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History made as first BSA troop for girls chartered to Laguna Presbyterian Church

A new mark was made in the 75-year history of Scouting in Laguna Beach on Sunday when ten girls received the city’s first charter for a troop for girls from the Boy Scouts of America.

The girls all have the aim of becoming Eagle Scouts – among the first females who will reach this accomplishment in the movement’s 109-year history.

The troop of girls will share the Troop 35 number with the 75-year-old troop of boys, also chartered to Laguna Presbyterian Church, but programming, meetings, and camping will be separate, as guided by the program of the parent organization, the Boy Scouts of America.

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(L-R) Pam Jensen Troop, committee chair, Hane Heath, scoutmaster for girls, John Hovanesian, assistant scout master for girls, May Chapman, Chloe Duong, Isabel Griffin, Ani Hovanesian, Anneka Neukomm, Alexandra Keyser, Elizabeth Keyser, and Julie Anderson, in charge of family scouting for OC Council of BSA

“Since I was little, I saw my brothers having so much fun going camping, doing archery, and climbing rock walls, and now, I can do the same and work my way toward becoming an Eagle Scout, just like my older brother,” said Ani Hovanesian, one of the new Scouts. 

She and her nine fellow Scouts will take their first official Scout camping trip on March 14 in the Cleveland National Forest.

Boys and girls from kindergarten through age 17 may join Scouts BSA. To learn more about Scouting in Laguna Beach, visit for boys and girls aged 11-17 and for boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade.

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