(The Hill) – A group of 17 girls in Pennsylvania have formed one of the nation’s first all-female scout troops since the Boy Scouts of America began accepting girls this month. Chester County’s Troop 19 held their first official meeting in recent weeks, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which reported that the troop is the nation’s first. A spokeswoman for the Boy Scouts of America noted to The Hill that the national organization has not officially identified a first all-girl troop. Melissa Pendill, the troop’s scout leader,

told the Enquirer that the girls in her troop, some of whom are also in the Girl Scouts, are “trailblazers.” “They just want an opportunity, and it’s available, so they’re grabbing it,” she told the paper. The parent organization, Boy Scouts of America, began officially allowing girls to join the Boy Scouts at the start of February, and are rebranding it as “Scouts BSA.” Girls joining the organization are required to be part of all-female troops, according to the Inquirer. READ MORE

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