LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)-As of April 6th, Greater Lafayette has its first female Eagle Scout. Erika Hardin is a member of the local Scout Troop 372. She completed her final board review, earning the coveted rank of Eagle Scout. One of the requirements for this includes conducting a leadership project. Erika built bluebird houses for Sycamore Valley out of composite lumber. She had to organize the whole project and see it to completion. Along with additional requirements such as merit badges and service time as a scout.
Erika says a big aspect of her project was patience.
"The process took several weeks," said Hardin. "It was really an off-and-on effort. We had to wait half a week for the lumber to get in."
She encourages anyone currently on the road to Eagle Scout to keep going. She says it will be hard, but the reward at the end will be uplifting.
Eagle Board Member Cindy Murray says this is a momentous occasion.
"This is very exciting," said Murray. "Being a woman myself, being able to be a chairperson for the review board in this district, I've been waiting and waiting for that first girl to come down the line, so I could be able to grant her that."
Murray hopes that Erika will be a mentor to any future Eagle Scouts. She also encourages anyone currently on the path to keep up the hard work.