Re: Scout Astronauts
Rodger Morris (rodger@FISHNET.NET)
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 11:12:31 GMT
>On Thu, 9 Nov 1995 11:28:19 -0600 Robert Woodard said about Astronauts:
>>E. Collins, Davis, A. Fisher, Helms, Jernigan, Lawrence,
>>Seddon, Sherlock, Sullivan, K. Thornton, Janice Voss, Weber
>Interesting that we consider rank in Boy Scouts, but not in Girl Scouts!
>I wonder how many earned Gold Award?
Probably none, given the GSUSA's propensity for changing the name of
its top award every decade or so. The Gold Award has also been:
1) First Class
2) Curved Bar
3) Golden Eaglet
It is possible that one or more of NASA's female astronauts and mission
specialists have earned the GSUSA's top award in one of its many
incarnations. I don't know. Does anybody else out there know?
Now, if the GSUSA will just stop changing the name of their award, they
will over time get much better public recognition of the Gold Award. It's
a crying shame that when I see an article about a girl having earned the
Gold Award in our local paper, the GSUSA finds it necessary to tell the
reporter that the award is equivalent to the Eagle Scout rank.
IMHO, much of the blame for this sad state of affairs must be laid at
the feet of the GSUSA's corps of professionals and the GSUSA's national
level volunteers for mismanaging the program. One may also note that
until relatively recently, it would not have mattered what they called
the Gold Award, as our society valued the achievements of boys and men
above the achievements of girls and women.
One can easily see why the GSUSA changed the name from the First Class
award to something else, as it willy-nilly became identified with the
First Class rank within the BSA, and therefor became (incorrectly)
classified as an equivalent to the BSA award. However, one must then
wonder why the GSUSA subsequently changed the name several more times.
Can anybody shed any light upon this question?
It is indeed sad that the girls who earn the GSUSA's highest award
do not receive the recognition they deserve, as it is (IMHO) in no
way inferior to the Eagle Scout award.
Yours in Scouting,
Rodger Morris <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 852, Camarillo, CA
Ventura County Council, Boy Scouts of America
National Woodbadge 416-18, Philmont, 1973
"I used to be a Beaver..."
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