Juliana Cimral, the founder of the all-girls Scouts BSA Troop 555, earned her Eagle Scout rank Oct. 8, making her one of the first girls in the nation to do so.
Cimral started out as a Girl Scout, but the activities were less interesting to her than what her twin brother was doing in the Boy Scouts.
In 2018 she started a BSA Explorer Club, as a way to participate in Boy Scout activities. That group of girls became the foundation of Troop 555, affectionately called the Triple Nickles, which became an official troop in February 2019 when the Boy Scouts opened their organization to all genders and changed their name to Scouts BSA to reflect it.
"When they announced that girls would be allowed to join, it was just kind of an obvious choice," she said.
Cimral said there were definitely girls who, like her, were interested in joining, but starting a troop wasn't easy.
"It was really difficult to find older girls and get other troop leadership," she said.
But that didn't stop her from leading her troop on numerous activities and service projects.
"It's made me really come into my leadership," she said.
Cimral said she wouldn't have considered herself a leader before joining Scouts.
"I really like working with our troop and I've gotten the chance to work with Cub Scouts," she said. Cimral wants to major in education, so working with younger kids has been a great experience for her.
All Scouts working to obtain the Eagle Scout rank must complete an Eagle Project.
Cimral said the project must benefit a group or organization other than BSA. It also requires a project proposal, fundraising and a final report.
Cimral and her volunteers dedicated 165 hours to making and distributing 25 mason bee houses in West Linn.
The project was funded by the West Linn Lions Club and sponsored by the Willamette Neighborhood Association.
A mason bee house gives the mason bees — nonstinging, pollinating bees — a place to reproduce and gather pollen and nectar for their young.
Cimral finished the project in September, then had it review by the board and officially became an Eagle Scout on Oct. 8.
"It's definitely a big accomplishment, and I feel very relieved that I got it done," she said.
Cimral said she plans to remain active with Scouts BSA.
"Since I turned 18, I'll register as an assistant Scoutmaster for my troop," she said.
And once she goes off to college Cimral said she will get involved with a local troop there.
"(Scouts BSA has) definitely made me more confident in myself and my leadership," she said.
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