These girls want to be Boy Scouts—but for now, they’re calling themselves …

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Boy Scouts Brave The Cold To Collect Food Donations.

Allie Westover, Skyler Westover, Ella Jacobs, Daphne Mortenson and Taylor Alcozer – who call themselves the Unicorns – aren’t the first girls to try to join the 105-year-old boys-only organization, according to the New York Times. The girls, ranging in age from 10 to 13, formed an alternate scouting group called the Unicorns after becoming bored with the activities offered by their local Girl Scouts troop, like selling cookies and writing letters.SANTA ROSA (California) — Five girls wearing makeshift scout uniforms stood before top Boy Scout brass this month and made an announcement: We want in. “I want to be a Boy Scout,” Allie Westover, 13, told a panel of men in khaki uniforms weighted by pins and patches.

“It really makes me think, are we allowed to maintain any sort of classic American tradition in our culture and institutions?” Sayegh opined. “You know, there is a Boy Scouts and a Girl Scouts. “It makes me sad in a way because we talk about this sometimes with transgender bathrooms,” he continued. “There should be a basic baseline common sense when it comes to our sort of — certain traditional values. LOUIS (KMOX) – Despite the bitter cold and falling snow, Boy Scouts on both sides of the Mississippi River scooped up thousands of donations of canned goods and other non-perishables on Saturday. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. I think this is one of those instances.” “Full disclosure, I was in the Girl Scouts and the Brownies and I hated it,” she told the co-hosts of Outnumbered. “I hated it because my troop leader took me to hear Jimmy Carter speak.

They turned up to a meeting of regional Boy Scout leadership earlier this month in makeshift uniforms, complete with red felt vests, and presented their membership applications one-by-one. “We know how to camp,” said Skyler Westover, 10. “We know how to start a fire. And I was, like, this man is responsible for runaway inflation in this country.” “You just blamed the entire Girl Scouts for Jimmy Carter,” co-host Andrea Tantaros pointed out. “I’m not disagreeing. In a year in which gender roles in traditional US institutions have undergone major changes and challenges, a fight in Northern California over joining the Boy Scouts is among the most recent points of contention. In order to move from one level to another, Boy Scouts must meet with a scout master to review their progress and then appear before a board of review, where six officials will either approve or deny their advancement.

These girls — the latest of many over the decades who have sought to become Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts instead of Brownies and Girl Scouts — say they would rather be camping and tying knots than selling cookies. We can do everything the boys can do.” The Unicorns proved that was the case earlier this year, when they competed against dozens of male groups in a scouting competition and came in second place. While they displayed their proficiency in activities like hiking and using a sling shot, they cannot earn merit badges or set out on the path to becoming Eagle Scouts, the ultimate honour for a Boy Scout.

The six levels are: Daisies (kindergarten-grade 1), Brownies (grades 2-3), Juniors (grades 4-5), Cadettes (grades 6-8), Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 10-12). It was not until 2014 that openly gay youth were allowed to participate in Boy Scouts, while a ban on gay adult leaders stood until July of this year.

They bought uniforms that mimicked the boys’ ones, and bested dozens of Boy Scout groups at a competition, where they earned second place overall after out-performing other teams in skills like backpacking and slingshot. There is precedent for including girls in traditionally male scouting organisations, including in the UK where the Scout Association began offering membership in all programs to girls in 1991. From sixth grade onwards, they can “also explore careers in science and technology, travel the world, discover nature and take on projects that transform their community”. Despite the similarities between the programs, a 2011 study in Gender & Society, a journal focused on gender studies, found that Girl Scouts are generally discouraged from scientific pursuits while Boy Scouts are pushed away from artistic interests.

The study found that the girls are offered more art activities than the boys, but science activities make up only 2% of their activities and 6% for the boys. She waved a fistful of ribbons: first place in team building, second in backpacking, third in slingshot. “There’s no really ‘girl things’ or ‘boy things’.” But expanding the definition of “Boy Scout” is alarming some parents, who voiced concerns about the prospect of shared tents, the erosion of valuable boys-only time and the possibility that girls * who already outperform boys in many areas * might start to snap up all the leadership positions. “I have sons,” said Ms Jennifer Masterson, 54, a scout leader in the same region as the Unicorns who said she felt uneasy about the idea of coed scouting. “Would I want a girl sleeping in my son’s tent? The girls’ activities are more communal, with 30% of their badge work taking place in groups, while the boys work is more self-oriented with less than 20% of their work taking place in a group. At the meeting, they deposited formal applications to become Boy Scouts, who forwarded the applications to national headquarters. “It felt like they were saying no to us, but they didn’t want to say it with all the cameras,” Daphne Mortenson told the San Francisco Chronicle.

The study also found that boys were instructed to look for answers in the back of their guide, something that “fosters intellectual dependence and passivity”, whereas girls were encouraged to do original research. On Oct 1, the local Boy Scout council barred the girls from participating in further activities, telling them that they had gone beyond the lessons permitted in the life-skills program and that the organisation’s charter made it clear that “Cub Scouting, Boy Scouting and Varsity Scouting are for boys.” A meeting was called for Nov 13 to help the Unicorns understand the decision. The response from the men on the panel was swift: They would forward the girls’ requests to the national office, saying they had no local authority to admit them. About 2.4 million boys participated in Boy Scout activities in 2014, down from 2.6 million the year before, and some in Santa Rosa cited girl recruitment as a possible solution. “Those programs have all been written for squirrelly little boys that run around and get crazy,” said Mr. The steps are: “identify an issue”, “investigate it thoroughly”, “get help and build your team”, “create a plan”, “present your plan and gather feedback”, “take action” and “educate and inspire”.

Some past projects that earned Gold Awards included raising awareness about child abuse in Puerto Rico and raising awareness of historically segregated schools that shaped the education of many African American students in the south.

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