New Scouts BSA girls troop raises funds for camping supplies

Posted at 6:03 PM, Feb 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-09 20:03:15-05

MERIDIAN, ID — Let's face it: not every girl prefers slingin' cookies over slingin' hearty plates of flapjacks.

"I did girl scouts for a while but it wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to be outdoors more," said Grace Christensen, Troop 1

Saturday's Boy Scouts of America's pancake breakfast in Meridian brought the debut of a new girls troop.

"I'm actually more after the survival skills-- learning how to make a fire, and make a tent," said Rachel Parrish, Troop 1.

Adventurous types shared why they're stepping into a new uniform: "for the adventure!"

"It's about time that the girls have the same opportunities and experiences that the young men in the scouting troops have had," said Dana Higby, Scoutmaster, Troop 1.

But in order to do the things the boys do, they're asking for help from the community.

"Because we're adding an entirely new group, we're gonna need more gear and stuff for us girls," said Christensen.

"We need more tents and we need more patrol boxes which have got all the camping gear and things like that in it."

They say they hope to make $7500; in order to make experiences these girls say they've always wanted.

"It's just something that's always connected with me and something I've always wanted to do," said Christensen.

"I'm so excited they finally opened up boy scouts to girls, because this has been a dream of mine ever since I knew this existed," said Parrish.

Troop 1 of Scouts BSA is looking to recruit more young women. To learn more, click here.