Emma Shelton is recognized with Silver Beaver Award for her years of service to the Boy Scouts

by Linda Hubbard on March 6, 2014

Menlo Park resident Emma Shelton’s two sons are both grown and out of the house. But that hasn’t stopped her enthusiasm for Scouting, which started when her boys got involved with Tiger Cubs.

They later joined Boy Scout Troop 206, where Emma continues as an assistant Scout Master. For her dedication, Emma is receiving the Silver Beaver, the highest award the Pacific Sky Council can give to recognize an adult for distinguished service to Scouting and the community.

Emma, who worked for many years in the pharmaceutical industry as a chemist, recalls one of the first things that struck her about Scouting: “It was not just the fact that my boys were getting so much out of it. I was getting to do things I wanted to do, but probably wouldn’t have gotten around to doing without Scouting.”

As an assistant Scout Master, Emma does merit badge counseling and accompanies the Troop on outings including monthly camping trips, among other duties. She also teaches a University of Scouting class to leaders.

“Being involved in Scouting has been so gratifying,” Emma says. “My husband and I have met what have become lifetime friends.

“Plus, of course, there are the boys. You can see you’ve made a difference as they start to grow up. In my mind, Scouting encourages the whole boy.”

Emma plans to continue her involvement with Troop 206. “They tolerate me, and I like the hiking and being outdoors,” she says. “I didn’t grow up camping and hiking. In fact, I went to Girl Scout camp and hated it!”

As for the Silver Beaver award, she comments: “I was really surprised when I got the phone call. The award is given out when you’re not looking for it. I’m a little embarrassed by being personally singled out, but pleased at the same time. We don’t get paid for our work but get pats on our backs like this!”

Note: The community is invited to the annual Pancake Breakfast held by Troop 206, which will take place at Trinity Church (Ravenswood and Laurel) on Saturday, March 8, from 8:00 am to noon.  Tickets are $5.00 per adult; the same price feeds two children 10 and younger.

Photo by Rebecca Flanagan


Katherine Lipps March 07, 2014 at 1:29 pm

Love the positive article about tremendous investment in our youth–so necessary and Emma is doing just that! Her selfless dedication has clearly influenced the lives of hundreds of boy scouts. Glad she is awarded this surprise distinction of the Silver Beaver. Looks as though she already enjoyed the satisfaction of helping shape lives, even without being recognized. I am certain it is not always easy. Thanks, Linda Hubbard Gulker, and Rebecca Flanagan for this uplifting piece.

Robert Barber March 08, 2014 at 2:15 pm

Uncle Bob and friend Shirley are so proud of our Scouter who has given herself to grow boys into men who live all the scout laws. You’ve taught by example, and certainly deserve the Silver Beaver. Congratulations.

Tempe Javitz March 21, 2016 at 11:02 am

Emma is a life long friend because of scouting. Both of my boys joined hers through the scouting experience and then when they all graduated out of high school, Emma and I just kept up our personal friendship. She now assists me with all of my gardening problems. She is magic in the garden. I’m so proud of her for receiving this award.

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