These girls are changing the game and could be on track to obtain the highest rank in the Boy Scouts.
The coveted rank of Eagle is only obtained by 4% of scouts. Those who achieve it demonstrate leadership qualities, a commitment with giving back to their community through projects, and lastly character development.
We got a chance to meet one girl who made it her goal.
The room was full of girls in scout uniforms -- except they aren't girl scouts.
Troop 920 out of Valparaiso presented at the Lasalle Council Boy Scouts of America's first board meeting of the year with the Pledge of Allegiance and the Scout's Oath.
You read that right!
As of this month, Boy Scouts of America has a new program, where the highest rank of Eagle Scout can be obtained by boys and girls.
"For the first time in 100 years, the girls can be a part of what used to be the Boy Scout program,” said John M. Cary. “We now call it 'Scouts BSA.'”
Girls are earning the same awards, recognition and badges, and for Emily Long, the battle has been worth the wait.
“Things are changing, and looking up, especially for women,” said Long.
Emily is from Buchanan. She drives nearly an hour long just to be part of the troop.
“My brother wasn't super into it,” said Long. “That's okay, but I was, and I wanted to do it."
She believes in the same values and the oath that she recites with her troop.
“That just kind of fueled this fire,” said Long. “I am going to go and participate."
Along with the girl troop being the first, it's also the 100th anniversary of the LaSalle Council serving youth in Northern Indiana.
“Scouting started here in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan in 1919,” said Cary.
While this is only the beginning for this Scouts BSA Troop, they're appreciative for the collaborative effort for change.
“I'm glad they finally came around, and I think they made a great choice with this,” said Long.
Emily says she might like to work for a National Park when she's older, but right now she wasn't too sure since she's only 17.
But what she does know is that she enjoys being her troop's senior patrol leader.