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Local girls become first Eagle Scouts in Utah

Apr 05, 2021 01:10PM ● By Jackie Kartchner

FARMINGTON—Changes in the Boy Scout organization have blessed a group of girls in Farmington and Centerville. They are participating in the Boy Scout program in Troop 27G. The troop was organized in February 2019, sponsored by the American Legion Post 27. 

They started meeting in the old Davis County Courthouse until it was under reconstruction. Then they started meeting in the park or in homes of members and on Zoom. They eventually decided to meet on a regular basis in the garage of one of the girls in Farmington.

The troop has two patrols, each with an elected patrol leader. The patrol names are the Knarley Narwhal, led by Caroline, and the World Class Wolves, led by Jade. A senior patrol leader takes charge of the whole troop.  Patrol leaders change every three months. Senior patrol leaders, who must be first-class Scouts or above, change every six months. Kat recently turned the position over to Tayla.

The wonderful thing about this organization is that “the meetings are conducted entirely by the girls,” said Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Welch. “The adult leaders sit back in the corner and offer support when it is needed. This really trains the girls in leadership skills. They plan all of the activities and campouts.

On Feb. 22, 2021, a Trail to Eagle panel discussion was held. The girls were informed about suggested Eagle projects. The projects have a large variety of options, but must be of service to a non-profit organization.

Two of the girls, Evelyn and Ally, received their Eagle Scout awards on Feb. 20, 2021. They are the first girls to become Eagle Scouts in Utah.

Butterflies have always been a hobby, said Evelyn. “I like teaching people about how to raise monarchs at home.” Her Eagle project was titled Monarch Species Recovery and Milkweed Conservation. 

Ally did her project on suicide awareness and prevention.

A future activity will be blacksmithing in Paul Welch’s backyard and this summer the girls will spend some time at Camp Hunt at Bear Lake.

Girls who are interested in joining the troop can contact Scoutmaster Ronda Mills at 801-888-7338 or assistant Scoutmaster Paul Welch at 801-652-4349.