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Hampton Roads Teens Soar Among Nation's First Female Eagle Scouts

Hampton Roads Teens Soar Among Nation's First Female Eagle Scouts
Hampton Roads Teens Soar Among Nation's First Female Eagle Scouts
Hampton Roads Teens Soar Among Nation's First Female Eagle Scouts
Seven Local Young Women Among Hundreds in the Inaugural Eagle Scout Class

Hamtpon Roads teens Emma Cameron, Payton Deany, Ysa Duenas, Chloe Gaylor, Kaitlyn Roetz, Meghan Sheedy, and Jordan Shirley made history on February 8 when they became some of the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts – a prestigious achievement attained by some of the country’s most noteworthy figures. 

“Earning the rank of Eagle Scout takes hard work and perseverance, and we are honored to recognize these Scouts for this significant accomplishment,” said James Parnell, Tidewater Council BSA Scout Executive. “Along the journey to Eagle Scout, young people gain new skills, learn to overcome obstacles, and demonstrate leadership among their peers and in their communities. These benefits are invaluable for everyone, and we are thrilled that they are now available to even more youth.”

Young women have been part of Scouting for decades in co-ed programs offered by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), including Sea Scouts, Venturing, Exploring, and STEM Scouts. The BSA expanded that legacy further in recent years by welcoming girls into Cub Scouts and then into Scouts BSA last February. Scouts BSA is the program for youth ages 11 to 17, previously known as Boy Scouts. Since then, tens of thousands of young women throughout southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, and across the country have joined the organization’s most iconic program, with many working their way toward the rank of Eagle Scout.

Eagle Scout is the program’s highest rank, which only about 6% of Scouts achieve on average. To earn it, an individual must take on leadership roles within their troop and their community. They must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges covering a broad range of topics, including first aid and safety, civics, business, and the environment. They must research, organize, and complete a large community service project.
In addition to gaining skills that last a lifetime, individuals who earn the esteemed Eagle Scout rank can reference it for academic, vocational, and military recognition, including scholarships and advanced enlistment grade.

About Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America
Tidewater Council is the 5th oldest Boy Scouts of America council in the United States, established in 1911. Today, the Council serves approximately 4,300 youth and 2,100 adult volunteers in the Virginia cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Virginia Beach, and the North Carolina counties of Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Pasquotank, and Perquimans. More information about Tidewater Council is available by visiting, emailing, or calling 757-497-2688.


About the Boy Scouts of America
The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, helping young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The Scouting organization comprises more than 2.1 million youth members between the ages of 5 and 21 and approximately 800,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit

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