On February 1, the Boy Scouts became just Scouts, dropping the “boy”out of their name. So how’s it been working out for the last three months?
Troop 306 is one of the first all girl troops based in Redding, Connecticut.
The girls of 306 were so excited about the announcement that girls could join Scouts, they have been together for year well before their charter was even formed.
Katya Anikeev is one of the founding members.
“I love everything about Scouting, I have always been an extremely outdoorsy person, like ever since I can remember, my favorite things are to go on a hike and ride a bike,” Anikeev said.
Scoutmaster Blackwell says they have boy troops and girl troops, and they’re not allowed to mix but the curriculum is exactly the same.
Blackwell said, “The rank advancement, what they have to do to get to an Eagle Scout, is identical to what the boys have to do, but how they go about it is quite different, and I like that! I like seeing how they solve problems perhaps a little differently than the boys.”
While the boys and girls don’t mix, they have a boy troop and a girl troop and they have a brother and sister troop where they get together.
As a matter of fact, in Redding they say their brother troop has been incredibly supportive, even helping with fundraising. And they’re getting ready to go on outings together, to bring the girls along side the boys.
Clara Blackwell says they even hold friendly competitions.
“A bunch of troops get together, and they do different activities together and have a big competition,” Clara said. “We were able to get second place out of 25 troops and we were the only female troop that was there, so that was pretty cool.”
Scoutmaster Kevin Blackwell says having a son that’s been through the scouts and now a daughter going through, to be able to share the experience with both his children makes him very proud.
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