By Melindah Bush

In February this year, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) began accepting girls into their programs by forming girls-only Troops for secondary school students. The first girls’ BSA Scouts Troop to be formed in Singapore was Troop 1010G at the Stamford American International School (SAIS). Over the past few months, the girls in Troop 1010G have been working hard to earn their ranks and merit badges, and in August they held their first overnight campout in Pasir Ris. Seven Scouts spent the weekend learning how to tie knots, pitch their tents and cook over a fire, while ensuring they complied with the BSA’s Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace policies to protect the environment.

For some of the Scouts, this was their first experience camping outdoors and gave them a chance to build their confidence, as well as their skills. After a successful weekend of camping, the Scouts are looking forward to a fall semester filled with several outdoor activities, including 10-mile hikes, rock climbing courses, swimming tests, beach clean-ups and, of course, more opportunities to go camping.

BSA Scout Troop 1010G is open to girls from all nationalities aged 11 to 17 and is sponsored by the Stamford American International School. Although Troop 1010G is based out of SAIS, girls from all schools are welcome to join and our current members represent more than five different schools in Singapore.

Troop 1010G follows the same BSA Scouting program and curriculum offered to the boys, information for which can be found at: www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa.

Meetings are held every Tuesday night from 7-8:30pm at Stamford American International School, 1 Woodleigh Lane, Singapore 357684. For more information, or to register to join our Troop, please contact our Scoutmaster, Paul Adkins, at paul_n_adkins@yahoo.com.