CLINTON — Maryann Burton, Maya Delby, Lola Lawrence Joanna Miner and Savanna Goergen are new, incoming junior high students joining the BSA Scout Troop 7142.
The troop officially launched on Tuesday, May 31, during a Cub Scouts event marking several Cub Scouts leaving the Pack to join the Troops.
Both Troops have their own committees and organizational charts but will work closely together as the girls learn about their Troop. Both Troops also are chartered by Clinton AmVets Post 14, making many parts easier to integrate. The Cub Scout Pack is chartered by Lane Christian Church.
Like the boys’ troop, the girls’ troop is for youth ages 11-17 (6th grade through 12th grade). The girls also will attend summer camp later this summer, taking on camping, hiking and canoeing adventures, among other activities in which scouts traditionally are active.
The girls also can receive the rank of Eagle Scout and will be able to earn any of the more than 130 merit badges, including STEM projects.
The Boy Scouts of America is inclusive for boys and girls, but they are divided into a boys’ troop, Clinton BSA Troop 1142, and now a girls troop, Clinton BSA Troop 7142.
Troop 7142 Scoutmaster Michelle Parac has been a part of Clinton’s BSA Troop 1142 for many years, with two sons, Michael and Matthew, achieving Eagle Scout rank.
Anyone who has girls who might be interested in joining Troop 7142 can call Michelle at (217) 341-9992. They may attend a meeting at the Clinton American Legion Hall on Monday nights. Most meetings are held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.