First local Scouts BSA troop launches in Houston County


Girls from across Houston County formed the first all-girl troop in the area this month and joined more than 10,000 trailblazing girls across the country who are now part of the Boy Scouts of America’s (BSA) most iconic program.

Five girls from the Houston area became the founding members of Troop 531, which is sponsored by American Legion Post #423. Several other all-girl troops are currently forming in the nine-county region served by the Boy Scouts of America Gateway Area Council.

Some of the girls who plan to join Troop 531 are coming from the BSA’s Cub Scout program, which opened to girls ages five-10 in 2018. Since then, more than 77,000 girls have joined the Cub Scout program.

The new troop is also seeing interest from young women in the community who are joining a BSA program for the first time.

Girls will be able to work towards the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout as well as experience countless outdoor adventures and build their own leadership skills.

Girls and families who are interested in learning more about Scouts BSA or joining a troop near them are invited to contact the Gateway Area Council Scout Service Center at 608.784.4040.

About the Gateway Area Council

The Gateway Area Council provides programming to 7,800 youth throughout a nine-county region of Western Wisconsin and Southeast Minnesota with the help of nearly 850 adult volunteers. Gateway Area Council Scouting programs take place in Buffalo, Crawford, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau, and Vernon counties of Wisconsin and Houston County, Minnesota. For more information, visit

About the Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America provides the nation’s foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training, which helps young people be “Prepared. For Life.®” The scouting organization is composed of nearly 2.2-million youth members between the ages of five and 21 and approximately 960,000 volunteers in local councils throughout the United States and its territories. For more information on the Boy Scouts of America, please visit


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