Inaugural Class for Female Eagle Scouts
Let's Celebrate This Group!
There is no question that historic times are upon us. With school, social gatherings, and the way we participate in Scouting having changed due to the coronavirus pandemic, we all are having to adjust. The latest adjustment affects another historic event, the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts.
Scouts like Skylar Harteneck and Lauren Verweg, and many more throughout Northern Star and the country, will soon be joining the elite ranks of Eagle Scouts, and these young women are paving the way for girls to follow in their footsteps.
Female Scouts were first able to join Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019. Like many of their colleagues, both Skylar and Lauren came from Scouting families, with brothers who were active, and where they “tagged along” on camping trips, hikes, and other activities. When Lauren could, she joined Venturing, the opportunity that was available to her. But when the rules changed, she knew she wanted to be in Scouts BSA.
Skylar joined at the same time, with a plan to make Eagle with her friends and fellow scouts in October 2020. She put together a schedule, worked with merit badge counselors and her scoutmaster, and with the support of her brothers, her mom and her troop, she is going to make it.
For those Scouts that joined just a short 17 months ago, or even less, they had to work very hard to reach their ambitious goal. And, while some Scouts, like Skylar and Lauren, barely lost a stride due to COVID changes, many others might miss out, not because they didn’t work hard, but because the world turned upside-down. Because we want all young women who joined in 2019 and have worked so hard to be a part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts to do so, qualifying for the inaugural class has been extended from October 1-31, 2020 to October 1, 2020-January 31, 2021. All female Eagle candidates completing their Eagle Board of Review during that time will be recognized as a single class - with the same award date - acknowledging their accomplishments together in February 2021.
Though Northern Star Scouting and the BSA will not be recognizing the first female Eagle Scout, Skylar wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is insane. I get to receive this honor with all these girls who have put so much work in to accomplish this.” And we know that our Troops, Crews, Ships and Chartering Organizations will be right there honoring this historic moment for the First Eagle Scouts from their programs.
While this is the inaugural class, we know that this is just the start. Both Skylar and Lauren said that the first thing they were going to do after getting their Eagle, was to work with other girls to help bring them up - to mentor them. “And,” added Skylar, “ to get all 137 merit badges”