Re: Gold Award
Amick Robert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tue Mar 31 13:12:56 1998
Susan, et al,
The G.O.L.D. award application does not require review by
anyone other than the Post Committee chair or their designate.
Once the advisor has signed off on the requirements and the candidate is
reviewed, the application should be forwarded to the Scout Executive for
their signature, and the insignia may be obtained for the candidate.
District or Council Exploring committees or chairs may not
modify requirements, nor may they assume authority to scrutinize
applications. If anyone is unclear about this they should be directed to
call the national Exploring Division for verification of this information.
I agree with Bill Sill's post that the "education" about the award left a
little to be desired. Some councils didn't even know there was
an accompanying certificate, or a square knot, and had neither in stock.
Some didn't even know about the medal or availability of the award, unless
they were asked and had to "dig it out of some file" or search someone's
"in basket" to locate information about the award, especially when it
first came out a few years ago.
We sent out copies of the award requirements and an application form as
part of our Exploring newsletter which went to all individual Explorers
and Advisors shortly after the award was released in 1995. This is
a good way to publicize it and get Explorers working on it. Web sites
with similar information can also be useful.
Exploring Executives, Committees and Chairs at the Council level should
assist in a process of educating the Council staff as to how these
applications are to be administered, processed, and awarded, similar to
any other advancement process.
It would be also useful to have some guidelines for posts to refer to as
to how the award can be presented (suggestions for ceremonies, courts of
honor, or other appropriate venues); moreover, efforts should be made to
document a permanent record of all recipients at the council level, since
no record is maintained at the National office of recipients. Posts may
wish to create a plaque or picture board of recipients with their names
and date the award was earned.
Bob Amick, Explorer Advisor, High Adventure Explorer Post 72/SES72,
Boulder, CO; Longs Peak Council Exploring Training Chair
On Tue, 31 Mar 1998,
Susan Wilcox wrote:
> 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.