MILLBURN, NJ - At Tuesday's meeting, the Millburn Township Committee honored Scouts BSA Troop 19 for their work in breaking down the barriers to entry for the long-time civic and exploratory organization.
The troop is entirely female, and consists of members from Millburn/Short Hills and surrounding communities. In the proclamation, the township committee noted that the troop began with just eight members, and in a short amount of time, has grown by leaps and bounds.
Troop 19 is based at St. Rose of Lima Church, the same facility that houses Troop 17. In its first year of existence, the troop consisted of members Katelyn Cannon, Lindsey Kasmin, Bidget Lomax, Morgan Lomax, Judy Pei, Natally Rios, Riya Tyagi and Hannah Zhou.
Both Scoutmaster Daniel Cannon and Senior Patrol Leader Tyagi made speeches about the troop, and were then presented with the proclamation. Tyagi also led the troop in the scout's pledge.
Speaking with TAPinto after the meeting, both Cannon and Tyagi spoke about the honor. For Cannon, seeing what the girls in his troop have done in such a short amount of time is outstanding to him.
"I'm extremely proud of my girls tonight," Cannon said. They did a fantastic job. Riya Tyagi, 12 years old, senior patrol leader, leading a group of 19 girls. Just think about that."
Cannon also added that every girl under his advisory is enthusiastic about the program, and is not afraid to get their hands dirty in pursuit of merit badges.
And for Tyagi, the honor of being in a leadership position is incredible for her, in the sense that she gets to mold the next generation of leaders.
"When you really grow leaders, it's kind of the idea that if you set examples, other people follow...The entirety of Troop 19 is to grow new leaders and strong people for the community," she said.