Utah girls join Boy Scouts of America

 Darwin Cook, Deseret Peak District Chairman with the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America offers guidance to his son Kolbie, 12, as he works on a merit badge with a little help from his sister Miriam, 11, in the family garage in Tooele, Utah, on Monday, May 14, 2018. Miriam who always wanted to enlist in her older brother's troop is among the first wave of girls joining the Boy Scouts of America in two all-girl dens near Salt Lake City. Miriam Cook of Tooele has already earned 11 Webelos advancements in her first 3 months as a Cub Scout with the pack based in Taylorsville. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

Darwin Cook, Deseret Peak District Chairman with the Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America offers guidance to his son Kolbie, 12, as he works on a merit badge with a little help from his sister Miriam, 11, in the family garage in Tooele, Utah, on Monday, May 14, 2018. Miriam who always wanted to enlist in her older brother's troop is among the first wave of girls joining the Boy Scouts of America in two all-girl dens near Salt Lake City. Miriam Cook of Tooele has already earned 11 Webelos advancements in her first 3 months as a Cub Scout with the pack based in Taylorsville. (Francisco Kjolseth/The Salt Lake Tribune via AP)

An 11-year-old girl who always wanted to enlist in her older brother’s troop is among the first wave of girls joining the Boy Scouts of America in two all-girl dens near Salt Lake City.

Miriam Cook of Tooele has already earned 11 badges in her first three months as a Cub Scout with the pack based in Taylorsville, The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

Before being able to join the organization, Miriam would tag along to her brother’s Scouting meetings.

“I always go to his pack meetings and den meetings and wanted to do what he did,” Miriam said. “I didn’t think it was fair that boys got to do all the fun activities. I wanted girls to learn how to do stuff like that.”

Miriam looked into other scouting organizations that allow girls, but her mother Patricia Cook said they “didn’t seem to fit her personality and her passion.”

 

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