It’s been about two years since girls have been accepted in Scouts BSA and about two dozen young women in Colorado are now Eagle Scouts or are on track to earn the highest achievement.
Elizabeth Germain, 17, of Denver, is among the inaugural class of female eagles.
Germain, a junior at Northfield High School, said attaining eagle status is about hard work and sacrifice.
“It was a lot of work, but it has paid off,” Germain said. “Before I joined the scouts I wasn’t an outgoing person and I didn’t have a whole lot of confidence.
Now, after two years of scouting, Germain has forged multiple friendships with other scouts, learning new skills and becoming a leader.
“I would not be the person I am now without the scouts,” she said. “It has 100% changed my life.”
For Germain’s Eagle project, she planned, coordinated and completed, with some help, the assembly of 500 COVID-19 face masks that were donated to the nonprofit Volunteers of America. She recruited lots of good help.
“I didn’t really know what I was doing at first” when the project was launched in the summer of 2020, she said. “I got some friends and adults who knew how” to cut fabric and sew, “and I learned from them.” The multitude of masks were donated to the VOA in November. Germain became an Eagle Scout on Dec. 17.
“I’m an Eagle Scout,” she said. “I can do anything.”
Germain is currently working on attaining a pilot’s license. She aspires to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Germain was drawn to the scouts, in part, because her father had been a member, also an eagle, and her brother is a scout.
“All right, I’m going to go about this and give it try,” Germain recalled thinking when Scouts BSA first opened to girls. “It was a no brainer.”
Less than 10% of all scouts make it to eagle. There are 15 scouts in Germain’s all-female Troop 262.
Since the Boy Scouts transitioned to Scouts BSA and allowed girls into the program, over 30,000 young ladies across the country have joined, according to a news release.
“It takes effort, commitment and grit to become an Eagle Scout,” said Denver Area Council Scout
CEO Chuck Brasfield, in the release. “I’m proud of these trailblazers, this first class of female Eagle Scouts. All of us at Denver Area Council salute the first class.”
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