Darien has made history this year with its first ever Boy Scout troop for girls — Troop 219.
The year, so far, has been very productive for the eight girls in the troop, according to Darien resident Susie Flaherty, scoutmaster.
In March, they received a citation from state Rep. Matt Blumenthal, D-147, in recognition for being pioneers and paving the way for future girls in Boy Scouts.
Also, they began working on their Rifle Merit Badge and marched in the Memorial Day Parade for the first time as a troop.
Troop 219 members recently sat down with The Darien Times to share their experiences.
Camping, cooking, fire prevention
Through their troop, the girls participated in the district Winter Klondike at Hoyt Scout Reservation in Redding. They won the skillet cooking contest and were the only troop of girls there.
They also camped out at Camp Sequassen in New Hartford.
Caera Cope, 11, said, “We all cooked together. We cooked pasta with ground beef and chopped onions, tomatoes,” she said.
Through the Boy Scouts, Lara Philip, 11, said that she learned how to set up her tent and plan her meals.
“It’s nice to have independence,” she added. “You get to do what you want. If you do something and it doesn’t work out, then at least you learned.”
Natalie Smith, 10, talked about laying out her tent while at Camp Sequassen.
“We had to put our plastic tarp on so we wouldn’t get wet. We moved the tables and we laid it out and Maddie said to fold it over,” Natalie said. “It got really warm in the afternoon, then it got super cold at night and there was mud everywhere. You could literally go swimming in the mud.”
Kate Johnson, 11, said she learned how to shoot through the Boy Scouts, which is now called Scouts BSA.
“We arrived at the gun range and the person in charge gave us instructions on how to shoot,” Kate said. “There was a line and we couldn’t go past it until he said to go in the shooting range. After he gave instructions and we got our headphones and blocks of bullets, we went to a shooting table and shot a target that we had put up.”
All the girls in the troop currently have the rank of Scouts and are working toward earning the next rank, which is Tenderfoot. They progress through each rank by completing a variety of achievements. They meet weekly at the Darien Boy Scout cabin.