Girl Fights to Join Boy Scouts

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NEW YORK -- When you think of Girl Scouts, those tasty Thin Mints or Samoas might come to mind. But for 15-year-old Sydney Ireland, she's more than a box of cookies -- she's a tough one!

In fact, Sydney is currently an unofficial member of the Cub Scouts. That's right, she's been rolling with the boys since 4-years-old, earning the highest rank you can get in Cub Scouts.

But Sydney's reality is: she'll never earn the Eagle Scout -- the highest rank in scouting -- because she's a girl!

So, she created an online petition for Boy Scouts of America to "end discrimination against young women." She also adds that she "cannot change her gender to fit the Boy Scouts' standards," but the Boy Scouts can change their standards to include her.

She also pointed out how she could miss out on opportunities, like scholarships and jobs, if she's left out of the Eagle Scout Honor.

Turns out, other countries like South Africa and Canada allow co-ed troops. And Sydney would know because she's already achieved both of their highest ranks!

NewsFix checked with Boy Scouts of America to see what they think of Sydney's petition.

Their statement reads:

“We understand and appreciate that the values and the lessons of Scouting are attractive to the entire family. However, the Boy Scouts of America has worked carefully and diligently to design and deliver programs that meet the specific needs of a variety of young audiences. We serve boys and young men across the nation through the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts programs, which are year-round programs specifically for males in the first grade through age 18. We have since developed alternative programs that are co-ed, serving young men and young women, such as Venturing and Exploring which include activities and programs designed for broader groups.”

So far, Sydney's petition has more than 5,000 signatures, and we'll bet all our cookies that Sydney won't crumble any time soon!

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