Gold Award Problems
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Tue Mar 31 11:11:16 1998
The GOLD Award was a great idea with lousy execution. For example, my
youngest son has his Eagle Scout Award and his Quartermaster Award. Similar to
all "over achievers", he wanted to get another award. He decided to go for the
GOLD Award. We carefully followed the instructions on the back of the
application, called Irving fo clarification and mailed it via Certified Mail. I
called our Local Council Service Center and determined that they had it. Two
weeks later, I checked and no one knew anything about it. It had vanished into
thin air. I faxed and mailed a copy along with a copy of the USPO receipt.
Then, nothing. Finally, I drove to the office and visited with the staff, the
DE and the SE. Three weeks later, the "package" arrived at the Service Center.
I picked it up and took it home. When I showed it to my son, he was shocked.
The certificate was blank!!! Also, the medal was not up to the Quartermaster
nor the Eagle medal standards. Now, six weeks later, the certificate still
hasn't been signed by the SE. Luckily, I have done a lot of calligraphy so it
Now, I am on our local council's Executive Board and am the Sea Scout
Commodore so they listen to me a little. That was very helpful because no one
had a clue about anything having to do with the GOLD Award. I was able to
explain to them the following: (1), The G.O.L.D. Award is a national council
honour; (2), The award is administered on the local council level; and (3), The
award is handled completely within the ship or post, including all review
processes. Your Exploring District people have NO ROLE in the process!!! Your
ship or post handles all of the details, the local council simply sees that all
of the blanks are properly filled in, that all of the required signatures are
affixed and that you pay for the award before you take it home!!!
Sinnissippi Council Sea Scout Squadron
SSS Hathor (1)
> We turned in an application for the Gold Award to our council office in
> early January. Luckily, the Associate Advisor received a receipt from the
> desk for it. Our council has never granted a Gold Award before. Thus the
> application was handed to the associated executive who promptly lost it.
> After about 6 weeks they have agreed that they received the application
> (receipt) and agreed to grant the award. Unfortunately we have an explorer
> district that has a District Chair & Commissioner but no meetings. These
> two men are still pondering the award. Apparently, they feel they need to
> review the application (I think they found it). They are saying that the
> young man perhaps didn't really qualify. When I and the board of review
> examined him and the application we found everything in order. They had
> not told us what possible deficiencies they have found.
> My reading of the application and instructions led me to believe that the
> unit received the application with letters of recommendation and performed
> a board of review. Then the application was submitted to council for the
> signature of the Scout Executive. That is all.
> Has any one processed these awards? I would very much like to know what
> should be done. We have four other Explorers qualified for this award. I
> would like to find out the approval process before we submit more
> applications into their black hole.
> Thanks in advance for your help.
> Susan Wilcox
> Committee Chair, Post 111
> Davis, CA