FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Scouts BSA Anthony Wayne Area Council is honoring their first female Eagle Scout.
The Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910, but only in 2019 were older girls admitted into the flagship scouting program.
“We say first female scout of our council, but I look at the scout first," Scoutmaster Michael Skeens said.
Regardless of gender, Skeens says he couldn’t think of someone more worthy of the title of Eagle Scout than Megan Harris.
“Megan is a terrific personality. Her charisma carries over. She’s a leader-servant,” he said.
The 17-year-old Churubusco girl exemplifies "morals, values, charisma, pretty much our BSA what we expect out of every scout,” Skeens said.
“No matter if she’s a female or a male, she was able to reach those goals,” Boy Scouts of America Development Director Tammy Taylor said.
Only about six percent of Scouts achieve the program’s highest rank.
“They have to plan out a project, they have to include their peers and adults to help them put that project together, and that's a lot of responsibility,” Taylor said.
On top of the large-scale community service project, Harris had to earn a minimum of 21 merit badges.
Skeens says she has gone above and beyond just those minimum requirements.
“She also helps with the Cub Scout pack in ‘Busco that has boys and girls. She just has that natural ability to bring people together,” Skeens said.
Harris plans to attend Ivy Tech in the fall before heading to Muncie to pursue a degree in physical therapy.
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