St. Louis, MO – Nov. 28, 2017 – Emma Fellows, a 2017 Francis Howell High School graduate and freshman at Truman State University, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. In earning the Gold Award, Fellows demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills. Fellows was among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
While volunteering at TREE House of Greater St. Louis, a nonprofit providing equine-assisted therapy, Fellows noticed the organization only had one book to distract waiting parents and siblings. She wanted to use earning her Gold Award as an opportunity to enlarge TREE’s library. Fellows collected and donated more than 200 books and games.
“I did a take-a-book, leave-a-book concept at Therapeutic Horsemanship in Wentzville,” Fellows said. “The book nook can be used as a therapy aid for kids with speech problems and for the siblings of the kids who are disabled. They usually just sit there and say ‘Mom, I’m bored.’ So, we put together an attractive-looking shelf so they have something to do.”
Fellows said although she experienced some rough spots along the way, she’s glad she decided to earn the Gold Award.
“It’s a great way to gain leadership skills,” Fellows said. “And to have a piece of you in the community.”
The Girl Scout Gold Award requires determination, communication, time management and a desire to make a difference. This distinguished award challenges girls to change the world and solve a community issue. The process requires at least 80 hours of service and often spans months or even years.
Less than one percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, putting them among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world. Some of the Gold Award Girl Scout benefits are:
- Immediately rising one rank when enlisting in the US Armed Forces
- Earning scholarships from colleges and universities
- Recognition from many government and non-profit organizations
- Certificates and letters from Girl Scouts of the USA, Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, United States Navy and the South St. Louis Marine Corps League Auxiliary
- Receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint