Local troop becomes one of the first in the nation to welcome girls into BSA’s most iconic program
Montgomery Village, MD – February 7 –Girls in the Montgomery Village/Germantown area will be among the first in the country welcomed into the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) most iconic program on February 1st with the launch of Troop 1920, sponsored by BPO Elks Lodge #15, of Rockville, MD.
Last year, more than 77,000 girls and their families joined BSA’s Cub Scout program when it opened to both boys and girls ages 5-10 in response to years of requests from families. And this year BSA is honored to offer young women and young men ages 11-17 the opportunity to join Scouts BSA, the program previously known as Boy Scouts.
“This moment officially opens the benefits of the entire BSA Scouting program to the whole family,” said Alex Pranger, Committee Chair. “I’m honored to now offer the same adventure and fun that boys have experienced for more than a century to the girls of our region.” And girls in the Germantown/Montgomery Village area are lining up to join.
While the unit is supported by adult leaders, like all Scouts BSA Troops, it will be led by girls elected from the troops ranks. “We’re youth-led,” said Matthew Beyers, Scoutmaster. “That’s integral to Scouting, and these girls are all ready and excited to lead.”
Scouts BSA Troop 1920 will hold an open house at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, 7pm at the Whetstone Community Center in Montgomery Village. All girls between 11-17 are welcome.
About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.2 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit www.scouting.org.
Matthew L. Beyers, MSc, PMP Scoutmaster, T1920