Two Heritage students became Eagle Scouts on National Boy Scouts Day, on February 8th. They are part of a group of the first 15 girls in the Denver area to achieve an Eagle Scout.
Charlotte started doing Scouting activities when her younger brother started participating in Cub Scouts. She was also a Girl Scout until her school stopped the program. In 2019 in an effort to promote inclusivity, Scouts began allowing girls to join.
“I joined Scouts because it seemed like a lot of fun and something that would be useful to me later on in life. I stayed in Scouts because of the amazing things I was learning,” says Charlotte.
She is one of the first female Eagle Scouts in Colorado after Scouts Boy Scouts of America allowed girls to join in 2019.
“At first I was a little hesitant to join because I was thinking about what people would think, but once I thought it over I was really excited that I could finally join,” Charlotte says.
“One of my most fond memories of scouting is the first summer camp I went to with my troop. It was up in the mountains and every one there was excited to be there. I remember specifically that I was taking a course of the forestry merit badge and it was a really small class. There were three students, including myself, and our counselor. I remember wandering around the forest learning about all the purposes for each plant,” she continues.
In order for a Scout to get their Eagle ranking, they have to complete six achievements and twenty-one merit badges. After that, a Scout must lead a service project to benefit the community. The project is aimed at supporting an organization in your community like a school or religious institution. For her project, Charlotte built a greenhouse at St. Mary’s School in Littleton.
“I built this greenhouse in front of my old science classroom, so that it can serve as an outdoor botany classroom for the students. The produce is all grown with the intent of giving it to the church’s food bank, which I have been volunteering at, and have been holding annual food drives for 12 years. The point of my project was so the food bank could receive fresh produce even after I graduate,” she says.
Leah also achieved Eagle Scout status this year. For her Eagle Scout project, she worked with Denver Water to reconstruct mile markers in Waterton Canyon.
“I run Cross Country and the team frequently runs at Waterton Canyon. However, it was always challenging to gauge distance during runs because there were only a few, barely visible, and mostly inaccurate mile markers. So, for my Eagle project, I installed twelve mile and half mile markers spanning six miles up the trail. It took me about four months to propose the idea and prepare the project. I led teams from Denver Water in drilling properly spaced holes and staging the materials and then I organized and led several teams of volunteers in biking up the canyon and installing them,” she says.
Charlotte, Sophie, and Leah got their Eagle Scouts on February 8, which is National Boy Scouts Day. Considering they could only join scouts in 2019, they did it faster than most boys do. Charlotte is proud to be a scout.
“Girls should be in scouts because scouting is not about yourself, it’s about giving back to a community that has given back so much to you. I don’t think anyone should be prevented from giving back,” she said.
“I cannot overstate how life changing scouting is. Scouts allows youth to get out and be a part of something greater than themselves. It gives them access to the tools they need to lead successfully and explore boundlessly. I’ve discovered passions that I know I’m going to carry with me for the rest of my life and I am so grateful to be a part of paving the way for other girls to get to be a part of that,” she says.
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