January 27, 2023

St. Agnes Academy senior Elizabeth Ratterree of Scouts BSA Troop 638 became an Eagle Scout last month. Not only is she the troupe’s first Eagle, but she is also the first girl in Sugar Land’s Arrowhead district to receive the organization’s coveted highest rank.

In 2018, Boy Scouts of America became Scouts BSA – a change meant to welcome both boys and girls. In February 2019, young women were allowed to join a new separate group that would put them on the path to becoming Eagle Scouts.

Ratterree was a founding member of Troop 638 – one of the first female Scouts BSA Troops formed in 2019.

“Scouting has given me a lot of unique opportunities and friends that I wouldn’t have had otherwise,” she said. “I hope other girls will be encouraged to step out of their comfort zones and try new things.”

For her Eagle Scout project, Ratterree oversaw a group of volunteers in the design, construction and installation of three lending libraries for the Towne West community. She also received 23 badges of merit and served in several leadership positions for Troop 638, including Senior Patrol Commander.

“Ratterree had very limited time to reach Eagle while dealing with the pandemic during which our force met virtually,” said Sharon Watson, Scoutmaster for Troop 638G. “She was very disciplined, very focused and she knew she wanted to reach Eagle. She was a great squadmate. She continued to teach the younger scouts and remained involved with the force.”

According to the Sam Houston Area Council, only about 6% of all Scouts in the US achieve Eagle rank. The Eagle Scout Award often brings lasting academic and professional benefits.

Ratterree plans to study engineering and applies to The Naval Academy, West Point, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. She is the daughter of Cary and Susan Ratterree of Sugar Land.

Ratterree thanked the scouts of BSA Troop 638, the troop’s founding organization, the Parkway United Methodist Church, their Eagle trainer, Victoria Foss, and their scoutmaster, Laura McDonald.

“Thank you to all the people who have helped me in my scouting journey – I wouldn’t be where I am today without you,” she said.

Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and BSA are two independent and legally separate organizations. The BSA was expanded to include girls; The two organizations did not merge.

The Sam Houston Area Council, BSA, ministers to nearly 60,000 youth in 16 counties across Southeast Texas through the dedicated service and leadership of nearly 20,000 adult volunteers. Scouting is funded entirely by the generosity of our local communities.

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