Photos by Nicole Stephens
Once known for their raucously anti-suburban anthems and untamed, feverish post-collegiate angst, The Wonder Years have proven time and time again to be a band that grows with its audience, maturing alongside fans while keeping alive the ember of heart-wrenching honesty and candidness that make their sound so deeply personal and raw.
This past September, the band released Burst and Decay, an acoustic reimagining of selections from their discography, from Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing’s “Coffee Eyes” to No Closer to Heaven’s “Cardinals”. Alongside this release, they also announced a fifteen date tour, playing an entirely acoustic set at various intimate venues across the United States. On October 8th, 2017, they played not one but two shows at Le Poisson Rouge in New York, NY.
The show I attended was entirely new territory for me: a pop-punk matinee.
I am a woman and I have been a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America since I was 14 years old. I was a youth in Venture Scouts and Sea Scouts, I’ve been an adult leader in Sea Scouts, I’ve worked at a Boy Scout Camp, I’ve worked in non summer program for my local Council. I will be 25 in a few days and the best birthday present I could have ever received is the announcement that girls will be allowed to join Boy Scouts .
Everyone is proclaiming that finally girls are going to be part of the BSA when they’ve been able to be involved for years. Girls like myself have long been allowed to participate in a few select Co-Ed programs such as Venture Scouts, Sea Scouts, and Varsity Scouts. The ability to be part of the core Boy Scout program, however, is a monumental occasion and worthy of excitement and praise. Even more importantly, young women will be given the chance to earn the highly coveted rank of Eagle Scout. To say that I am jealous of all of the young women that will someday earn the rank of Eagle is an understatement, but I am beyond elated that I will see female Eagle Scouts exist. Continue reading Why We’re Celebrating Inclusion of Girls in Scouting