Young women become trailblazing Eagle Scouts

Young women are showing they are just as capable as the boys of earning the Eagle Scout rank, the highest honor in Boy Scouts. Norah O'Donnell has their stories.

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NORAH O'DONNELL: It's hard to become an Eagle Scout. You have to earn it. And for the first time, a group of young women receive the honor. We spoke with a group of them to learn what it means to be first.

KENDALL JACKSON: I don't think any of us really thought this day would come.

NORAH O'DONNELL: The scouts say Eagle is not just an award, it's a state of being.

KENDALL JACKSON: So for me to be a part of that first class and say that I did it, I'm really proud of myself and the other young women that have made this rank. And I think we're all role models.

NORAH O'DONNELL: What is it, Katie, that you set out to prove?

KATIE HUNTER: That girls are just as capable of doing everything that boys are capable of.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Only 6% of scouts ever make it to Eagle. It takes at least 21 merit badges, a large service project and a commitment to leadership.

ISABELLA TUNNEY: As a girl, when I stepped up to leadership positions, I was often called bossy, which is a terrible thing to tell any young girl who is stepping up and trying to help out a group. Scouting taught me how to be a great leader.


NORAH O'DONNELL: For many of these young women, scouting is part of their history.

GABBY MAYREND: My brother is Eagle. My grandpa and his brother are Eagle. My great grandfather, had he not been called off to go to World War II, would have gotten his Eagle.

(SINGING) been a long time coming.


NORAH O'DONNELL: On Sunday, the scouts hosted an online ceremony to welcome the new group of female role models.

LYNDSEY NEDROW: Eagle Scout is so much more than a medal or an award. It's an expectation and a lifestyle that you're a leader and a role model to your community every day of your life. Once an Eagle, always an Eagle.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Sisters Lyndsey and Lauren Nedrow earned the rank together. Lauren, what did you learn about your own abilities, your own power through scouting?

LAUREN ENDROW: I think everyone that's in scouts has a little bit of, I want to change the world, in them.

NORAH O'DONNELL: Aren't they incredible? Nearly 1,000 young women achieved the rank. And we are so proud of each of them.