Volunteer Spirit: Lile finds her niche as scoutmaster

Natalie Lile, center, serves as Scoutmaster of the all-girls troop of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1281. She and her twin 16-year-olds, Emily, left, and Kyle, right, enjoyed the Governor’s Derby Celebration last weekend. (Photo submitted)

Natalie Lile wears many capes.

By day, she’s a lawyer and mother of twin teenagers. By dusk, she can be found weighing in on the hottest topic at a Franklin County Board of Education meeting, where she has served as District 5 representative for nearly three years.

However, it is her other evening activity — serving as scoutmaster of Frankfort’s first all-girls troop of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 1281 — that has earned her recognition for her volunteerism.

“The organizations I’m involved with right now are focused on kids,” she told The State Journal. “My children are 16, so that is where my heart is right now.”

In the three months since the Boys Scouts permitted girls to join, Lile has nearly doubled her troop’s size to include nine girls and hopes to add more.

“I would have loved to have been a Scout when I was a girl. My son is a Scout and his twin sister always wanted to be a Scout,” she said. “As soon as we heard they were letting girls form troops in February, we knew we had to jump in feet first.”

So far the troop has hosted one campout — with more planned over the summer months — and completed two volunteer projects.

“It is important to give back to the community and to help,” Lile said.

Like girls in troops across the country, Frankfort Scouts will also work toward the same merit badges and Eagle Scout rank as the boys.

Lile said the girls are thirsty for knowledge and have taught her a thing or two. Together, they are navigating uncharted territory on this scouting adventure and are grateful for the local support.

Previously, Lile has served on the boards of Downtown Frankfort Inc., the Bluegrass Theatre Guild and the Franklin County Women and Families Shelter. But she has presently found a good mix.

“I don’t want to spread myself too thin — for me and for the organizations — so this is all I am doing right now.”

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