NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio – Being a Boy Scout is all Naomi Amiot dreamed of.
“I feel like it’s part of my own skin when I put it on. It’s part of me. I’m feeling good. It’s wonderful, ”she said, buttoning her uniform top. “I remember growing up in my brother’s pack. I did all the activities. I was going to camp with my brothers in the pack.
She says it was the pack that helped her grow into a little girl.
“I have learned more practical skills from BSA Scouts than in much of my life.”
But she says because she’s a girl she’s been left behind.
“I once asked my mom when am I allowed to join? But I couldn’t. When they joined the troop, it was like so good now and for me? It was weird watching my troubles grow old and move on without me. It was like I was sitting still while everyone was still moving, ”Naomi explained.
Her mother, Jodie Amiot, says she and her husband were torn trying to make sure their sons and daughters feel supported.
“Knowing that she wasn’t a member of the group was hard… you might be wondering I shouldn’t be involved with the boys in the pack so she and I can do stuff together, but you don’t want to do that, “she said.” I’m teaching all of my kids, every one of my kids to be the best version of themselves they can be. Part of the challenge is also figuring out who you are so that you can achieve it. . “
To help cope and find her own pack, Naomi joined the Girl Scouts but said “it wasn’t really for me.” Then the news came that the Boy Scouts of America would allow girls to join. Soon after, her mother jumped into action by founding Troop 7335 with Naomi.
“It wasn’t even a question like my husband and I knew that if she wanted to do it, we would create a troop for her.
The troop reports to the Boy Scouts of America Great Trail Council, which serves Medina, Portage, Summit and Trumbull counties.
“What we’re looking to do is give girls who have experience in Scouting with their brothers the same experience as their brothers,” said Shannon Sinex, Field Director of the Great Trail Council of Boy Scouts of America. “We are not trying to compete with Girl Scouts. They are very popular here and are excellent. This is just another option. “
His next adventure
For the first time since Boy Scouts of America announced that girls are welcome, the Great Trail Council of Northeast Ohio is hosting a recruiting event called “Her Next Adventure”. The event will take place on Saturday May 8 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Camp Manatoc, located on the peninsula.
Girls in Grades 5-9 who are not currently enrolled in Scouts are invited to participate to see what a Scout is. The event will take place at Camp Manatoc, located on the peninsula. Activities will be BB, archery, Dutch oven cooking and rock climbing. Lunch will also be included.
For those who have registered, you will need to bring a completed COVID pre-screening form as well as parts A and B of the medical form for all participants (youth, adults and staff). Part C of the medical form is not required. The forms can be downloaded online. To access, Click here.