Troop 19 user Josie Provencher tosses a log during the log hurling place for the Klondike Derby. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)
It’s Lily Rohner’s very first time contending into the Klondike Derby in the Horseshoe Scout Reservation in Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania. Think about the derby as a battle of this bands for scouts. Troops pull embellished sleds full of gear across the camp, doing scouting tasks — such as for instance medical and fire building — for points.
Champions get ribbons and bragging liberties.
Lily, 10, and her number of friends understand they’re at a drawback. That’s so they haven’t learned everything some of their male peers have because it’s only their second day as official members of Boy Scouts of America.
The Boy Scouts changed its name to Scouts BSA on Feb. 1 as a result of the organization’s decision to open its flagship program to girls. The advertising company remains the Boy Scouts of America and troops inside the Scouts BSA program are solitary sex, all-boy or all-girl, many years 11 to 17. The troops intermingle at events just like the derby.
A couple of thousand girls have actually already signed up for Scouts BSA across the national country, in line with the organization.
But during the Horseshoe Scout Reservation at the time following the title modification took effect, Scouts BSA Troop 19, situated in Marshallton, Chester County, may be the only girls troop noticeable in an ocean in excess of 100 men. (more…)