Darien Scouts to honor first female Eagle Scout

Darien's Lindsay Ferretti is set to become Darien Scouting's first female Eagle Scout. The program started girls' troops in 2019. Her troop leader is Susie Flaherty.

Darien's Lindsay Ferretti is set to become Darien Scouting's first female Eagle Scout. The program started girls' troops in 2019. Her troop leader is Susie Flaherty.

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DARIEN — Darien Scouts announced in summer 2019 that it would be starting its first girls troop after the Boy Scouts of America announced it would expand its scouting program.

Now, the 100-year-old program will welcome Marymount School of Manhattan junior Lindsay Ferretti as its first female Eagle Scout.

Ferretti, who also serves a junior fire fighter, said she became interested in joining the program after a ninth-grade field trip with the New Canaan Country School to the Appalachian Trail.

“I wanted to be more involved in more outdoorsy stuff,” she said. Ferretti described the Appalachian Trail trip as “an experience and a challenge that I found to be amazing.”

Shortly after that trip, Ferretti found out that the BSA was opening its troops to girls.

“I joined because I have always loved the outdoors and serving my community. Being able to supplement my Girl Scouts experience seemed like a natural choice,” she said.

Ferretti said she learns valuable skills that are not the same as those she learns with her Girl Scout troop, such as survival skills.

As a founding member of her Scouts Troop 219, she also became a Senior Patrol Leader which serves as a role model for the younger members.

Ferretti said when she decided to join the troop, the Eagle Scout rank was always her end goal.

“When I start something I like to see it all the way through because I love the feeling of completing a challenge. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in BSA,” she said.

Ferretti was inspired to focus on fire safety for her Eagle Scout project because of a news story she read in middle school.

“There was a fatal fire in the Bronx. Stove burners ignited a first floor apartment. When the apartment’s occupants fled, they left their apartment door open. The building’s stairway acted like a chimney, allowing the fire to quickly spread throughout the building,” she said.

Ferretti said if the door had been closed, many more could have survived the fire.

“The fact that something so seemingly simple as closing a door could make a difference between life and death, and could have prevented this tragedy struck me hard. Closing the door could have made a huge difference for those people,” she said.

Ferretti’s Eagle Scout project involved creating bright yellow markings on poles to make them highly visible. Though yellow markings have been placed on telephone poles to help locate the hydrants, many of those markings have worn away or have disappeared with the replacement of poles, she said.

She completed the work on May 1, having marked over 60 poles in the Noroton Heights area.

“My work included organizing and leading teams of volunteers to paint new bright yellow markings on telephone poles, and re-paint faded markings, in order to make the locations of hydrants very clear for firefighters — with the intention of decreasing response time,” Ferretti said.

Ferretti also earned her Girl Scout Silver Award with a project on fire safety and created a pamphlet after meeting with the fire marshal and some members of the Noroton Heights Fire Department.

When she turned 16, she joined the Noroton Heights Fire Department, as an in-line probationary firefighter.

Her work in the department gave her a deeper insight into fire safety, specifically what impacts firefighter response time. She learned that locating fire hydrants, especially when they are covered with snow, “slowed response time significantly.”

Ferretti said she also intends to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest in Girl Scouts, by adding yellow markings on the roadways as well. However, she added that takes a few more steps and permits.

Ferretti’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor will likely be in July, she said.

“To earn the Eagle Scout rank, I mastered a number of skills, demonstrated leadership and completed a service project that will help my community for years to come,” she said.

Troop 219 leader Susie Flaherty said that “young people respond to a passionate role model who is not only committed to the role but is also fulfilled by it.”

“Lindsay knows the value of personal achievement when it also benefits others. She is a genuine and kind leader who gives the Scouts of Troop 219 a powerful example from which to grow,” she said.

Fire Marshal Bob Buch said even though the fire departments have a digital mapping that shows the fire hydrant locations, “this is always a helpful project for us.”

“There are times that we still need to rely on our ‘old fashioned’ methods of locating fire hydrants,” he said. “... When we have snow events, hydrants get buried under plowed snow, and when firefighters go out to shovel it helps to locate them, as well as should our electronics not function, we’ve got a backup for locating them.”

Ferretti, a junior at the Marymount School of Manhattan, has also been recently named a “Young Woman of Distinction” in the YWCA Darien/Norwalk’s annual Women of Distinction honors.

To find out more about Darien Scouting, visit darienscouts.org.