The Boy Scouts of America began a new era this week by officially welcoming girls into its flagship scouting program, Scouts BSA. Northwest Georgia’s first Scouts BSA troop for girls, Troop 113, held its first meeting on Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome. It is a sister troop to the existing boy Troop 113. Scouts BSA is the new name for the Boy Scout program that has been serving youth for more than 100 years.
When asked why she wanted to join Scouts BSA, Carolyn Smyth said, ”I watched my brother and two uncles go through the BSA program and the impact it had on them. I’m excited to have the same opportunity to experience the program and journey with my friends doing activities we all love to do. Oh and can’t wait to be an Eagle Scout.”
Girls now have the same opportunity to earn the BSA’s most prestigious award, Eagle Scout.
The troop wasted no time preparing for their monthly outdoor events. Camping, hiking, canoeing and rock climbing are just a few of the activities the Scouts have available to them. Scouts BSA is a youth lead program where the Scouts plan and organize their own activities. The troop’s first outdoor activity will be a leadership training campout in March. Troop 113 for girls meets each Monday at 6:30 p.m. and the boy troop meets each Tuesday at 7 p.m. Both troops are in the Trinity on Fifth building at Trinity United Methodist Church in Rome.
The mission of Scouts BSA is to promote leadership skills, good citizenship, and provide character development to young men and women ages 11-17 in an outdoor setting. Girls have been involved in the younger scouting program, Cub Scouts, since January 2018 and in the co-ed Venturing program for over 20 years. For information, contact the Northwest Georgia Council at (706) 235-5545 or nwgabsa.org
Scouts from the Northwest Georgia BSA Council are back Saturday as part of their annual food drive, Scouting for Food. Last week, Scouts placed door hangers on homes reminding residents to place non-pershible food items on their door step for pickup this Saturday, Feb. 9. All collected items are donated to local food banks in order to assist those in need. This year’s collection goal for Northwest Georgia is more than 20,000 pounds, an increase in last year’s collection. Scouts also will be accepting food donations at the Rome Salvation Army on Feb. 9 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.