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Allie Primosch, 16, pictured at her Eagle Board of Review with her Scoutmaster Karen Roberson in Oceanside on Dec. 22. The high school junior is the first female Eagle Scout in the city of San Marcos. Photo courtesy of Tom Primosch
Allie Primosch, 16, pictured at her Eagle Board of Review with her Scoutmaster Karen Roberson in Oceanside on Dec. 22. The high school junior is the first female Eagle Scout in the city of San Marcos. Photo courtesy of Tom Primosch
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San Marcos student becomes city’s first female Eagle Scout

SAN MARCOS — A 16-year-old high school junior has become the first female Eagle Scout in San Marcos — something that would not have been possible three years ago — after helping to start a local Boy Scouts of America troop for young women.

Allison “Allie” Primosch, a junior at San Marcos High School, has always chased adventure in the form of hiking, camping and other outdoor activities but struggled to find an organization that offered enough opportunities.

In 2019, she finally had the chance to do all these things and more with the Boy Scouts after the organization finally began accepting young women into its ranks. This positioned Primosch and others within reach of the esteemed Eagle Scout status, the highest rank in the Boy Scouts’ program.

“What I really wanted to do was get out and do outdoor adventures, and I really got to do that with scouts,” Primosch said, describing how her troop did activities like backpacking, camping, and snow camping. “It would be so cool if more girls were interested in or encouraged to be in boy scouting. It’s such a good program, and if you stick with it, you learn so much, but you don’t even realize you’re learning because you’re having so much fun.”

Sixteen-year-old Eagle Scout Allie Primosch, center, is pictured with her brother Tyler, father Tom, mother Sandra and sister Zoe at her Eagle Board of Review in Oceanside earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Tom Primosch
Sixteen-year-old Eagle Scout Allie Primosch, center, is pictured with her brother Tyler, father Tom, mother Sandra and sister Zoe at her Eagle Board of Review in Oceanside earlier this month. Photo courtesy of Tom Primosch

Primosch completed her Eagle Board of Review on Dec. 22 in Oceanside, fulfilling her final requirement to attain Eagle rank. The review involved presenting to a panel of leaders about her community service project — making cat toys for Rescue House, a cat rescue and adoption agency in San Diego — and certifying that she had met all other Eagle requirements, including earning the 21 needed merit badges.

All that remains now is for Primosch to hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor to formally recognize and celebrate her accomplishment with family, friends and other scouts.

“I’ve wanted to be an Eagle Scout since I started with scouts. I wanted to do it to say I did it and get as much out of it as possible. You learn a lot about helping your community; you learn a lot about leadership,” Primosch said.

Troop 700, the female troop Primosch and her father, Tom, helped form back in 2019, started in Oceanside with around 10 members from across North County. According to her father, the troop has since moved to the Vista Optimist Club, and membership has nearly doubled.

“It wasn’t until we found other people of similar interest that we became a troop,” said Tom Primosch. “We are creating this troop from scratch. If [Allie] were a boy, she’d go, ‘where’s the local troop?’ But no, we had to find interested local people and an organization to host them.”

Tom is a former Boy Scout who served as a counselor for the engineering and cycling badges. He said he is very proud of his daughter’s hard work to get to Eagle and was happy to be involved in a troop that profoundly impacted local young women.

The fact that the troop is also woman-led, operating under the guidance of scoutmaster Karen Roberson, is also a considerable benefit, Tom said.

Troop 700 has graduated a handful of other Eagle Scouts from around North County, but Primosch is the first from San Marcos. She had to obtain 14 required merit badges, including first aid, citizenship and cooking, and seven other badges of her choice, such as amphibian and reptile studies.

For many high schoolers, managing schoolwork with fulfilling Eagle requirements is not easy, mainly due to all the paperwork it takes to fill out. However, Primosch said her family and friends’ support helped her stick with it.

“I had a ton of people that were really excited for me,” she said. “That helped me get to the end. It was a lot to balance.”