Girl troops eager to have shot at coveted Eagle Scout rank in historic shift

in Orlando News & Events

SOURCE: Orlando Sentinel

For the last few years, 14-year-old Maddie Peacock watched from the sidelines as her four younger brothers had adventures with their Boy Scout troop. She helped them make Pinewood Derby cars and joined in the family campouts but was unable to earn recognition for her efforts.

“They would go off and do the fun Scouting things and I was always upset because I knew that I could do all of that stuff — I just didn’t have the chance to,” said Maddie, who attends Innovation Middle School in Orlando. “Eventually, I got tired of going to the campouts because there was nothing there for me.”

But everything changed when the century-old Boy Scouts of America announced that as of Feb. 1 girls ages 11-17 would be eligible to join girl troops and work to earn — like boys — the highly coveted rank of Eagle Scout.