All-girl Cub Scout den is the first of its kind in Mount Baker Council

Rules that allow girls in the Boy Scouts creates memories for local family
By Dan Aznoff | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: Dan Aznoff Ten-year-old Dean Davis helps his little sister adjust her uniform before the meeting of the all-girl Cub Scout den that is part of Pack 121 that meets at Silver Lake Elementary School. Dean is accustomed to having his sister around because she has tagged along on hikes and camping trips the boys took before girls were allowed to join the Boy Scouts.

Monday nights are something that Emily Davis and her six-year-old daughter Grace will laugh about in 20 years.

That’s because Monday nights are the one day every week the mother-and-daughter combo put on their uniforms to be part of the Daisy troop of Girls Scouts that meet in the cafeteria at Silver Lake Elementary School. Then, almost in unison, the Davis girls excuse themselves from the snack table to change into their Boy Scout uniforms.

Grace and three of her energetic friends are part of the first all-girl Cub Scout den in the Mt. Baker Boy Scout Council. Emily serves as the adult leader for both youth groups.

“It was just assumed that I would be the den mother,” Emily said.

The Boy Scouts of America organization changed its 100-year-old charter last fall to welcome girls to become Cub Scouts and to be eligible to earn the coveted rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest honor.

"We believe it is critical to evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children," said Michael Surbaugh, chief executive of the national Boy Scout organization.

The change in scouting was welcome by the Davis's, who have dragged Emily along with her 10-year-old brother Dean to Boy Scout activities.

“Grace has been one of the boys since Dean joined the Cub Scouts in first grade,” Emily said with a smile. “She has gone on all the hikes, on camping trips and all of the other Scout activities with her brother and all the other boys.

“This change is welcome by some families, but it really won’t change anything for us.”

The busy mother explained that boys and girls in her charge are the same developmental level, meaning there is not much difference in range of activities she organizes for the six and seven-year-old boys and girls. But the scout leader has been forced to take a crash course in the requirements for her Cub Scouts to advance in rank.

The all-girl den is part of Boy Scout Pack 121. The pack has a total of 33 members, with 12 Tiger Scouts, 11 Cub Scouts and 10 Webelos, according to Gabrielle Hillgrove, a volunteer with the Mount Baker Council. The pack has been chartered for 47 years.

“The council is very proud that the girls have been part of making history right here at home,” Hillgrove said. “The girls in the den all have strong ties to Scouting.”

Grace is the latest member of her family to carry on the Scouting legacy. Her 10-year-old brother Dean also belongs to Cub Pack 121. Her father Steven Davis is an Eagle Scout, along with his maternal grandfather and great uncles dating back to the 1930s.

Other members of the den also have strong ties with Scouting. Gretta Collins is following in the footsteps of her father, Joe Collins who was an Eagle Scout in the 1980s and part of the leadership for the Cubs. Gretta’s brother Emmett is a Tiger scout in Pack 121. Their friend Cassandra Ryckman has an older brother who is a Boy Scout.

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