With the Boy Scouts of America becoming Scouts BSA, girls have a chance for the first time ever to join the traditionally boys-only organization.
The first all-girl Scouts BSA troop in Galveston County is chartering in League City on Feb. 2, and leaders, parents and troops are excited about the opportunity.
Chris Prouty’s 15-year-old daughter, Adrien Prouty, was part of Girl Scouts throughout elementary school, but that organization did not offer as much outdoor activity, such as hiking and camping, as the Boy Scouts troop her brother was in, Chris Prouty said.
“She didn’t get that from the Girl Scouts program,” he said. “There’s a lot more girls interested in doing outdoor activities.”
Now Adrien is excited to be part of a “trailblazing” experience by joining Galveston County’s first all-girl Scout BSA troop. The opportunity provides her the first chance to become an Eagle Scout, something she plans to accomplish by 2020, Chris Prouty said.
“My daughter is a very motivated individual,” he said.
The troop will charter at 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at League City United Methodist Church, 601 W. League City Parkway, League City, where Eagle Scout Joel McMan is pastor. About a dozen girls will be a part of this troop to start, he said.
Scouts BSA executives approached McMan and asked if his church could charter the first all-girl troop. The church, which has had Boy Scout troops for decades, thought it was a great idea, McMan said.
“I think it’ll be a lot fun for these young ladies,” he said. “I’m just delighted that we can give them this.”
Those interested in joining Scouts BSA can visit www.beascout.org.