PVHS student becomes 1st female to achieve rank of Eagle Scout in district


Marina Mitchell completed her Board of Review for the rank of Eagle to become the first female in a St. Johns District (St. Johns County) troop to attain the highest rank in the Scouts BSA program.

What used to be the Boy Scouts program was renamed Scouts BSA in 2019. Marina was one of the 11 founding girls that started troop 291 at Ponte Vedra United Methodist Church on Feb 1, 2019, the first date females could join the program. The troop now has 25 scouts ages 10-16.

Marina led a service project where she and other scouts built picnic tables and benches for the Duval Audubon Society, Crosby sanctuary. She completed 22 merit badges including the 13 Eagle required. She attended the World Jamboree in 2019 and a week of summer camp in 2019 and 2020. She attended a week-long National Youth Leadership Training near Atlanta.

She was scheduled to be a part of a 12-day backpacking trip to Philmont in the mountains of New Mexico, but was canceled due to Covid-19. She is attending SeaBase in March with 13 other scouts and will spend the week on a 70-foot sail ship in the Florida Keys. She has always held a leadership position in the troop, including serving as the Sr Patrol Leader, who runs the troop.

Marina is an honor student at Ponte Vedra High School where she is a member of the Color Guard. She is very active in her church, Our Lady Star of the Sea.