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Sydney Ireland

Sydney Ireland is a teenager from Long Island, New York who created an online petition to start the process of having Boy Scouts of America become a co-ed institution. [2][6]

 

Boy Scouts

Since she was a little a girl, she has been the unofficial member of her brother's Boy Scout troop in Manhattan. She was a also a part of Canada's co-ed Venture Scout Program, an organization she has been a part of for a few summers. [3]

 

What prompted her to take action into submitting a petition to allow girls to join the boys scouts is due to her participation in her brother's boys scout troop and their activities. The Boys Scouts of America Eagle Rank is the preferred rank when it comes to honorees' lifelong recognition and benefits. She has been a part of several camping trips and activities but she doesn't get the same recognition such as merit badges. She has only unofficially earned the group's highest award of the Arrow of Light. [5]

 

She earned the top Chief Scout's award from Canada’s co-ed Venture program and was presented with a signed letter by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau[9]