Female boy scouts get recognition for the first time at 80th Rushmore Pilgrimage

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Young troopers lining up for a 4 1/2 mile hike on the back side of Mount Rushmore.

For 80 years, Webelos scouts have embarked on the traditional pilgrimage with the majority of the scouts being male.

This year, a few girls got the opportunity to do more than just stand by their side.

"The girls have always been involved um but they have never been able to actually earn anything so this is actually allowing them to actually partake and actually be able to earn rank and so forth now."
said Mark Weishaar, hike master with the Pilgrimage for Boy Scouts of America.

Nine-year-old Miranda Rude is already a devoted hiker. She already checked Crazy Horse with her fellow boy scouts off her list.

"I tried girl scouts, they don't do stuff like this so when we heard they're letting girls into girl scouts, we decided to switch over," said Miranda Rude, a girl scout with Boy Scout of America.

Rude says this new recognition takes her commitment to a whole new level.

"Just show that because you're not a girl you're not lazy, you're not stupid, you're just like everyone else."

Although there are still rules the club has to abide by, leaders are making sure everyone is connected.

"It's been a lot of fun watching the kids be able to interact with each other. the dens are still separate so the boys are still allowed to do what the boys do and the girls are still allowed to do what the girls do but it allows them as a family to be able to be a part of it," Weishaar said.

The group ended at Mount Rushmore for an award ceremony to honor scouts and celebrate the deep-rooted achievements of Boy Scouts of America.