Brentwood United Methodist Church is taking a historic step as they make plans for a new Boy Scouts of America (BSA) troop for young women. The church was among the first in the nation to charter a troop for boys in 1910, when the Scouting movement came across the Atlantic from England. For more than 100 years, Troop 1 has operated continuously at Brentwood UMC.
In 2018, the Boy Scouts of America announced their flagship program would be open to girls aged 11 to 18, beginning Feb. 1, 2019. After interested families came forward in the community, Brentwood UMC agreed to charter a new troop for young women. The new group will operate independently from the historic Troop 1.
Brentwood UMC and the Middle Tennessee Council of the BSA are hosting an open house for any interested young women on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in room A291 of the church.
This troop will be among the first two in Williamson County for young women. Christ Community Church in Franklin has already formed Troop 15 for girls in the southern part of the county. Their first meeting will take place Feb. 4, and 20 young women have already signed up to participate.
The focus of these troops will be to provide opportunities in leadership and outdoor adventure to girls, just as the BSA has done for young men for 109 years.