Two Lincoln County girls may have become the first Eagle Scouts in North Carolina.
Hannah Hamrick and Abbie Pearson, members of BSA Troop 1987 in Crouse, were officially inducted into Scouting's highest rank in a ceremony Sunday afternoon at the Lincolnton Sportsman Club on Horseshoe Lake Road.
The two attained the honor in just two years. Less than 6% of all scouts achieve Eagle status. To become an Eagle Scout, a scout must have been a Life Scout for at least six months, earn a minimum of 21 merit badges, demonstrate Scout Spirit, and demonstrate leadership. Among those famous Americans who have been Eagle Scouts was Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon. John F. Kennedy was the first US President who had been a scout in his youth, but he never achieved the Eagle rank. The only President who did was Gerald Ford.
The Boy Scouts of America didn't accept girls as members until 2018.
Jenn Hancock, he BSA's national chair for programs said of the two new Eagle Scouts: “This is a powerful moment for these young women, for all Eagle Scouts, and for our nation. People recognize Eagle Scouts as individuals of the highest caliber, and for the first time, that title isn’t limited by gender.”