Meet the first female Eagle Scout in Washington County
WEST BEND, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Times have changed for the Boy Scouts program since becoming more inclusive and even welcoming girls into its troops.
An incoming junior in high school, Alexis Naumann, has recently been awarded one of the highest honors -- Eagle Scout.
“There’s not really many opportunities for girls in Girl Scouts," Naumann explained.
Naumann has been a Girl Scout since she was in kindergarten and has worked her way up. She now manages a group of four other girls.
"I am a founder of my troop and I’m also a patrol leader, which is the top position you can be in the troop," she added.
In 2019, she also joined Scouts BSA, the newly-improved Boy Scouts program that allows girls to participate.
"We’re kind of a sister troop of the boy troop," she explained. "We meet together, we share a campsite, we basically do everything together, but we’re separate.”
It also means girls are able to earn the organization's highest rank, known as Eagle Scout. It's a goal that Naumann has had for a while, and most recently achieved. She has become the first and only female in Washington County, so far, to acquire this recognition.
"More people in the troop are going to look up to you,” she said.
Naumann had to work on a project that would combine every lesson ever learned in scouting. A wooden mud kitchen, a wooden table and wooden outdoor benches.
She now has a collection of 36 badges.
And until now, her proudest badge? The Order of the Arrow; she describes it as an honor society that invited her to join last year.
"You have to be elected by your troop to get into the OA. Then you have to go through an ordeal ceremony,” Alexis Naumann said.
Steve Naumann said his daughter holds a great deal of leadership and responsibility and is thankful she's been able to walk in her family's footsteps (her mother and brother are also Scouts).
“I’m super proud of her. She’s always been a go-getter, she sets a goal, and she will basically stop at nothing to accomplish it," he said.
The unstoppable teen is not done yet -- she's going for the gold!
"I am trying to get my gold award...so that's the highest recognition you can get in Girl Scouts," she added.
West Bend Moose Lodge will be holding a public fish fry fundraiser organized by 12 Scouts Friday June 30 at 4:30 p.m.
Proceeds go toward the National Scout Jamboree, which is when Scouts from all over the nation unite on a trip together.