Sydney Ireland, the female Boy Scout from Stuyvesant Town, who so far has been unable to get her accomplishments from over the past decade and rank formally recognized by her organization, was instead recognized on Tuesday evening with a proclamation from the City Council. The proclamation was presented by Council Member Keith Powers and was also signed by Speaker Corey Johnson.
Troop 414 hosted a Court of Honor for Boy Scouts receiving rank advancement and earning merit badges on Tuesday, including Sydney and other young women — though it was technically unofficial — at Immaculate Conception Church. Powers also presented the Troop with a certificate of appreciation.
As Town & Village has previously reported, the Boy Scouts of America has said it would start to formally recognize its female members in 2019, but Sydney has been trying to get them to start sooner so her past efforts would enable her to attain Eagle rank and participate in an International Jamboree. While Powers has written to the BSA as has State Senator Brad Hoylman, there has been no change.
The proclamation notes: “Sydney is a passionate, engaged 16-year-old and a longtime participant in the Boy Scouts of America. For the past four years, she has publicly advocated for girls to be admitted as full members of the organization, including gaining support from well-known women organizations like the National Organization for Women (NOW). Sydney has achieved significant accomplishments as a Scout for 10 years in Troop 414, including 15 merit badges and the rank of Star Scout.”