The Boy Scouts of America will celebrate their inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in style, honoring the young women that have become the first to wear the rank in the organization’s long history.
“Witness history TOMORROW (2/21) with the entire BSA community!” The BSA’s announcement begins. Despite recent controversy, the organization will press forward to celebrate a beyond-worthy cause: the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts.
Boy Scouts of America will do so “during a special Facebook Live at 8 pm ET / 7pm CT.”
BSA’s Twitter announcement includes a link to RSVP for all wishing to attend and “be the change.”
The program began accepting female scouts in 2019 for the first time in history. Close to 1,000 young women are part of the inaugural class, cites The Associated Press.
To reach the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout is no small matter, either. The highest rank of the BSA, becoming an Eagle Scout requires at least 21 merit badges. One young woman, however, went far above and beyond. Isabella Tunney has earned each of the 137 badges available, and she’s incredibly modest for it (continued below).
Female Eagle Scouts’ Triumph Long Overdue
“The quarantine helped a lot,” Tunney tells the AP. “I had a lot of time to spare.”
The younger sister of a Scout, Tunney grew up wishing to join her brother in his harrowing adventures and badge-earning. When BSA announced the decision to open to girls in 2018, she jumped at the chance.
“When the Boy Scouts opened up to girls, I was so excited to get the opportunity to participate myself,” she says in her own words.
Despite her humility, Tunney’s achievement is remarkable – regardless of sex, gender, or age. BSA figures state only 6% of Scouts reach the rank of Eagle Scout.
“This is a powerful moment for these young women, for all Eagle Scouts, and for our nation,” the BSA’s national chair for programs, Jenn Hancock, tells AP. “People recognize Eagle Scouts as individuals of the highest caliber, and for the first time, that title isn’t limited by gender.” And it’s about time.
Despite being a long-overdue change, The Boy Scouts of America are overdue some good press, as well. The celebration of their female Eagle Scouts comes just a year after their filing for bankruptcy protection – which came as a direct result of state laws suspending the statute of limitations for sexual abuse lawsuits.
When this happened, BSA was inundated with a wave of sexual abuse cases that would have otherwise not been able to seek justice.
Tens of thousands of men came forward once able. As a result, BSA filed for bankruptcy in an effort to create a compensation fund, AP cites.