Re: GS Silver and Gold Awards
Lynn Whited (whited@ASTROSUN.TN.CORNELL.EDU)
Wed, 7 Jun 1995 14:54:57 EDT
The Gold and Silver Award projects are USUALLY individual efforts. Occasionally
you see a project that was worked on by 2 or 3 girls, and once in a great while
you will see a project that was a troop effort. More so, for the Silver than
the Gold. National sets the guidelines but councils administer the awards.
Some councils maintain control over the approval process and some relinquish it
to Service Units, then I've seen SU's relinquish it to leaders. First, find
out from your Cadette (or Older Girl) consultant what the process is for your
For our council (Seven Lakes) the girls have to fill out an application for
approval of Silver/Gold Award. A council committee reviews it then approves
it (with or without modifications) or disapproves it. The more girls involved
in the project (for their Silver) the large the project had better be.
As an example, a local Cadette troop had 4 or 5 girls earn their Silver
Award together, by putting on a 'Dabbler Day' for the local girls ages 5-8.
They ran it like a fair, where the girls could go to different booths, and
do activities similar to what they might encounter in Girl Scouting. They
had booths with activities from each of the Girl Scout Worlds of Interest.
This project was way to big for one girl but worked well for the 4 or 5 that
ran it. Each girl had her own area of the event that she was responsible for.
The obective of the fair was to help spread the word about Girl Scouting
to girls that might otherwise never be exposed.
Girl Scout Silver/Gold Award projects are supposed to serve the community.
But that does include Girl Scouting, because Girl Scouting serves the
community, then doing a project that effects Girl Scouting, also effects
the community in the same way that doing a project for a church, or other
organization would effect the community.
Hope this has helped.
Lynn Whited | Brownie Troop 401
firstname.lastname@example.org | Junior Program Consultant
Cornell University | Canoe Instructor / Leader
607-255-3727 | Seven Lakes Girl Scout Council
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