Ridgefield's all-female scout troop honors its first Eagles

BSA Troop 19, Ridgefield's all-female scout troop, recently honored its first class of Eagle Scouts during a ceremony at Sturges Park, where the group held its inaugural campout. The scouts honored were: Maya Pereyra, Lisa van Gompel, Caroline Vilinskis, Evia Rodriguez, Gabriela Rogers, Jordan Mooney, Sophie Desmarais, Katie Bitner, Jax Mantione and Adelaine Fincham.

BSA Troop 19, Ridgefield's all-female scout troop, recently honored its first class of Eagle Scouts during a ceremony at Sturges Park, where the group held its inaugural campout. The scouts honored were: Maya Pereyra, Lisa van Gompel, Caroline Vilinskis, Evia Rodriguez, Gabriela Rogers, Jordan Mooney, Sophie Desmarais, Katie Bitner, Jax Mantione and Adelaine Fincham.

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BSA Troop 19, Ridgefield's all-female scout troop, recently honored its first class of Eagle Scouts during a ceremony at Sturges Park, where the group held its inaugural campout.

The scouts honored were: Maya Pereyra, Lisa van Gompel, Caroline Vilinskis, Evia Rodriguez, Gabriela Rogers, Jordan Mooney, Sophie Desmarais, Katie Bitner, Jax Mantione and Adelaine Fincham.

The girls are part of the nation’s first class of female Eagle Scouts, which is also one of the largest in BSA history. Since Troop 19 was founded two years ago, their path to the designation was swift due to determination and hard work. Less than 10 percent of all Scouts achieve the Eagle rank.

To do so, a Scout must plan and lead a group of volunteers to complete a community service project. Troop 19’s projects ranged from improving town open spaces and parks to benefiting local nonprofits.

Commendations were given by Ridgefield First Selectman Rudy Marconi, Connecticut state Rep. Ken Gucker and state Rep. Aimee Berger-Girvalo.

Troop 19 is named after the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gave women the right to vote in 1920.

For more information, visit www.troopwebhost.org/Troop19Ridgefield.