Good news for girls in Elmhurst who want the chance to learn and practice outdoor and leadership skills. The Girls Outdoor Exploring Club #1 has gotten the green light and will be a part of a pilot program housed under the co-ed Exploring division of the Boy Scouts of America. The G.O. Exploring Club will give girls in grades 6-8 the same opportunities as boys receive.

There are six founding members in Elmhurst, all middle schoolers, who will learn skills such as overnight camping, first aid, and emergency response. In addition, they’ll learn more about citizenship, community service, and career exploration and preparation.

The program allows girls to explore the outdoors and gain valuable leadership skills, ultimately preparing them for BSA’s co-ed program Venturing when they turn 14.

The club will be based out of Christ United Methodist Churh and will be led by John Lothian, a former Scoutmaster, Vanessa Clohessy, and Germaine Yang.

Many of the girls in the G.O. Exploring Club are also Girl Scouts, and some of the club activities will count toward their Girl Scout achievement goals.

One of the club’s goals is to give girls the same access to trained leaders and rigorous programs as the boys have, with the ultimate hope that it will grow Elmhurst’s local Venturing program and prepare the girls for bigger adventures and give them confidence in their outdoor and adventure skills.

Strong youth programs are the bedrock of any good community, and we’re proud that Elmhurst is stepping up to encourage girls to grow and explore. To learn more about what makes our city special, give us a call at (630) 441-5570 or visit our website,