Emily Betts receives Girl Scout Gold Award

In October, Emily Betts of Girl Scout Troop 174, of Linden, became a Girl Scout Gold Award recipient. The honor recently was given by the Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania Council.

The Gold Award is Girl Scouting’s highest honor and helps to inspire girls to find the greatness inside themselves as well as share their ideas and passions within their communities. Betts has had a long history with the Children’s Development Center in Williamsport.

She also enjoys both choral and instrumental music. She used her passion for music and her knowledge of the center for her Gold Award, and decided to help her community by working closely with Joan Dice, a musical and speech therapist for the Center.

Betts decided to provide Dice and the Center with the opportunity to increase the number of musical instruments used in the various therapy sessions.

Betts communicated with various businesses via personal visits, letters and the Internet to inquire about donations of musical instruments that could be used successfully by the students at the Children’s Development Center.

The center was provided with classroom sets of instruments.

During Betts’ 12 years as a Girl Scout, she has earned the Bronze and Silver Awards in addition to the Gold Award. She has participated in numerous activities with the highlight being a trip to the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouting in Washington, D.C. and a trip to the Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace in Savannah, Ga.

Betts is the daughter of Michele and Arnie Betts of Linden.

She is a recent graduate of Williamsport Area High School and has applied to a degree program at the Hiram G. Andrews Center in Johnstown.