A new scouting troop is being created strictly for young women, ages 11 to 17 under the former Boy Scouts of America requirements and guidelines. Scouts BSA, as Boy Scouts of America is now known, requires a separate troop for young women.

An organizational and information meeting will be held at the Union Town Office,  567 Common Road, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 6.

The adult leaders for this new unit will be Jim Murphy Jr., scoutmaster, and Mark Abruzese, committee chair. Both men are Eagle Scouts and have more than 25 years of scouting experience. Venture Crew Adviser George Freese will also help lead this new unit. The sponsor of the troop is the Peoples United Methodist Church of Union, which has committed its support.

Murphy said, “women adult leaders are needed for this unit to help the new scouts thrive. It is important to have the new scouts learn the basic foundation of Scouting BSA so that when the scouts reach the upper advancement ranks they will be prepared to not only be the youth leaders of the troop, but of their communities as well.”

Any young woman who wants to participate is welcome, regardless of distance to travel and local school affiliation. The troop leadership will do what is needed to make this a quality scouting unit and to ensure that the aims of scouting; character development, citizenship training and personal fitness, are met and exceeded.

Informal organizing meetings will be held each Thursday starting Jan. 10. Regular meetings will be held starting Feb. 7. Meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the scouting room at the Thompson Community Center, 51 South Union Road.

For more information, contact Murphy at 542-9786 or jhmurphy@tidewater.net.