All Girl Cub Scout Den to Make History at April 28th Nationals Game
April 26, 2018
On April 28th the National Capital Area Council (NCAC), Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Cub Scout Pack 873 of Annandale, VA will make history as the first all-girl Cub Scout Den to lead the flag ceremony at the start of a Major League Baseball (MLB) game. For more than 100 years, the Scouts have been called upon to lead the Color Guard at everything from parades and camporees to inaugurations and funerals, but this particular ceremony will be a first for both BSA and MLB.
“We’re incredibly proud to see these new Scouts jump in with both feet and embrace this role,” said Luke Rose, a Den Leader for Pack 873. “This duty is an historic part of the Scouting tradition. To have these girls be the first all-girl Cub Scout group to lead a flag ceremony at a Major League Baseball game in the nation’s capital couldn’t be more perfect.”
Pack 873, chartered by the Canterbury Woods Civic Association, is home to one of 60 all-girl Cub Scout Dens in NCAC to take part in BSA’s “Early Adopter” launch of Family Scouting. In response to the enthusiasm surrounding the decision last October to open the Cub Scout program to girls, BSA gave the go ahead to select Packs to move up their program launch dates to January 2018. While nearly everything that these first Packs of girls do is history-making, the leaders of these Units will readily tell you that Scouting is still Scouting, and these are simply enthusiastic kids enjoying the program to the fullest and fulfilling their duties as defined in the Scout Oath and Law.
“Like all Scouts I know, these girls are eager for new challenges,” said Stephanie A. Herrera, DrBA, Family Scouting Champion and Board Member for NCAC. “They’re the same as other Scouts in that they take their duties and responsibilities outlined in the Scout Oath and Law very seriously. Leadership is at the fore of those responsibilities, and representing the organization in a first and historic manner embodies the core principles of Scouting.”
The game to follow the flag ceremony will feature the Washington Nationals taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks in the National’s first Scout Night of the summer. For many girls in attendance, it will also be their first Cub Scout outing.
“Yes, they’re girls, and they’re amongst the first in the program,” said Dr. Herrera, “But make no mistake, they are Scouts. They are doing what Scouts do. Scouts lead.”
For more information on the game or to purchase tickets, please visit www.nationals.com/Scouts.