WV's first female Eagle Scout talks leadership, volunteering

Frannie Kitzmiller recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America to become West Virginia’s first female Eagle Scout. The 19-year-old freshman at WVU joined Troop 65 here in Morgantown (the Boy Scouts -- Mountaineer Area Council is one of United Way’s funded partners) and completed a community service project working on turning the old schoolhouse building at Chestnut Ridge Park and Campground into a nature center.

Frannie is paving the way for women in our community, state, and across the country. The United Way of Mon and Preston Counties was so impressed with her dedication and leadership skills that we wanted to give her the opportunity to share her story through a Q&A!

Q: What is your history with Boy Scouts, and why did you pick that organization to be part of?

Frannie: My brother went through the Trail to Eagle in Troop 65 here in Morgantown. I saw him have many experiences and adventures. When Scouts BSA became an opportunity for girls, I immediately joined Troop 65.

Q: Was becoming an Eagle Scout always your goal?

Frannie: My goal from the beginning was to become an Eagle Scout. I always strive to be the best that I can.

Q: What’s your favorite part of Scouting and why?

Frannie: My favorite part of Scouting was working as a staff member at Camp Mountaineer during summer camp. I met a lot of great people, and I got to work with younger Scouts.

Q: What do you want to do in the future? What are your goals? What are your next steps?

Frannie: I want to become a nurse in the future. My future with Scouts, I hope to continue to work with younger Scouts either at Camp Mountaineer or as an Assistant Scoutmaster.

Q: Was your family supportive of this endeavor? Do you have any siblings? Do they look up to you?

Frannie: Yes, my family was very supportive of this endeavor. I have an older brother that I look up to.

Q: You are now in an elite group and looked to for leadership. What would you say about that? What would you say to people who might look up to you and want to be like you?

Frannie: Being an Eagle Scout is an honor, a privilege, and a responsibility. As any Scout is taught, you should live by the Scout Oath and Law in your daily lives. This is a good way for anyone to live.   

Q: What could you say about the importance of volunteering and giving back to your community? Why is that important?

Frannie: I have volunteered for promoting STEM education, Mon General Hospital, Winter Weather Posse, Empty Bowls, Animal Friends, United Way Christmas Food and Toy Drive, Camp Mountaineer, and many service projects through Scouts. Giving back to the community is very important. Volunteering not only helps others, but it has helped me grow. I can appreciate things better.