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there are some things we may not be able to get people to, but we’re going to do our best. It’s all about making opportunities available for everyone in Scouting. That’s what Scouting’s all about.” Everyone? As a matter of fact … When 17-year-old Jenny Welles


last checked, girls were allowed in the Boy Scouts of America’s Venturing program, but past jamboree planners might as well have put up a “No Girls Allowed” sign. Next summer, that will change. For the first time, the BSA has


invited girls in Venturing to its signa- ture event. Welles, a Bay Lakes Council Venturer and past Area Venturing president, said it’s about time. “In 2010 my brother went [to the jamboree], and he had a lot of fun, and I was super-jealous that I couldn’t go. And now, next year, it seems like it’s gonna


What’s a Scout event without a hike? Patrick Wilson (blue shirt), a volunteer Order of the Arrow Service Corps Guide at the Shakedown, leads Scouts on a five-mile hike. The destination: Garden Ground, also known as the top of the Summit. Once there, partic- ipants take part in Sunday worship services and a mock-disaster drill, complete with a simulated evacuation by helicopter.


be even better with all the high-adven- ture stuff.” Welles said she enjoyed her time


in Girl Scouts, but she craved high adventure. Her mom told her about the Venturing program, which led her and some friends to start a crew


as soon as they turned 14. These days, Welles’ crew frequently spends time whitewater kayaking in Wisconsin. But next summer’s jamboree will offer the girls a chance to kick it up a notch in West Virginia’s New River Gorge. “I’m glad that they’re starting to


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