Girls in the Germantown/Montgomery Village area will be among the first in the country welcomed into the Boy Scouts of America’s iconic program this month with the launch of Troop 1920, sponsored by BPO Elks Lodge #15, of Rockville.
Last year, more than 77,000 girls and their families joined BSA’s Cub Scout program when it opened to both boys and girls ages 5-10 in response to years of requests from families. And this year BSA is honored to offer young women and young men ages 11-17 the opportunity to join Scouts BSA, the program previously known as Boy Scouts. The organization first announced it would be welcoming girls into its programs in 2017.
“This moment officially opens the benefits of the entire BSA Scouting program to the whole family,” said Alex Pranger, Committee Chair. “I’m honored to now offer the same adventure and fun that boys have experienced for more than a century to the girls of our region.”
While the unit is supported by adult leaders, like all Scouts BSA Troops, it will be led by girls elected from the troops ranks. “We are youth-led,” said Matthew Beyers, Scoutmaster for Troop 1920. “That’s integral to Scouting, and these girls are all ready and excited to lead.”
Scouts BSA Troop 1920 will hold an open house at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 6, at 7:00 pm at the Whetstone Community Center in Montgomery Village. All girls between 11-17 are welcome. More information about Scouts BSA Troop 1920 can be found at www.Troop1920.com. To join or find a troop in your neighborhood, please visit www.BeAScout.org.
Top: Scouts BSA Troop 1920 for Girls had their first meeting earlier this month. Activities included learning about the Scout Oath and Law and how the Scouts BSA program works.
Photo courtesy Scouts BSA Troop 1920 website.