Jaffrey Cub Scout welcomed to newly formed Scouts BSA girls troop

  • Troop 33G members Lilly Tullio and Grace Clark receive Genny Kot at her crossover ceremony from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA on March 5. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton

  • Troop 33G members Lilly Tullio and Grace Clark receive Genny Kot at her crossover ceremony from Cub Scouts to Scouts BSA on March 5. Staff photo by Abbe Hamilton—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 3/12/2020 8:30:41 PM
Modified: 3/12/2020 8:30:28 PM

Cub Scouts from Jaffrey and Rindge crossed over a wooden bridge to meet their new Boy Scout, or Scouts BSA troops, at the Jaffrey Grade School gym last Thursday. For the first time, a girl’s troop stood among the ranks to greet their newest member.

Last in line, Jaffrey resident Genevieve “Genny” Kot approached the bridge with her father, Roger. They paused for a photo, then Genny alone stepped off the far side of the bridge, where Scouts BSA girls Troop 33G members Lilly Tullio and Grace Clark attached olive green shoulder loops to her uniform, commemorating her rise in rank.

“I couldn't be prouder of Genevieve,” Linda Kot, Genny’s mother, said. “She really loves scouting and stuck with it when some of the activities have been challenging for her, personally.”

Linda is the Scout Master for Troop 33G, which formed earlier this year when Kot and Jaffrey Cub Scout Master Shannon Tremblay sought to form a troop for Genny to join when she completed Cub Scouts. Earlier in the night, Genny’s father presented her with the Arrow of Light, an award she’d worked on throughout the past year in preparation for moving up beyond Cub Scouts. Both took vows pledging to set a good example in the community as Scout Masters applied face paint stripes to the scouts.

Cub Scouts have been co-ed since 2018. As of February, girls can participate in Scouts BSA, or Boy Scouts, as well. However, they must form all-female troops, with at least one female leader present at all times.  

“The girls are really enjoying it,” Kot said of the newly formed troop.

Genny had been meeting with the girls’ troop in addition to her Cub Scout pack throughout the year and is now officially the third active member. Kot described the girl’s troop as a nice group of kids with good chemistry, and knows of two more girls interested in attending a meeting.

The girl’s troop has received lots of help and guidance from Troop 33, the boy’s troop in Jaffrey, Kot said, and the two troops have been attending events together this year.

The troop recently made a foray to the Vertical Dreams climbing gym in Manchester and hopes to go camping in April, Kot said.

All three girls plan to attend Camp Wanocksett in Dublin for the first time this summer, she said, and camping with another girl’s troop from Acton, Massachusetts.

“Everybody in [Boy] Scouting from the District on down has been extremely supportive and helpful,” Kot said.

She said that there’s a lot of support in the community for the girl’s troop, even though there aren’t many girls affiliated yet. Girls in Peterborough, Jaffrey, Rindge, New Ipswich, and Greenville interested in joining Troop 33G should contact the District council, or the contact person in their local school district, she said.

Boy Scouts of America recently declared bankruptcy, but local troop activities are business as usual, Tremblay said. National dues have increased due to the declaration and troops and packs are compensating with more fundraising, she said, but the troops are continuing on with their camping, pinewood derbys, and badge activities.  


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