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Madras Elks members charter new Scout Troop for local girls ages 11 to 17 years old

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 - The first two members of the new local Scouts Troop are Caitlin Jones, left, and Evelyn Montgomery. The mothers behind the girls are Scoutmaster Laura Jones and Assistant Scoutmaster Kate Montgomery.

The Madras Elks has chartered another Scout Troop. This new troop will be for girls ages 11 to 17 years old.

The first two members are Caitlin Jones, left, and Evelyn Montgomery. The mothers behind the girls are Scoutmaster Laura Jones and Assistant Scoutmaster Kate Montgomery. Pictured, Caitlin and Evelyn show their Arrow of Light awards that they earned as Cub Scouts, which they received during a ceremony held Sunday, June 13 at the Erickson Aircraft Collection.

One door that this new Troop offers is the availability for female youth to work diligently to earn the Eagle Scout award.

According to local Scout leader Lorraine Martinelli, Scouting is designed to be a family adventure. Cub Scouts begin at the kindergarten level and go through fourth grade.

Scouting families, including sisters, mothers and grandmothers of Cub Scouts, have been actively involved. Reading through the origins of Scouting, there was much co-ed, full family involvement from the very beginning – just as there is in education, church and other social organizations. Scouting has had co-ed options for teens and young adults for many years – this is not a new concept.

Families are encouraged to join the Scouts. For more information on scouting, visit beascout.org.


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