In The News: Ventura Breeze
Troop 1176 made it in the Ventura Breeze paper!
For the first time both young women and young men celebrated together
From twilight hikes, to festive launch parties and campouts, thousands of Scouts, parents, and volunteers celebrated nationwide as the Boy Scouts of America welcomed for the first time both young women and young men ages 11-17 into its most iconic program.
Members of Troop 1176 from Ventura were on hand at the Scout Service Center in Camarillo to help kick off the festivities. The girls turned in their official charter paperwork, before performing their first official duty as members of Scouts BSA, raising the American flag at the Scout Center.
For more than five decades, the Boy Scouts of America has been welcoming young women into its Venturing, Exploring, Sea Scouts and STEM Scouts programs. And today, the BSA is further expanding that legacy by welcoming young women into Scouts BSA. By welcoming boys and girls into these iconic Scouting programs, the Boy Scouts of America is responding to the requests of families who, for years, have sought these opportunities for every member of their family.
Through participation in all-girl troops, young women that join Scouts BSA will learn from the same program, earn the same merit badges and achieve the same advancements that boys have earned for nearly 109 years in the Boy Scout program.
For more than 100 years, the pinnacle of the Scouting experience for some has been achieving the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Starting today, young women can begin the journey toward that goal, and the BSA will ensure that all new Scouts BSA members have a fair opportunity to earn the prestigious Eagle Scout rank. The BSA will celebrate their inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts in 2020.To learn more or join, visit www.Scouting.org/ScoutsBSA.
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