Gold vs. Eagle
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Mon, 6 Feb 1995 12:11:05 EST
>And yes! I AM a senior leader advising girls towards Gold. That
>is how I know the requirements so well.
Although I disagree with many points from the post that Olan forwarded
from Dennis, this one concerns me the most.
Dennis may know intellectually, what the requirements are, but I don't
believe he has any sense of reality in the amount of work it takes
to complete the work. First off, the average number of interest project
patches earned by a girl in my council in a year is one! Yes, if a girl is
highly motivated she can earn all four in one year. Yes, my daughter has
earned 4 this year, but two of those are being earned with the troop (one
actually started last year and earned in October) and one she has been working
on for a year and a half...Space Exploration. The other she has earned
, Auidovisual - Advanced, because it was a 10 week course for in school.
That just covers the interest project patches that are required. The
Leadership Award requires 30 hours of time in TWO or more Leadership
positions, plus extensive reading and activities prior to doing the
Leadership time. That means if you have been a Patrol Leader for
a cummaltive total of 30 hours, you still need to put in at LEAST 3 more
hours in another leadership role. Then there is the Senior Challenge.
Which used to be FOUR separate awards, but they have combined them into
four separate components of one award. For each section there is associated
reading and activities that must be completed. One of the activities under
the career section is to either get a part time job, OR prepare a resume
and find out how you can get a job, OR organize a Career Fair. There
is also a leadership section, and a 'scouting spirit' (for lack of a better
term) section, and a community awareness section. Then there is also the
Careers pin, where the girls extensively explore careers and learn what
they need to do to follow the career path of their choice. All of this must
be done PRIOR to beginning the Gold Award Project. The project alone must
take AT LEAST 4 months of concerted effort on the girls' part to be considered
for the Gold Award.
Yes, ANY high school age girl can join Girl Scouts and immediately begin
work on her Gold Award, but in the same sense, any 11 year old or older
boy can join Boy Scouts, and immediatley begin work on his Eagle, as shown
by so mcuh recent discussion on young and paper Eagles. The process may
be different for each, but end result is the same. To have a young adult,
nurtured in leadership skills, and a sound sense of citizenship. Whether
the process was accomplished by advancing through the ranks of the Boy Scout
Program or by going through the steps for the Gold Award. In reality, how
many girls actually join Girl (or Boy) Scouting when they are in high school?
If a girl is a Senior Girl Scout, it is most likely she has been a Girl Scout
since a Daisy or Brownie, and has grown up in scouting.
>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.
That is true, the Gold Award does not have a requirement per se, but the
girls do learn the knowledge they need through the Girl Scout Program. And
maybe yes, it should be considered in becoming a requirement for the Gold.
But I do have say that you DO hear about girls that have earned the Gold
and others, who haven't yet, performing acts of heroism and lifesaving.
In my council alone, there were two medals of honor awarded to Girl Scouts
for their acts of heorism that saved lives last year.
No, Dennis you do not seem to know what it takes to achieve the Gold Award.
Maybe you will learn along with the girls you are advising. I have been a
Girl Scout for 18 years (8 as an adult) and I have a daughter who HAS earned
her Silver Award, and will be Senior next year.
Lynn Whited | Brownie Troop 401
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