First Female to Move From Webelo to Scout in Washington Township Scouting History

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Pictured: Bear Den Leader Matt Ruggieri and son Jonathan, Assistant Pack Master Jason Seery, Cub Scout Julia Totora, Munira Mehta, Shiraz Mehta, Yusuf Mehta, Sanaa Mehta and Freeholder Simmons

By: SNJ Today Staff

WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Gloucester County Freeholder Heather Simmons recognized Washington Township Cub Scout Pack 220 for being one of the first to allow females to become members and having its first young woman, Sanaa Mehta, cross over from Webelo II to Scouts BSA.

Last February, for the first time in the history of the iconic program, the Boy Scouts of America is open to both young men and young women and Washington Township Cub Scouts Pack 220 was chosen to participate as one of its pilot programs.

“By welcoming both girls and boys into the program, even more youth will have access to the character development and values-based leadership that Scouting promises,” the Boy Scouts of America’s website states.

“We congratulate Washington Township Cub Scouts Pack 220 for opening the door as one of the first scouting units in the region to participate in this modern initiative, and, we congratulate Sanaa Mehta as the first to earn her Arrow of Light as a Cub Scout and cross over to Scouts BSA,” Freeholder Simmons said in a statement.



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