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St. Peters scout protects local flora, fauna

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri announced Madelynn Dickson, a Fort Zumwalt South High student, earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by demonstrating leadership in a community service project.


Open only to girls in high school, the Gold Award is the most prestigious Girl Scout Award – and the most difficult to earn. Girls who earn the award have generated long-lasting solutions for real-world challenges at local, national and global levels in the worlds of STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] education and legislation.

Eighteen-year-old Dickson has participated in many of Girl Scouts’ progressive outdoor programs. When Dickson realized her high school didn’t have an outdoor classroom, she decided to give Fort Zumwalt South High students a place to study regional plants and animals.

With the help of individuals from the Missouri Conservation Department, school faculty and family, Dickson designed and constructed four plant beds and four bird houses. Dickson’s plant beds and bird houses were largely built from donated materials from TRUE Manufacturing and the Missouri Conservation Department – Dickson’s donated seeds are all Missouri-native to promote safeguarding the area’s natural resources.

Dickson’s project also included lesson plans for the outdoor classroom, detailing activities related to topics like chromatography. Fort Zumwalt South High’s new outdoor classroom will be sustained by a group of students and designated faculty.

Dickson will be recognized with other Gold Award Girl Scouts during a special ceremony at Lindenwood University in St. Charles on June 9.

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