Carol McLane (Carol.Mclane@COMMERCE.STATE.MI.US)
Thu, 8 Jun 1995 09:51:11 -0400
On 6/7, Frank E. Brown asked
"Most of the young ladies have finished the required three interest
badges as well as the other requirements for the Silver Award. I looked in
handbook for information about the service project requirements, but found
precious little. Her leader seems to be under the impression that the
can be done as a troop project with all girls getting credit for it. With
BSA background, and Eagle projects as my frame of reference, I have trouble
buying into the herd idea. If, in fact, the Gold award (and it's "little
sister" the Silver award) is supposed to be equivalent to the Eagle, it
that the project should be a leadership demonstration by the (singular)
candidate. Please, some experienced GS Leader set me straight. I think
least two members of my daughter's troop are candidates for really earning
Silver pin, but I think it will mean more if they do it right!"
Here is a brief list of the Silver requirements. There is no comparable
award in BSA that I have seen. The requirements are:
- Earn 3 interest project patches
- Earn the Dreams to Reality Activity patch or earn the Career Exploration
- Earn the Cadette GS Leadership Award or or earn the Leadership
- Earn the Cadette GS Challenge
- Design and carry out a GS Silver Award Project.
Each of the Patches and Awards involved 6-9 different activities. As a
Cadette, the Leadership Award requires a minimum of 25 hours of Service
and the Silver Project requires a *minimum* of 7 hours. Most spend many
more hours. Also, I think the 7 hours is time spent conducting the
project. I do not believe the planning time is counted. While similar to
the Eagle project and the Gold Project, they are not as extensive or as
much time. The girl has to develop a plan that uses her talents, abilities
and personal strengths to help her community. Then carry out the plan.
The Cadette is age 11-14.
The Silver Project can cover a variety of topics. They can be done
individually or as a group. If the project is conducted as a group then
the project must be of sufficient magnitude that each girl assumes
leadership and responsibility for parts of the project.
The Cadette and Senior Handbook gives just the outline of requirements.
Check with your council. Ours has a separate booklet that details the
requirements. My troop attended a Silver workshop last fall that discussed
all the requirements in detail. They completed an exercise where they
looked at about 50-70 different projects and discussed which were "Silver
quality" and which were not. They also talked about how some projects
could be altered to be big enough for a group.
For instance, going to a city park and cleaning out flower beds and
trimming bushes for the day might not be sufficient for a group Silver
project. However, the troop studying the area, designing new (or
redesigning existing) flower beds, determining appropriate shrubs,
perennials and bulbs for the area, drawing landscaping maps for the
grounds, fund raising to purchase materials, then going to the park to
complete their landscaping plans would be appropriate for a Silver
Hope this answers some of your questions.
Michigan Trails GS Council
Portland Service Unit
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