Re: Eagle in the News -Reply
PATTI SCANLAN (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
Thu, 1 Jun 1995 10:37:50 -0600
>>> Vicki Palmer <c532694@SHOWME.MISSOURI.EDU> 05/31/95
>>I don't want a war started either, but I had to put my $0.02 worth in. I
>>was not a member of this list when it was last discussed so... I get so
>>frustrated when I hear of things like this. I will freely admit, though,
>>that it is as much the Girl Scouts' fault as it is the media's. It is
>>because the Eagle has always been called the Eagle and the Gold
>>Award has changed names several times over the years. If I
>>remember correctly, at the last Girl Scout National Meeting, a proposal
>>was passed to permanently name the highest award the Gold Award.
>>At least they recognized the fact that people need to know what to
>>call it. This way, in the future, people will know that the Gold Award is
>>comparable to the Eagle and is just as noteworthy.
>>As someone who has EARNED (not WON as is most often reported)
>>her Gold Award, I am constantly trying to let people know what it is.
>>Most of the time I have to say it is comparable to the Eagle and people
>>know what I'm talking about. Some day, I won't have to do that.
Vicki (and everyone)
I whole heartedly agree with you!! I also believe that Girl Scouts really
need to get the PR out there and let people know about the Gold Award.
I earned First Class. Just think how I feel when I have to explain.... "I
earned the highest award in Girl Scouting, First Class, now called the
Gold Award, which is comparable to the Eagle Scout in Boy Scouting". I
sometimes feel that my award has been "cheapened" by the name
change. Not that the change is bad, but those of us who earned First
Class are not even recognized anymore. Most of the Girl Scouts that I
deal with have never even heard of First Class. (sigh) I, however, am
still very proud of my achievement.
Patti Scanlan (PSCANLAN@WAPA.GOV)
First Class Girl Scout
Leader, Junior Troop 257
Treasure Trails Girl Scout Council
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