Local scouts in Troop 614 marked an historic event in the pre-dawn hours of Feb 1 as a dozen young women were allowed to join the Boy Scouts of America for the first time and participated in a flag raising ceremony.
Last year the Boy Scouts of America began accepting girls for the first time in its 109 year history. Nationwide, more than 77,000 young women, ages 5-17, joined scouting in the last year.
“When I heard it would be possible for me to join Scouting and work to become an Eagle Scout, I knew I had to find a Scouts BSA troop to join,” one Troop 614 scout named Naomi wrote in a news release. “I can’t wait for our troop’s adventures — this is something I have been excited to do for a long time.”
On Feb. 1, Naomi and 11 of the 15 girls who are now in Troop 614, other members of the troop and their troop leaders held a flag raising ceremony at City Hall. Scotts Valley council member Derek Timm, along with the Scotts Valley Police Department, was on hand to welcome the young women into the organization and mark their special day with them. Read More in the Press Banner.