Monday, February 4, 2019

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Patterson Boy Scouts chartering troop for girls

Bella Ruiz, 12, of Holmes and Emma Davila, 11 of Patterson, two of the
first girls to join the troop

PATTERSON – Girls aged 11 to 17 desiring to participate in community activities that will eventually lead to the rank of Eagle Scout now have that opportunity thanks to Patterson Boy Scout Troop 440 which is chartering a troop for girls.

Scoutmaster Beth Kraemer explained the troop was formed to not only provide girls with an opportunity to “learn outdoor skills as well as character leadership training that Boy Scouts achieve for youth, but also to afford families an opportunity to carry on activities with both their sons and daughters including camping trips that can be achieved as a family.”

Boy Scouts of America recently agreed to allow girls to earn the prestigious Eagle rank, the pinnacle of the Boy Scout experience.

Kraemer explained Patterson Troop 440 sponsored by the Patterson Community Church was previously open to boys only but will now have a parallel girl’s troop. “Some activities will be carried out together while others will be separated under the direction of both Scoutmaster Josef Rosenfeld and myself.”

Kraemer will also continue as assistant scoutmaster of the boy’s troop.

Five girls have already signed up for the new post which is the minimum required by Boy Scout mandate.

Kraemer said they are seeking more girls. The troop meets on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Patterson Community Church at 1062 Route 311 in Patterson.

 


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