This morning I had the opportunity to attend the signing ceremony for a new troop, chartered to the Roy Elks Lodge. This new female troop has been waiting for this day for a long time and they have been eager and excited. Today was the first day female troops could register with the Boy Scouts of America. We are excited to have them, as well as the five other female troops joining the ranks of the Trapper Trails Council on this milestone day.
I believe all children can benefit from what Scouting has to offer. From the Scout Oath and Law, respective for the environment, and leadership development, to stretching their spirit of adventure, Scouting helps develop young men and young women of character. When the National Council made the announcement opening up our program to girls, my daughter called me. She was so excited about the change and told me she wished it could have happened earlier. “I would have made a great Eagle Scout, Dad.” Lauren was right.
Congratulations to our newest Scouts. Welcome to the Scouting trail.