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Eau Claire girl to be one of nation’s first female Eagle Scouts

Madelynn Branco will become one of the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts in Feb. 2021. She’ll...
Madelynn Branco will become one of the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts in Feb. 2021. She’ll be the first girl to achieve the Boy Scouts of America’s highest ranking from its Chippewa Valley Council.(Max Cotton)
Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 6:51 PM CST
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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) - An Eau Claire girl is breaking barriers. Madelynn Branco will become one of the nation’s first female Eagle Scouts in Feb. 2021. She’ll be the first girl to achieve the Scouts BSA’s highest ranking from its Chippewa Valley Council.

Thursday, she passed her board review, a final step in achieving the ranking.

When Branco becomes an Eagle Scout in February, it will mark two years since the Scouts BSA started allowing girls to join.

“Just joining two years ago, it really puts into perspective how determined we are to get this done,” she said. “So we’ve only been in scouting two years, it really puts a higher bar for us.”

Becoming an Eagle Scout will culminate years of Branco’s hard work. She had to achieve numerous badges and run a service project.

“Maddie truly epitomizes what we look for in an Eagle Scout. She is incredibly mature, she’s incredibly driven, leadership is in her blood and she’s going to go on and do great things,” said Kathy Wright, the Chippewa Valley Council’s Board President.

At 16, Branco understands the significance of her achievement.

“It’s tremendous. It’s amazing to be a role model for other girls and just show them what to do and how to be a better person and it really makes you think of how to be a better person yourself to help show other people how to be better,” she said.

The day was also bittersweet for the Branco family. Madelyn’s father died a few years ago. Growing up, he was a scout.

“Being an Eagle Scout is a really important aspect of your life and my father wasn’t here to see it. And him watching me now would be amazing and I really miss him,” Branco said.

Branco said she joined the scouts because her brothers are part of the organization.

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