Maddy Agers is not your average Boy Scout. For one thing, she’s a girl.
For another, there’s not much average about her. She conquered her dreams to be editor-in-chief of her own pop culture site by age fifteen. She hits red carpet events, interviews some of her favorite Christian Indie stars, and chats with talents in coffee shops.
She’s even a budding entrepreneur. According to her, almost all her spare time goes into her business of helping other small businesses with social media.
What else makes her unique in Scouting? Unlike many kids who start in the Boy Scouts of America program, she thought she’d hate it. She’d tried Girl Scouts, and it wasn’t for her. (Though, she believes it is for many girls.)
“Nevertheless, I went, mostly to prove a point to my parents that I was going to hate it,” she says in an article she wrote for The St. Louis Dispatch. “But less than 24 hours later, I called to let them know that not only was I having an amazing time, I’d also been elected to a leadership position in my district of about 81 people.”
Scouting, she said, helped her gain confidence.
“The Boy Scouts’ approach to leadership and adventure is why I initially joined,” she said in her own article. “The tangible changes that affect me in my everyday life are why I stay.”
With Scouting, she’s utilized her own media-savvy interests. She was elected as her district’s vice-president of communications, and she served in communications at a district, council, and Central Region area level.
“I also served on the Media Escort team this Summer at the National Jamboree where I coordinated interviews and a Presidential visit,” she said.
So, how did Agers, a female Scout, feel when they made the announcement to include girls in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts?
“Originally, I was nervous,” she said. Her brother was a Boy Scout, working towards his Eagle, and she hoped there was a place for boys to be boys. However, as more information came in, she realized things could stay separated and the opportunity could benefit girls.
Maddy Agers explained that the Boy Scouts of America organization is not just for boys or outdoorsy girls. A girl can join STEM Scouts or further her career goals through venturing.
“I grew up looking for adventure and leadership opportunities but did not find the right fit in other Scouting programs,” she said in her article. “I’m incredibly thankful that this did not stop me from joining the program that fit me.”