Eagle vs Gold
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 15:01:21 -0500
Mike, Bob, Carol
I am not that familiar with the requirements for the Gold Award, however I
will pass along these comments on the subject from a senior Gold adviser on
the subject that I ran across.
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Message 77 Tue Jan 17, 1995
I'm not quite sure that you understand the process for a boy scout to obtain
his eagle rank. It is very unlike the 5 requirements for a girl scout to get
her gold award. ANY high school age girl can join girl scouts and can
immediatly start her gold award with that being her ONLY award other than the
Leadership pin, 4 interest patches, and a career exploration pin all of which
are 3 of the 5 requirements for the Gold award.
In order to achieve the rank of Eagle a boy scout must progress through the
ranks of tenderfoot, second class, first class, star, and life BEFORE they can
attain the rank of eagle. A boy joining scouts in high school MUST fulfill ALL
the requirements for all the prior ranks in order to progress through eagle.
Unless things have changed drastically since I was in scouts the entire
process is a progression of specific disciplines and learning experiences
designed to challenge the scout in a way that they will grow in mind and body.
These disciplines (which are requirements) include map reading, astronomy,
identification of flora and fauna, cooking, camping, swimming, first aid,
leadership and much more. These are accomplished through the progression of
requirements for each rank which build upon what was learned for the prior
ranks. There are many specific and sometimes difficult tasks which build
spirit, character, mind and body. There were (and I suppose still are) 21
merit badges needed to get eagle with 10 being required. These required badges
give training which includes advanced first aid, swimming, lifesaving (the
equivalent of red cross life guard requirements) and other specific
disciplines which are designed to make the Eagle scout prepared for most any
situation which they may ever face in life.
Earning the rank of Eagle is the end product of much hard work and
discipline. It is not unlike a Karate student progressing through the various
levels of training and finally earning his black belt. A student CAN'T just
start out with a brown belt and make the next progression to the black belt.
That is the same with the Eagle scout. His path to Eagle is a total learning
experience which is paramount on the culmination of all which has been taught
throughout the entire experience.
Eagle is the culmination of the boy scouting experience which takes years
to achieve. The Gold Award doesn't encompass the whole experience of Girl
scouting. Actually there isn't ANY requirement that there is any prior girl
scouting experience at all. There are only 5 requirements which can easily be
achieved in less than a year. The only time requirement for the Gold award is
30 hours of leadership. All of the requirements can be worked on concurrently
other than the Gold award project. With a little drive and determination a
girl can easily achieve her gold award in less than a year.
You always hear about Eagle scouts or adults who have achieved the rank of
Eagle performing acts of heroism and lifesaving. That is because they were
trained to assess situations and their training provided them with the
knowledge needed to carry out the proper techniques to handle the emergency.
Sad to say, but the Gold award has no requirements for this type of training.
Until the Gold award encompasses the cumulative experiences of scouting and
the level of training REQUIRED in Girl scouting becomes equitable with the
training in Boy scouting then the Gold award can never be equivalent to the
Rank of Eagle. And yes! I AM a senior leader advising girls towards Gold. That
is how I know the requirements so well.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City