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Second all-girl Boy Scout Troop forms in Canfield

July 17, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Another all-girl troop is forming and will be the second one in the area. The new troop is expected to be numbered Scout BSA Girl Troop 8025.

"This is the second all-girl troop in Canfield, but it will be chartered to where Boy Scout Troop 25 is," said local Scouting spokesman Mike Kupec. "The other troop is chartered to St. Michael's Church and is where Troop 115 is."

The Boy Troop is technically 9025, but usually known as Troop 25. As the troops are completely different organizations, they each maintain their independence regarding adult leadership, committee and finances.

Helping start up Troop 8025 is Suzanne Heino, who is already involved with Girl Scout Troop 80095, which is made up of girls from Canfield Middle School. She said each troop (Boy Scout and Girl Scout) carries.

"Regarding the difference between the Girl Scouts of USA program and Scouts BSA Program, they are very different programs," she said. "Both offer great benefit to anyone one looking for leadership experiences and lifelong skills for their girls. The Scouts BSA program for all troops are exactly the same with the same ranks and skill requirements. The Girl Scout program offers flexible programming that allows the scouts to work together or on badges that interest them individually. So, if there are girls out there that want to do both programs, they have the ability to, and can learn great skills in the process."

Heino and Lisa Henry have both stepped up to lead the new Troop 8025. Both women are familiar with Scouting from the Boy Scout prospective.

"We both have sons who earned their Arrow of Light in Cub Scout Pack 25 and now are in Boy Scout Troop 25," Heino said. "We have seen what the Scouting experience does for the boys; the girls in our community need that too. We each have 7+ years leadership experience in other youth programs and look forward to building a longterm troop that will last for generations."

The next gathering for a new Scouts BSA Girls Troop 8025 will be Wednesday, July 24, at 7 p.m. in the parking lot at Canfield United Methodist Church, 27 S. Broad St. (RT 46S) on the Village Green. Any girl wanting more information on this Troop can attend, or if they are not able, text either Heino at 330-261-3127 or Henry at 330-519-3752 and they will send an updated schedule and other details.

"The girls' interest and their family's dedication will make the troop grow and thrive," Heino said. "This is a girl led program, where the girls are the youth leaders and will take it upon themselves to advance. They will go through the same ranks and training of the traditional Boy Scout program, with the potential to achieve Eagle Scout. While proceeding through the ranks, the girls will learn skills and have experiences that will last a lifetime. It is a program with a backbone of guidance from many decades of experience within Boy Troop 25."



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