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A US student's opinion on a Scouting controversy.

Elizabeth Meade
1st November 2020

In the US, the Boy and Girl Scouts each have a "highest award" that Scouts earn between the ages of 14 and 17, by completing prerequisites and then a community service project. As separate organizations, they have different requirements for their separate awards--the Eagle Scout for boys and the Gold Award for girls. I personally think the Gold Award is infinitely better than the Eagle Scout. Why? Gold Award projects consistently demonstrate dedication to sustainability--writing curricula to teach young people valuable skills or starting websites to raise awareness for the long term. Most Eagle Scout projects are building a bench. I do not wish to minimize the importance of public seating, but the effort gap shown reflects discrepancies in views about work ethic and community-building demonstrated by two character-building youth organizations. A disclaimer: I am a Girl Scout, and I respect the Boy Scouts as individuals, just not their policies.

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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
(she/her) Head of Current Affairs (News, Campus Comment, Comment, Science). Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking. Wrote the first article for Puzzles. Probably the first Courier writer to have work featured in one of Justin Whang's videos.

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