Re: G.O.L.D. Award
William H. Sills (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Wed Feb 25 00:56:54 1998
Thanks for the nice and also quick reply. I am a fair calligrapher so I
filled out the certificate. I am council commodore so I signed it. I sent it to the
Scout Executive for his signature.
We will present it at our spring/summer Squadron Bridge of Honour along with
Eagle and Quartermaster. It is a nice idea. Done correctly, it requires the Sea
Scout/Explorer to use the six experience areas, be active, do a project, etc. My
poor son has completed three projects and has told me "That's it, Dad!" <VBG>
I have helped girl Sea Scouts get the award but not in my own council.
It would be best if it was changed to a medal. It looks like the old #2 to
the SILVER AWARD. The Bronze Award was #3. I dimly recall BSA dropping the fancy
medal for all but the Silver Award. I suppose that they kept the moulds.
settummanque, or blackeagle (Mike Walton) wrote:
> Skipper Sills:
> First, please offer my personal congraduations to your son on this special
> achievement, even though the circumstances under which he's getting this
> personal achievement leaves MUCH to be desired....and is unfortunately
> reflective of many local Councils, not just yours.
> You wrote:
> > My son has earned God & Me, God & Country
> >Episcopal, Eagle and Quartermaster. As you all know, they
> >are nice awards with handsome certificates. Recently, he
> >also earned the G.O.L.D. Award. We picked it up fthis
> >afternoon from our local council service center. The
> >"package" included the award (which cost us $23.95), the
> >Explorer Achievement knot and a blank "Exploring Gold Award"
> >certificate. The medal was really heavy and crude. My son
> >liked it, though, because it was so massive. <G> The knot
> >was easily understood but the certificate was delivered in
> >blank. Nothing was filled out.
> The GOLD Award is designed to be presented during a Post or Ship meeting, a
> District or Council meeting or program, or during a Regional/National
> activity or program. While the program is "recognized nationally" (read to
> say "while National keeps stats on the number of awards presented by your
> Council"), the actual application and process starts and ends with your
> local Council. Your Council Scout Executive
> was told to "send a copy" of the approved award to the National Exploring
> Division; in reality, all that is done is that a tally featuring name, Post
> or Ship number and date of presentation is sent forward by most local Councils.
> Finally, your Council Scout Executive should have filled out the blanks on
> the certificate, but here's the information you asked:
> > Does anyone know what goes in the
> >by_________________ ? where we find the Award
> >Date____________ ? and whose signatures go on the bottom
> >left (port) and the bottom right (starboard) lines?
> I don't have a copy of the GOLD Award certificate in front of me, but since
> there's not a place for the Council name, that's what SHOULD go in the "by",
> as in "Ship 111, Cardinal Council".
> The date is the date that the Award was approved by the Council Scout
> Executive (in other words, the date from Part V of the application).
> The Port side should have the signature of the Council Scout Executive. The
> Starboard side should have the signature of the Council's Exploring Chair,
> Exploring Commissioner, or Council Commissioner (depending on who your
> Council considers is the "signers of Council-level certificates).
> > The way it was handled pretty much denigrated the
> >achievement. How is it supposed to be done? Any suggestions?
> I would ask the Council to consider presenting the award during a Council
> Executive Board meeting, during the Council's annual dinner or other event
> (especially this Scouting Anniversary Month!), or during the Council's
> Exploring Conference (if your Council has such an event). I wouldn't want
> to present this during your Ship meeting, because this is a Council-level
> award and not just a Post or Ship award.
> I agree, Skipper Bill....the way that National has treated this award (and
> it's predecessors) isn't on the "same level as Eagle or Quartermaster",
> which explains the very low number of Explorers earning the thing over the years
> (which hasn't broken 150 since the award was created!!)
> Hope this helps out!
> (c) 1997 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") (502) 827-9201
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