Not too long ago, the Boy Scouts of America decided to break more than 100 years of tradition and allow girls to join their BSA and Cub Scout programs. On May 22, Pack 33 of Middlefield and Durham held their annual Blue & Gold event where their very first female Scout crossed over to the older BSA program. Earlier that week, Troop 33G was created. Troop 33G (for girls) and 33B (for boys) are linked so that Scouts can attend events, work together and share resources.
Erica Fenwick, Cub Scout Leader with Middlefield and Durham Pack 33, and a founding member of Troop 33G, stated: “These female Scouts are trailblazing the way for younger girls behind them, including a pathway to ultimately earn their Eagle Scout award. Female Scouts are welcomed, thriving and celebrated in Pack and Troop 33, where leaders are excited to support these Scouts as they work hard on advancement, community service, and leadership opportunities.”
The Middlefield Lions Club serves as the charter organization for Pack and Troop 33. Lynn Johnson, the Lions’ incoming president, and wife of an Eagle Scout, spoke at the Blue & Gold gathering, recalling when women were first allowed to join the Lions Club. Johnson recognized that this was a historic moment for local Scouts and was honored to take part in the event.