Troop 223 Seeks Additional Members

By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief

Pacific Palisades-based Troop 223 is seeking additional girls in fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade to join.

Mike Lanning, who has been the scoutmaster of the troop for boys for more than 65 years, is now offering the program to girls.

“Troop 223 is the premier scout troop in the United States,” Brooke Crane explained. “The troop just launched a troop for girls and we would like to invite you to come and learn more about it. We are one of the first troops in the nation to start such a troop.”

Crane added that Scouts is an education program that uses the outdoors as part of the classroom: “We teach girls how to make moral and ethical choices, and our troop specializes in teaching leadership.”

The troop also focuses on teaching independence and self-confidence.

“We will teach your daughter how to be a better community leader, CEO and member of society,” Crane shared.

Girls who join Troop 223 will have the option of earning the rank of Eagle Scout, which Crane said helps get the girls into the colleges of their choice, as well as getting jobs. Girls who choose to pursue this will meet the same requirements as the boys troop, but in a separate setting.

Two parent information meetings are scheduled to take place Monday, October 28, and Monday, November 18, at 7 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Church. A Scout Open House for Girls is scheduled for Monday, December 2, at St. Matthew’s School in the Parish Center at 7:30 p.m.

For additional information, reach out to Crane at

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