Boy Scouts of America to officially welcome first class of girls

TOLEDO — The Erie Shores Council of the Boy Scouts of America will host an event to celebrate the launch of the Scouts BSA Program on Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Camp Miakonda, 5600 W. Sylvania Ave.

“This is an opportunity to celebrate a historic moment in scouting and to learn more about what scouting offers families,” said Erie Shores Council Scout Executive/CEO Ed Caldwell. “As we enter our 109th year of scouting, the Boy Scouts of America will be expanding the values based, leadership program to young ladies.”

All-female troops are forming now and will officially launch on Friday.

“This is a great opportunity to hear firsthand from families and youth on what expanding our programs means for them,” Caldwell said of the Friday event.

Doors open at 5 p.m. with program from 5:30-7 p.m. The first 115 in attendance will receive a limited-edition Erie Shores Council “Scout Me In” patch.

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Under the leadership of approximately 2,500 adult volunteers, the Erie Shores Council provides a values-based, character education program for youth in our community, including Cub Scouts (first-fifth grades), Scouts BSA (sixth-12 grades). In addition, Erie Shores Council offers Exploring and Venturing which are co-ed programs for youth 14-20 years old who seek opportunities to “explore” fields of career interest, or wish to participate in high “adventure” activities.

Erie Shores Council serves more than 6,000 youth throughout Wood, Ottawa, Sandusky, and Lucas counties, including Swanton. Erie Shores Council owns two camps which provide outdoor education and camping experiences for Scouts and non-Scouts alike.

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