Scout advocates for increased participation, plus more positive news this week in Scouting

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Sixteen-year-old Emily Green from Chelsea, Massachusetts, has overcome homelessness to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout and advocate for Scouting in inner-city neighborhoods.

As a first-generation Costa Rican American, Emily’s family faced hardships upon arriving in the United States, finding support through Scouts BSA Troop 56 in Cambridge, Mass. Emily and fellow Scouts presented a report to Massachusetts lawmakers, advocating for increased participation in Scouting, especially among girls. Highlighting the program’s benefits in character development and life skills, Emily emphasized the importance of inclusivity, noting the growing number of girls joining Scouts BSA. Her journey from Cub Scout to Eagle Scout has inspired others, showcasing the transformative power of Scouting.

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Passion for Scouting helps Scout defy the odds

Zack Gridley has defied the odds to pursue his dream of becoming an Eagle Scout. Despite his cerebral palsy diagnosis at that age of 1, Zack’s passion for Scouting has driven him to earn over 40 badges with Troop 55 in Little Rock, Arkansas. With the support of his troop and determination, he’s just weeks away from finding out if he’ll achieve the highest rank.

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Sheniece Chappell is an associate editor of Scout Life and Scouting magazines.