Calvin H. Gray (405geezer@IGG-TX.NET)
Mon, 23 Jun 1997 13:28:04 -0400
I'm new to the list and want to share info on a special award that fits
in very well with Scouting. Currenly, I'm serving as Advisor for
several Boy Scouts and a couple of Senior Girl Scouts who are working on
The Congressional Award.
The Congressional Award is a national award, created by the United
States Congress, and available in three levels (Bronze, Silver and Gold)
to young people between the ages of 14 to 23. To earn an award, the
youth must set goals and carry out activites related to personal
development, physical fitness, voluntary community service plus an
expedition or exploration outside the young person's normal environment.
Young people may begin working on the Bronze Award at age 13 years, 5
months. Although it is not a Scouting award, it fits in well with
Scouting activities. For example, work on merit badges can fulfill the
personal development requirement and even the physical fitness
requirement. The voluntary community service requirement can be
completed during troop or post service projects. The expedition
requirement can be fulfilled through a high adventure or summer camp
trip. School or community activites such as 4-H, athletics, choir and
band can also be used.
The key to earning an award is to set goals and then keep up with the
hours needed for each area of the award. The documentation is somewhat
similar to that required for an Eagle Service Project.
An adult Advisor, along with a Validator for each activity, is required.
The role of an Advisor is similar to that of a Scoutmaster while the
role of a Validator is similar to that of a merit badge Counselor. The
Advisor and Validators must be at least 24 years of age and cannot be a
member of the youth's family.
For additional information on the Congressional Award, contact:
The Congressional Award Foundation
P. O. Box 77440
Washington, D.C. 20013
SM, Troop 405
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City