Two Union teens were among 48 young women in eastern Missouri honored at a ceremony at Lindenwood University this past summer.
Shelbie Dallas, 19, and Sloane Dallas, 17, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.
To earn the Gold Award, Shelbie Dallas and Sloane Dallas demonstrated outstanding leadership, organizational and networking skills.
Sloane Dallas said they have a brother on the autism spectrum and that she understands what it means to bring peace of mind to families by providing safety information.
Sloane Dallas worked with the Union Fire Protection District to organize educational activities at an autism safety and awareness day event. The fire department taught families and children about fire safety and how to be prepared in the event of a fire.
“My favorite part was the day of the event when the children could sit in the truck and press the lights and sirens,” Sloane Dallas said. “Everyone enjoyed the experience of being in the truck and putting on the gear.”
Shelbie Dallas worked with the local police department to fingerprint children at an autism safety and awareness day event.
More than 80 children were fingerprinted and placed in the police system to help minimize the stress families face if autistic children wander.
Shelbie Dallas also held a silent auction raising funds to purchase four GPS trackers and 12-month subscriptions.
The trackers clip to the child’s clothing allowing parents to monitor their movements and hear their surroundings in case the child wanders off. The trackers and subscriptions were raffled to four families in attendance.
Shelbie Dallas said one of her favorite parts was hearing from the parents that some of their safety concerns had been eased by the police officers as well as seeing the kids enjoying the day.
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 1 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 nonprofit 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; and receiving a Sacagawea Gold Dollar from the United States Mint.