January 14, 2019 07:11 PM
The first female-only Boy Scouts of America troop is getting ready to launch in Fairport.
The Boy Scouts of America will open to young women for the first time in its 100-plus year history.
"Scouts BSA is a year-round program for boys and girls in fifth grade through high school that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and responsibility to help them become the best version of themselves," states the Boy Scouts of America website.
Last year, BSA phased females into their program by opening up cub-scouts to young girls. Now, troops will be open for older girls who wish to go through the scouting program.
"It's a program I believe in. It's an excellent platform for youth to be in. We're excited that now the door is open and girls have a choice to participate," expressed Vicki Vetere, who has 25 years of experience as a Boy Scout leader.
"Going on a hike, white-water rafting, cool experiences they may not otherwise get to do," added Sarah Noblett, who also has experience with BSA.
Together the two moms are creating one of the first female troops in the Rochester region.
It began back in July of 2018 when Noblett began contacting boy troops to find seasoned scouters to launch a girl troop.
The core group of adults met regularly to put a plan in place; including recruiting efforts at local schools and an upcoming open house for interested girls.
Noblett's own daughter is excited about joining, seeing her brother go through the Eagle Scout program.
"She desires to learn more about the leadership side of it, to get out there and learn and do, experience all the adventures," said Noblett, who has spent the last few weeks speaking with girls in grades 5 to 12 to explain the opportunities within BSA.
To learn more about Troop 2019 and its public events visit Troop2019fairport.org.
The troops will not be co-ed, but will be made up of only one gender. Certain events and activities may be co-ed.
As BSA prepares to introduce young women to its scouting program, the Girl Scouts currently have no plan to change its female-only format.
"Our program is designed by girls for girls. Research proves females thrive under single-gender environments," said Morgan Bryant, the senior vice president of Community Engagement & Member Services at Girl Scouts of Western New York.
Bryant said membership for Girl Scouts of Western New York is up, with 2018 seeing growth in troop membership overall. She added that the activities are outdoor-focused and have changed overtime to reflect the interest of girls.
"We cover outdoor skills to STEM, to a program with GEICO where girls learn to change oil on their car, change tires, and overall car maintenance," said Bryant.
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Western New York, click here.
Updated: January 14, 2019 07:11 PM
Created: January 14, 2019 07:05 PM
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