First all-girl troop attends Merit Badge University at USI

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Saturday a group of local girls made history. 

“They are eager to learn things, they are eager to share their knowledge,” said native trails advancement chair Fred Hassman,”Watching them throughout the day, they were having just as much fun as the boys were.”

In a crowd of hundreds they stood out attending Boy Scouts of America’s Merit Badge University apart of the troop. 

“February 1st was the date girls could join the scouting program,” said Hassman. 

The organization made the historic decision to welcome girls into their youth program and a handful of girls in the Tri-State jumped on the opportunity. 

“It’s a privilege cause were the only girl troop here,” said Emily Nurrenbern. 

“Most of us have a dad or brother in boy scouts, some kind of grew up with it and to be able to do it now just with us its alot better, we can do more,” said Sara Steurer.

They spent their day participating in the first aid class getting hands on valuable experience.

“That’s the beauty of it. They’re in there doing the same things the boys have been doing all these years and they’re really enjoying it, they’ve having a ball,” said Hassman. 

While the organization’s decision came with controversy, the girls say the opportunity is life changing. 

“It’s a learning experience. It’s a once in a lifetime. You only get one chance to prove yourself, prove to yourself that you can do it,” said Nurrenbern.

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(This story was originally published on February 16, 2019)

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