NEWARK, NJ — Scouts BSA Troop 19 of St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills and four other pioneering Scouts BSA Troops were honored by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders with a Resolution to celebrate the first anniversary of their founding in February 2019. The Troops were recognized for the scouting legacy they have established for generations of girls to come.

"A path never taken will always have its bumps, and yet, we have all come so far. Here, right now, I see five powerful female troops, overcoming the challenges that come with being a girl in an organization synonymous with boys. All of us have had our own wild and exciting stories and unique journeys that have brought us here today," said Troop 19 Founder, Riya Tyagi, who represented all female Scouts of Essex County by publicly addressing the Board.

"As these Scouts stand here before you, you are witnessing pioneers who are making the impossibilities of the past, the reality of the future." said Scoutmaster Daniel Cannon referring to the progressive admittance of girls into the Scouts BSA program and whom are on their own individual journey to secure the coveted rank of Eagle Scout.

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Each Scout received a personal copy of the Resolution, and the event, attended by over 100 Scouts and Scouters, received televised media coverage. To see News 12's coverage, including an interview with Troop 19 Senior Patrol Leader Bridget Lomax, visit

Upon receiving the Resolution, "I am so happy I joined this troop!" said, Scout Robyn Ulrich, who joined Troop 19 in the fall of 2019.

If you would like more information about Troop 19, please visit their site at https://shorthills19.mytroop.u...

Scouts BSA Troop 19's scouting program serves girls that are 10 years old and in 5th grade until the age of 18.