Illinois girls to be among first female Eagle Scouts in BSA history

Alexandra “Kat” Swaner (left) and Mya Powell

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (KMOX) - Two teens from central Illinois are set to be included among the first girls in the nation to make the honor of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Mya Powell, 15, and Kat Swaner, 16, have completed every task required of them to earn the highest rank and on Saturday they have their final meeting with the Abraham Lincoln Council, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Board of Review. They are members of Troop 1310 in Chatham, Ill. – one of the first female troops in central Illinois.

"It was a little rocky at the start since it was a whole new troop and we all just kind of came together," Powell told News Channel 20. "But it's all fine now. It's amazing."

This is the first year will be the first time that any girl has earned Eagle Scout, after BSA allowed girls to enroll in the more than 100-year-old program in 2018. BSA has decided to make the inauguration of the first class of female Eagle Scouts a special moment, as all Eagle Scout credentials will be dated February 8, 2021 – which is the "birthday" of the Boy Scouts of America.

To make Eagle, a scout must earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, research, organize and complete a large community service project. Their work is then reviewed and must be approved by a review board for certification to be complete.

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