Girl Troops Join Boy Scouts Summer Camp in the Poconos

POLK TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Some scouts are enjoying the great outdoors at summer camp. But this time around, girls are in the mix.

More than 100 Scouts BSA members are spending the week at Trexler Scout Reservation near Brodheadsville.

"It's pretty fair. I think it's pretty good. Everyone is getting a chance at everything. Us girls get a chance at seeing what the boys have to do with challenges and the boys can still settle down and keep their rank and stuff so it's pretty fair," said Jessica Lynch, 13 years old.

Troops are participating in all different kinds of activities.

Newswatch 16 caught up with a group getting ready to run through the woods and get a little muddy.

Scoutmasters think it's great that the program is open to both young men and young women.

"It's fabulous. All the girls, the boys, they are all scouts when they come here. They are working together, having a great time and the whole thing is going beautifully," said Scoutmaster James Feurstein.

Some of the girls tell Newswatch 16 one of the most exciting parts about this camp is being able to do things they were never able to do before.

"We've been doing weather working. We've been swimming, learning aquatics. We've been learning about camping, like how to put out a fire correctly, stuff like that," said Lynch.

"I've done knot tying, I went swimming in the lake," said Maggie Lowther.

Maggie Lowther, 12, from Mount Pocono thinks it's important for girls to be included.

"We need exercise. We need to be in nature more and just do more things," said Lowther.

If you'd like to learn how to enroll your child into Scouts BSA or more about the summer camps, click here.


  • Dean Whinery

    A Scout is a Scout is a Scout. The BSA has simply joined the rest of the Free World, where Boys and girls have been part of the same program for many yeafs.

  • yabbadabbadude

    It just goes to show what dire financial straits Scouting is in since it’s been hijacked by the left – they have to combine the girls with the boys in the name of ‘equality’, of course which will never happen because of our biological differences. I thing Scouting will be dead by 2030 at the latest. Thanks lefties, for killing a good, wholesome, American institution that was once a stepping stone for making responsible, self-sufficient American citizens of both genders.

  • Michelle Meaney-Demarsh

    These girls are amazing! Many of them have been at scouts with siblings in the past and were glad to finally attend on their own merit! I really love that I know them and I have a scout thriving in a different troop and know there will be many Eagles in our new future.

  • Bob Stevens

    How long until we have a news story of a scout master diddling a girl scout? or do they just prefer the boys like the priests?

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