Cameron Alexis Caulk, a scout with Troop 91 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, hopes to make history by becoming one of the first female Eagle Scouts in the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) new scouting program.
In 2019 BSA was changed to include females in their traditional Boy Scout program (ages 11-17), that program was renamed Scouts BSA. Since then, Caulk, along with other scouts in her troop, has been working to achieve rank advancements, merit badges and awards. She is currently working on her Eagle Scout project, which entails creating and donating masks to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Caulk is leading the creation of more than 250 of the 1,300 masks DJJ needs.
When asked why she chose DJJ for her Eagle Scout Project, Caulk responded “We were told of a specific need, and because people sometimes have a negative association with DJJ, I knew they would be the last to receive any help.”
“It is so important for the youth of America to research the necessities required to protect those from a pandemic,” said Roberta Riddle, Employee Health/Infection Control Nurse at DJJ. “The service project Cameron is doing will have an impact on the future of America. I think it is also important to note that the masks she will provide will help protect those at different levels of exposure during COVID-19.”
“Cameron is among the very first Scouts to join the new Scouts BSA program and she will be among the very first female Scouts to earn the rank of Eagle Scout in the United States,” said Jerry Hilbish, Scoutmaster of Troop 91. “I am extraordinarily proud of her. Her project exemplifies the compassion that she has for others and is a tremendous example of what a Scout can do to help other people.”
About Troop 91 at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church
Troop 91 is proud to be celebrating more than 65 years of Scouting. Troop 91 was originally chartered on March 8, 1949, at the State St. Baptist Church under Scoutmaster H. M. Bowers. Troop 91 is presently chartered at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church of Columbia, South Carolina. Our goals are to provide a challenging and enjoyable program of outdoor skills, such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and canoeing, plus citizenship and community service opportunities.