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Security Health Plan invests in youth scout troop for young women

For the first time in the 100 year history of Boy Scouts of America, young women are able to join the organization. And recently a new troop was formed in the Marshfield area for females between the ages of 11 and 17, Troop 9392.

Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., will invest $1,000 in this new troop, Scouts BSA Troop 9392, as part of its Employee-Driven Corporate Giving grant program. Each month Security Health Plan awards a $1,000 grant to a different charity or organization that is nominated by a Marshfield Clinic Health System employee. Employees are encouraged to nominate organizations making a positive difference in the community.

An anonymous Marshfield Clinic Health System employee nominated the troop for the grant. Julie Degner said the grant is appreciated and she welcomes the support for the newly-formed troop. Degner serves on the committee for this troop and said the young women in the troop are working to strengthen their individual character, citizenship, leadership, mental fitness and physical fitness. She said this organization is giving young females an opportunity to grow their leadership skills in a way that was unavailable to them in the past.

“I am passionate about this organization,” Degner, who previously was an adult leader with cub scouts, said. “I have had the privilege of watching boys and girls in cub scouts grow in the scout law which is: A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Without a Scouts BSA female troop, the young ladies who have been part of cub scouts and are growing in the Scout Law will need to end their participation. As a cub scout leader, I feel it is important that every cub scout, boy or girl, have the same opportunity to participate in the Scouts BSA program. In the end, having young adults in the community who focus on the core values of scouting will be beneficial to our future workforce.”

As a member of the committee, Degner said her role is to allow the members of the troop lead. She is simply there to guide them when her assistance is required.

“My role is to help the troop be successful,” she said. “This group of young women has worked in various ways since the troop’s formation to benefit the greater Marshfield community. These young women will grow in their duty to country and themselves. As part of this organization, they spend time volunteering and giving back to the community. They also focus on their fitness and general health as part of the organization.”

Degner explained scout members are encouraged to be active in the community.

“They are encouraged to discuss community issues with local officials,” she said. “They are also encouraged to learn about an environmental issue affecting the community and determine if anything can be done to fix the issue.”

She said troop members have worked in various ways to benefit the community, including cleaning up garbage, volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House, working with a local organization to place American flags on veterans’ graves and packing meals for families living in poverty.

Degner said money from the grant will be used to fund this female troop of scouts. She said the troop is lacking equipment needed for some of their scouting activities. The troop was formed in February of this year, so they currently borrow equipment when it is needed. She said the funds will be used to purchase things like tents, cooking equipment, first aid kits and water containers.

“As a brand new troop, these grant funds will help this troop be successful, and will help us provide similar opportunities to what other Scouts BSA troops in this area have,” Degner said.
To learn more about Scouts BSA, or to join a troop, go to www.beascout.org. Or call the Samoset Council at 715-355-1450.