Boy Scouts Have fun First Group of Feminine Eagle Scouts | Nationwide information
Tunney is a junior at St. Paul Academy and the Summit School in St. Paul, Minnesota, interested in a career in the STEM disciplines – science, technology, engineering, and math.
As a child, she loved being with her older brother, Eugene, but was saddened when he and her father went camping with the Boy Scouts over the weekend.
“I was very jealous of all of these,” she said. “When the Boy Scouts opened up to girls, I was so excited to have the opportunity to take part myself.”
Like Tunney, the new Eagle Scout Sydney Ireland was drawn to the Boy Scouts due to the participation of an older brother. At the age of 4, she became an unofficial member of his New York unit and in the years that followed urged the Boy Scouts to officially accept girls.
The 19-year-old Ireland is now sophomore at Amherst College, taking classes from the island of Nantucket, Massachusetts. She studies political science and psychology. Law school and a career in politics could be on the horizon.
“Scouting has affected my life in almost every way,” she said via email, recognizing the leadership skills she had learned from Scouts to give her the confidence to run for Amherst’s Senate.
The Boy Scouts say about 6% of all Boy Scouts reach the Eagle rank – about 2.5 million since the Prize was founded in 1911, a year after the Boy Scouts of America was founded.