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Timberland grad earns Girl Scout Gold Award

Emily Kurtz

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri is pleased to announce Emily Kurtz, a Timberland High School graduate, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.

Open only to girls in high school, the Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for G.I.R.L.s (Go-gettersInnovatorsRisk-takersLeaders)TM—and the most difficult to earn. Girls who earn the award have challenged themselves to change the world, at least their corner of it. Kurtz will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on Sunday, June 9, 2019.

18-year-old Kurtz has spent a lot of time with her fellow community members at the weekly Wentzville Flea Market so when she decided to pursue her Gold Award, she knew rejuvenating the market’s landscape would have a direct impact on her family, friends and neighbors. To earn the award, Kurtz designed and constructed a much-needed picnic table in addition to beautifying the surrounding area.

With help from family, expert advice from construction workers and donations from Old Monroe Lumber Inc. and Lowes, Kurtz built, sanded, constructed and stained a table where the Wentzville community can gather and relax while enjoying snow cones from a flea market vendor. While Kurtz also planted donated flowers in the area, she wanted to ensure other Girl Scouts understand the importance of identifying a need and tackling challenges head-on. So, during the construction process, Kurtz demonstrated the skills she was learning to young G.I.R.L.s.

Kurtz might not have traveled far to make a difference in her world, but her Gold Award project will leave a long-lasting impact on her fellow Wentzville community members. Not only will Kurtz’s friends, families and neighbors have a place to sit while at the flea market but the Wentzville Community Club will make sure the area stays clean and beautiful for years to come.

For more than 100 years, Gold Award Girl Scouts have completed extraordinary projects in eastern Missouri leaving a long-lasting impact on individuals, organizations, neighbors, schools and their communities. Earning the Gold Award represents the culmination of more than 80 hours of work that inspires girls to find the greatness inside themselves and to share their passions with their communities. Some of the benefits of becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout 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

Earning the Gold Award is just one of the amazing things girls can do as part of Girl Scouts. To join Girl Scouts or learn more about volunteering, please visit

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