Northern Star’s Inaugural Class of Female Eagle Scouts
Over 600 Young men and women earned Eagle Rank in 2020
There’s no question that historic times are upon us and, for once, we’re not talking about the pandemic! This month, we’ll be officially celebrating the first inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts Scouts, with nearly 20 young women throughout Northern Star joining the elite ranks of Eagle Scouts. These young women are paving the way for more girls to follow in their footsteps. They join a group of 616 total Northern Star Scouts to earn their Eagle Rank in 2020 - no small feat and an amazing accomplishment for both the men and women who did so!
Female Scouts were first able to join Scouts BSA on February 1, 2019. We were able to talk to a few of these newly minted Eagle Scouts about their experiences. Many come from Scouting families, with brothers who were active, and where they “tagged along” on camping trips, hikes, and other activities.
“My older brother Eugene was in Scouts,” Isabella told the Star Tribune in an interview. “It was amazing and so cool to see all of the experiences he had.”
Rebecca has a similar story. “My dad was Cubmaster and is currently an assistant Scoutmaster,” Rebecca told Fox9 News.
Skylar joined at the same time, with a plan to make Eagle with her friends and fellow Scouts by October, 2020. She put together a schedule, worked with merit badge counselors and her Scoutmaster, and with the support of her brothers, her mom and her troop, she made it to her board of review.
Lauren of Troop 5384 and Anna of Troop 5065 are two more recent Eagles and both took part in an interview with Council President Kari Bjorhus as part of the November 16 President’s Cabinet Meeting.
It was exciting and inspiring to hear about of their Scouting experiences as well as their trail to Eagle.
Anna said: “Going to Many Point is one of my favorite memories. Seeing how everyone pitched in together, as well as taking part in the many fun activities was great.”
When asked about lessons learned Lauren responded: “Anyone can be a leader and that you can lead from the middle, which especially important in bigger group situations.”
For those Scouts that joined about two years ago, they had to work very hard to reach their ambitious goal. While some Scouts, like the girls mentioned above, barely lost a stride due to COVID, many others might miss out, not because they didn’t work hard, but because the world turned upside-down. Because we want all young women who joined in 2019 and have worked so hard to be a part of the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, several months ago a change was made. Qualifying for the inaugural class was extended to October 1, 2020-February 8, 2021. All female Eagle candidates completing their Eagle Board of Review during that time will be recognized as a single class - with the same award date - acknowledging their accomplishments together in February 2021.
No matter when, or even if, all our new female Scouts BSA members earn the rank of Eagle Scout, they know it’s not just about the badges. “What I think I’ve grown more in is leadership skills and knowing how to organize people and delegate and all that type of deal,” Sarah said to Fox9 News. Those skills and talents are the real goal.
An Anniversary Celebration
Though Northern Star Scouting and the BSA will not be recognizing a single first female Eagle Scout, Skylar wouldn’t have it any other way. “It is insane. I get to receive this honor with all these girls who have put so much work in to accomplish this.” And we know that our troops, crews, ships and Chartering Organizations will be right there honoring this historic moment for the first Eagle Scouts. We also know these four girls are just the beginning, and many other girls in our council are finishing up their Eagle rank even as you read this article.
As we go to press, there are just a few days left for young women to finish their requirements to be part of the inaugural class. We plan to have photos and additional recognition on our website, shortly after the February 8th deadline, all in time to celebrate Scouting’s anniversary on February 8th!