Gold Award-1st Class Award
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Fri, 3 Feb 1995 10:15:32 EST
I'll try to answer several questions at once here concerning the First Class
Award and the Gold Award.
First, the older award (1st Class), used to be the highest Award attainable
by Girl Scouts back in the 60' and 70's. If I remember right the Gold
Award REPLACED it in the 1980's. I earned the 1st Class Award in the early
1970's, however I can't remember exactly everthing I had to do to earn it,
other than complete the Cadette Challenges, earn a First Aid Award, and
do a service project (?). This is where my mind fails me. I seem to remember
having to complete a service project, but I can't for the life of me
remember what it was. I think the reason is that as Senior Scouts, we were
continually doing service projects, and I can't distinguish one from the other
so many years later. The 1st Class Award was definitely easier to attain than
the current Gold Award is. Back when I was a Senior Scout, it was unusual
to meet at Senior that did not have it.
GSUSA reviews and updates their programs regulary (every 5-6 years) during
one of these reviews is when they changed the requirements for the 1st Class
and changed the name to the Gold Award. Reguirements for the Gold Award are:
Earn 3 Interest Project patches - these patches have to have been done while
Senior Girl Scout, not ones worked on while a Cadette. Interest
Project patches require that 8 activities be done in a field of
interest (the activities are selected from 10-12 given). The
patches are not easy to earn. To be a Superstar troop in our council
Cadettes and Seniors have to earn 2 in one year.
Earn the Senior Leadership award or the Leadership Interest Project patch.
The Leadership Interest Project patch can not be counted for both
#1 and #2 Gold Award reguirements. The Leadership Award, involves
a lot of reading, and self evalutation your leadership skills. And
30 hours of time in leadership positions (at least two different
Earn the Senior Careers pin -involves exploring careers.
Earn the Senior Girl Scout Challenge- this a four part award, that deals
with leadership skills, careers, and the meaning of scouting. Each
section has associated reading and an activity to be completed.
Complete a Service project. The service project must take at LEAST 4 months
to complete. The service project cannot be started until the other
requirements for the Gold Award are completed. The other requirements
can be completed in any order.
Keep in mind that all the work for this award is done between the ages of 14-18.
most Senir troops are 10th -12th grade. Although there are troops that
have 9th grade Seniors. In that aspect I think it is harder to earn than
the Eagle, although it may not have as many requirements (?). Since all
boy scouts start working towards the Eagle the day they join scouts.
Colleges are beginnign to recognize the value of the Gold Award, many of them
have scholarship programs for recipients. Although we have along way to
go to gain teh recognition that the Eagle award brings.
Lynn Whited | Brownie Troop 401
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Cornell University | Canoe Instructor / Leader
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