I Just don’t understand why girls need to be in the Boy Scouts. Boys and girls are different and that is ok. They don’t have to be all inclusive. I thought we were supposed to celebrate our differences. Btw. There are no boys in Girl Scouts.

Well done Murica. We only did this in 1908. Just like the rest of your country. Decades/centuries behind. Everyone in the comment section needs to go watch Parks and Rec. Clearly the best solution is non gendered scout groups mbieseck I completed all of the requirements to become an Eagle Scout, but was denied the rank when they learned that I’m agnostic.

👎🏼 Glad these girls could excuse all the pedophiles! More great kids from Minnesota. Dang, theres millions of them Awesome 👏 you go young ladies of the future. Incredible honor It's a weird organization of weird people. Disband the Boy Scouts as they are 'Scouts for boys' What happened to Girl Scouts? I guess they needed male organization for accomplishments. It’s ok to have gender specific organizations so boys can be boys and girls can be girls, it really is.

What a fucking joke. 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 gynocentric social order This is cool! But I thought the whole Boy Scouts organization shut down because of the sexual abuse stuff so I’m kind of confused Maybe just call them the Scouts - teach outdoor sports and activities and good citizenship to any kid who shows up.

Good job ladies! If every country had women leaders the world would be a better place. The name of the organization may need a change too. As long as they get to actually learn and practice outdoor skills I don't really care though. As an Eagle Scout I think this is a great step in becoming a truly inclusive group.

Didn't Girls Scouts permit girls to achieve? We might make a little more progress in the future if we do away with gender-segregated “Scout” groups. If girls & boys are treated the same as kids, they might see themselves as equal when they’re adults. I have a young daughter, so I worry about these issues.

What happened here? I better start seeing young boys want to join the Girl Scouts, Brownies, & the Miss America Pageant Thank you for saying 'inaugural' instead of 'first annual'. Bankrupt anyway who cares Wow. Stopped being sexist in 2021? Brilliant. I wonder how they like being called boys? 🙄 Boy Scouts, no thank you!

Congratulations!!! Talk about an organization that has been harboring pedophiles for generations... Aren't the Boy Scouts bankrupt (and facing a flurry of abuse lawsuits)? Let Girls be 'Equal Pioneer Scouts'...Bravo America new Light over the Freedom Land 🤩 As an Eagle I'm proud of these young women. Achieving the rank is very difficult and teaches a lot of great lessons about self reliance, project management and leadership. But Scouting is if anything still too exclusionary, and lets local troops openly discriminate in leadership.

It's 2021 and we are still talking about the first this and that. This should of been done year's ago.all this time there has bee a locked and not included or just plain racist and anti women's and you don't have money club. America needs to stop the separation brava ladies! it's about time! 🤣🤣🤣 I’m an Eagle Scout. Congrats to all the new Eagles. I know how much work it is. Welcome to the club!

Pedo org Does BSoA teach them to pick what they want for dinner without it leading into a fight? Bro that’s what Girl Scouts is for Isn’t it called “boy” scouts? Are boys allowed in “girl” scouts?