Thoreau Student Named One of First Female Eagle Scouts
Thoreau Middle eighth grader Katie has become one of the first female Eagle Scouts in history, as well as the youngest. She completed the requirements in the minimum amount of time possible, 19 months. Katie, who attended Marshall Road Elementary School in grades K-6, joined Scouting in February 2019 as one of the founders of Girls Troop 987. She spent her early years watching her brothers —who both earned Eagle Scout rank—participate in Boy Scouts and wanted the same camping and outdoor opportunities. After joining the Girl Scouts, she realized she wanted a more rigorous scouting program. So in 2018, when the Boy Scouts of America changed its name to Scouting BSA and welcomed female scouts for the first time in their 100+ year history, she joined. After completing the requirements for the Eagle Rank in 19 months, successfully completing her Board of Review—an intensive interview with adult members of the troop—Katie leads the 2020 inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts. To reach the Eagle rank, a scout must earn at least 21 merit badges, serve in positions of leadership in the troop, and complete an extensive service project that the scout plans, organizes, leads, and manages. The Eagle Scout must also demonstrate scout spirit, an ideal attitude based upon the scout oath and law, service, and leadership. Katie earned 26 merit badges, served as the senior patrol leader of Girls Troop 987 (the highest scout rank in a troop), and designed and led a service project at Bailey's Elementary School, where her mother teaches. With over 285 total hours of effort from the community over three days of work, she led a team of 50 Scouts and adults to beautify the Bailey's campus by installing 36 planter boxes for the science department on the school grounds. Katie still has many years of scouting eligibility since scouts are eligible to continue in the program until they turn 18. She plans to complete a trek at the Philmont Scout Ranch, Scouting BSA's premiere high adventure base. Moreover, she hopes that her achievements inspire other girls to follow her example and that some of those girls will join her at Girls Troop 987. Ultimately, she hopes to become a teacher like her mom. Contact news liaison Andrea Hager at email@example.com.