Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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April 19, 2013

Boy Scout Jamboree to include girls


Four local girls will attend this year's Jamboree, and two are twin sisters who attend George Washington High School.

Perry McGhee, 16, president of a Venture crew, became interested in the program as a child.

"My dad, brother and grandfather were all Eagle Scouts. Scouting was big in my family," she said. "My older brother - I watched him growing up and doing these fun activities. When I was in middle school, I asked if there was a way I could get involved.

"My dad said, 'When you're in high school, you can start a Venture crew for you and your friends.' So my family has had a history with it."

She has been involved with her Venture crew for two years now. McGhee was never a Girl Scout but had enjoyed watching and going to Boy Scout events since childhood.

And now she will get to join fellow Scouts at the Jamboree.

"I'm thrilled; it's going to be a great experience. I'm excited for the high adventure and meeting people from all over. It's a rare experience, especially since it's the first year for it in Fayetteville - in our state - and being one of the first girls ever to experience it."

Perry's sister, Virginia, is the treasurer of their Venture crew.

"I love the whole camping aspect; I love the outdoors," Virginia said. "I'm looking forward to spending 10 days in the woods and excited to meet everybody. I don't have the opportunity to meet people from across the nation very often."

As far as being outnumbered by the boys, Virginia is looking forward to the challenge.

"Being one of the few girls there might be difficult, but I think we can handle it because my sister and I are headstrong enough to hold our own," she said.

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