Eagle Scouts are rare because of the challenging requirements necessary to achieve the lofty rank. All Eagle Scouts have been young men so far, but Bishop Lynch sophomore Campbell Timmons is working to become one of the first female Eagles in the country.
In 2017, the Boy Scouts announced they’d welcome girls into their new Scouts BSA program, and Timmons joined in February 2019. She’s one of 800 young women across the country working to achieve Eagle status.
“I have wanted to be a Scout for the majority of my life,” says Timmons, a member of Troop 890. “The best things about being a Scout are the friends I have made and the skills I have learned. I love the outdoor and camping adventures that come with being a Scout.”
Timmons never joined Girl Scouts, but that doesn’t mean she didn’t relish the support of females her age.
“There are about 40-50 girls on the girls’ side of Troop 890, and they are some of the best friends that I will ever make,” Timmons says. “I have become friends with some of the boys in the troop as well. They were very welcoming to us. I like the Boy Scouts better because I feel like the program is more suited to the things that I am interested in. I always liked a challenge, so working toward Eagle was my goal from the start.”
To become an Eagle, candidates must serve as a Life Scout for six months and lead a service project within the community. Timmons’ project involves helping Highlander School — where she attended from preschool through sixth grade — prepare to welcome students back safely during the pandemic. She’s designing and ordering new face coverings with the school logo, building industrial hand sanitizer dispensers, creating classroom silverware kits because kids will be eating in classrooms and distributing school supplies while teachers sanitize their spaces.
Demonstrating leadership and organizing volunteers is part of the process to becoming an Eagle Scout. Timmons’ crew includes Ursuline sophomore Ruby Farley, St. John’s sixth-grader Lukas Farley, Alcuin School sophomore Stanley Turner and St. Thomas seventh-grader Cooper Timmons.
“When children stay safe, they get the opportunity to actually go to school in person,” Timmons says. “The teachers are going to have to be responsible for keeping the students’ masks on, and that will be an extra challenge, along with engaging and teaching the kids. If the kids are stuck at home, then most likely, the parents are going to have to do most of the organizing work for the children.”
In 2019, 61,353 young men earned the rank of Eagle and led volunteers to complete 8.5 million hours of work in service projects all over the country. When her project is finished, Scouts BSA will add at least one “young woman” to that total. Timmons says she’ll feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from pushing a task all the way to completion.
“I will feel like Highlander is successfully ready to go back to school, and the teachers will be at ease because they don’t have to organize their school supplies, worry about masks and have hand sanitizers all over the school,” Timmons says. “I am making a step-by-step list of how to do my project for next year. I hope someone will be inspired to jump in and volunteer to do it.”
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