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California Girls: Boy Scouts Do More Fun Things Outdoors, We Want in

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By    |   Monday, 23 Nov 2015 08:43 AM

Five California girls who want to become Boy Scouts officially applied to join the organization earlier this month, but they didn't get the green light they were hoping for. At least, not yet.

The girls already take part in some traditional Boy Scout activities as members of the Unicorns, a troop that participates in the scouts' Learning for Life program, but now they want to be considered full-fledged members, The New York Times reported.

So the five girls, accompanied by Unicorn leader Danelle Jacobs, appeared in front of the North Bay scout council in Santa Rosa earlier this month and argued their case.

They contend that the Boys Scout program provides more activities they are interested in and will better prepare them for the future.

"In Boy Scouts, I was jealous of what my brother got to do like things outside but [the Girl Scouts] were just inside doing art badges and stuff," Ella Jacobs, Danelle's 10-year-old daughter and one of girls applying for the Boy Scouts, told abc7news.com.

"For me, being a girl among the boys, it was a place where I learned to work with just not people of my own gender, but people of the opposite gender who I am going to have to work with when I get into the real world," 13-year-old Allie Westover added.

The twist is just the latest saga for the Boy Scouts, which has been grappling with gender roles for some time now. In July, the organization agreed to lift a ban on gay scout leaders, but still allows religious-backed scout groups to deny leadership positions based on sexual orientation, according to the Los Angeles Times.

North Bay council president John Carriger and vice president Herb Williams said their hands are tied by national Boy Scout policy.

"There is no provision for girls in Boy Scouts," Williams told the San Francisco Chronicle. "That's a fact. It's been a fact for 100 years."

But, they said, they will forward the girls' applications on to the national council.

Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Northern California insisted that the organization does emphasize outdoor activities just like the Boy Scouts, and encouraged the girls to rejoin.

"Outdoor experience has really always been a hallmark of what we do," Nikki Van Ausdall told The New York Times. "If they want to come back to join us, we're thrilled to have them."

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Five California girls who want to become Boy Scouts officially applied to join the organization earlier this month, but they didn't get the green light they were hoping for. At least, not yet.
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