Breaking barriers: Boy Scouts of America isn’t just for the boys


GLEN JEAN, WV (WVNS) — Growing up, Ryanne Fisher wanted to be a Boy Scout, just like her older brother. But there was one major thing holding her back- she’s a girl.

“I saw all the fun he had with his friends, and all the friends he got to make and the activities. I wanted to do that too,” Ryanne said.

So instead, at the age of 4, Ryanne became a Girl Scout. But that wasn’t enough. “I wrote a letter saying, ‘hey I am a 9-year-old girl and my brother is a boy scout and I want to join him.'”

Change didn’t come quickly. Five year later, she was finally old enough to join a co-ed program offered through Boy Scouts of America called Venturing. But this year, Ryanne’s dream came true when Boy Scouts announced they will now welcome boys and girls into Scouts BSA.

“My phone blew up one day and was like ‘yo, you’re able to do it. You’re able to eventually become an Eagle’ which was so much fun to see all these people so excited for me as well as me being excited myself.”

Becoming an Eagle Scout is an accomplishment Ryanne or any other girl would not have been able to achieve before the change. It’s an honor, only 4% of scouts reach.

“I had that heart-warming moment where I was like yes, I am now able to do some of the same things my brother did and still be a part of cool programs.”

As she works to become an Eagle Scout, she’s also working on getting top awards for Girl Scouts and Venturing. “I think it’s a really great opportunity for girl scouts to have the same opportunity as the boys.”

Three big goals for a girl who is breaking barriers.

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