South Texas now has its first-ever female Eagle Scout

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — She spent seven years as a Girl Scout, but in February 2019, 18-year-old Rebecca Simpson decided to take her scouting in a different direction.

“Being in the Boy Scouts was something I always wanted to do to go camping with my brother,” she said.

The Ray High School senior took it to the highest level.

Over the past three years, Simpson has qualified to become an Eagle Scout — the first woman to do so in the 103-year history of the 17-county South Texas Scout Council.

“It’s really exciting,” she said. “It’s also a lot to take in. Honestly, I didn’t expect to be the first.”

Simpson accomplished the feat by doing a lot of camping, but also in community service. His big project was to paint a mural in the Circles of Care playroom for children in need of foster care and adoption to enjoy.

To make sure she wasn’t too stressed balancing her scouting with classwork and her leadership role with her school’s NJROTC, Simpson says she had plenty of support.

“My parents have been a huge help to me through it all,” she said. “And especially my scout leaders from Troop 20 in Portland.”

Simpson’s mother says she will likely be heartbroken when her daughter is officially named an Eagle Scout in a ceremony that has yet to be scheduled.

“She worked very hard for this,” Laura Simpson said. “It’s not an easy thing to accomplish. There are even boys who don’t accomplish it. It’s quite an achievement, and I’m very proud of her.”

The South Texas Council field director is also appreciative of the work Simpson has done to become an Eagle Scout.

“I know she’s an avid go-getter,” James Rangel said. “It’s a great accomplishment for her.”

And now Simpson will head off to college in the fall with an important honor next to his name and a message for other Scouts rising through the ranks.

“I would say good luck and keep doing scouting, because it’s not hard,” she said. “It’s really fun and it’s a great place.”

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