Boy Scout President Jim Turley: Speak Out Against Discrimination and Harassment of Girls

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I have been an unofficial member of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) for 13 years and try my best to live by the Scout Oath and Law but as a girl, I am not eligible for official membership or recognition by the organization. In response, I helped to launch a movement of young women campaigning to be allowed into the organization and the Boy Scouts finally announced that they would begin to accept girls – 478 days after the announcement.  

The Boy Scouts say they are ready to welcome girls and young women but they continue to discriminate against us.  

When I met with the Boy Scout Chief Scout Executive, he encouraged me to keep earning Rank and Merit Badges and said that I could be the first female Eagle Scout. I did the work. I earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement.  I completed my Eagle Project. I was even elected Senior Patrol Leader of my Troop. 

BSA President Jim Turley then tells me that I will be denied the Eagle Rank.  I will have to start all over. Why?  Are male Scouts required to repeat Merit Badges?   

Yes, in response and in retaliation for our advocacy, I, and other young women, are denied the Rank Advancement and Merit Badges we have already earned.  

Young women demonstrated enormous leadership in pushing the BSA to do the right thing and accept girls into the program. Because of this, girls will rise through the ranks and become Eagle Scouts alongside the best of the boys. All we need is the opportunity Mr. Turley.

If the new Scouts BSA intends to welcome girls, there can be no tolerance for Harassment and Bullying of young women. 

Tell Mr. Turley, we deserve a safe program, free from harassment.  

Send an email to Mr. Turley respectfully asking him to allow girls to join the Boy Scouts now. Girls have worked just as hard for recognition and deserve to the same Rank Advancement and Merit Badges as anyone else. Please send to all email addresses: michael.surbaugh@scouting.org; effie.delmarkos@scouting.org; pr@scouting.org; myscouting@scouting.org; communications@scouting.org

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