Community Interest

Boone Trails Scout To Be Recognized With Rare National Award

Nicole Kipper, 14, of St. Charles, will be recognized with the Distinguished Conservation Service Award of the Boy Scouts of America. To earn this rare award, Kipper had to complete several merit badges and lead three conservation-related projects in the community. Kipper also recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and recognition for this and her DCSA will take place at a special Court of Honor on Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m., at the Sts. Joachim & Ann Care Service in St. Peters. 

“We believe Nicole is only the third young women to earn this award in the nation, which is quite a feat, and the first to earn it here in the greater St. Louis area,” said Laura Enge, the Scouting liaison in St. Charles County. “We are very proud of her and her accomplishments, she is living up to our ideals and working to make her community and our community a better place.”

Boone Trails District serves the youth of St. Charles, Lincoln and Warren counties and is one of over 20 districts forming the Greater St. Louis Area Council.

The Greater St. Louis Area Council, a United Way agency, provides youth with character development programs and values-based leadership training. The Council, one of the largest in the nation, has more than 25,000 youth members and nearly 12,600 adult volunteers. They come from 63 counties in southeast Missouri, southern and central Illinois, and the St. Louis Metropolitan area. For more information, call 314-361-0600 or visit