Scouts BSA is a year-round program for youth 10-18 years old that provides fun, adventure, learning, challenge, and leadership development. Service, and community engagement, become increasingly important parts of the program as Scouts lead their own activities and work their way toward earning Scouting’s highest rank, Eagle Scout. An average of 6% of Scouts achieve the Eagle rank each year.
On February 8th, 2021, the inaugural class of female Eagle Scouts, including nearly 1,000 young women from across the country, were recognized for achieving the Eagle rank. It was far from an easy journey due to the constrained timeline based on participants’ ages and the COVID-19 pandemic; however, these obstacles did not stop them.
Kathryn Tarrer of Troop 372, chartered to St. James United Methodist Church in Buckhead was one such Scout, awarded for her achievement. Kathryn grew up watching her two older brothers participate in Scout activities, climbing through the ranks before earning their Eagle Scout Awards. Upon learning Scouts BSA would begin accepting female members in 2019, she immediately jumped at the opportunity.
Kathryn enjoyed the fun and exciting experiences inherent in a Scout’s journey but it was the essential life lessons and Scouting values that stuck with her the most. One of them was servant leadership which requires responsibility and sacrifice on the leader’s part. As Kathryn explains, “I’d like to be a servant leader by listening to everyone around me and reacting properly to what they said to me, and by making decisions that are the best for everyone around me before my own.”
Kathryn’s humility and passion for Scouting are the reason she is an Eagle Scout today. Reaching such a revered rank is certainly not easy, but it is a truly worthwhile journey that helps shape many young lives like Kathryn. Her dedication and hard work under such difficult circumstances are commendable. Congratulations, Kathryn, on your achieving your Eagle Scout Award!
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