The Silver Award

I’m preparing ahead of time because next year my girls will be working on earning their Silver Awards.

The GS link: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/highest_awards/silver_award.asp

Girl Scout Silver Award
Highest Award for Girls 11-14

The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. The Girl Scout Silver Award Project can be undertaken when the first four requirements are completed. It can be done as an individual or with a group. If done with a group, a girl must be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate her contribution to the project and the group.

Requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award:

A girl must be 11 or going into the sixth grade to begin work on STEPS 1-4 of her Girl Scout Silver Award. She must be 12 or going into the seventh grade to start work on STEPS 5 and 6 of the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. She must complete STEPS 5 and 6 by age 14 or before the start of the 10th grade.

Ideas taken from the GS site:

Here are some sample projects to get you thinking.

  • Clean up a polluted stream for wildlife
  • Create a “science nook” at a school
  • Work with a federal natural resource agency on a Linking Girls to the Land project.
  • Establish a sustainable food pantry in your community
  • Host a walker “pit stop” for an extended breast cancer walk
  • Learn to be clowns and visit hospitals or senior centers
  • Make puppet boxes to accompany stories for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts
  • Plan and coordinate a math day for younger girls
  • Put on a bicycle safety fair in your community
  • Start a sustainable recycling program at school
  • Write and perform a puppet play to teach children safety tips they can use when not in school.

Another helpful site

http://www.ptgirlscouts.org/events_programs/earning-silver-award.html

  • As of October 1, 2006, all girls working towards the Girl Scout Silver Award must use the requirements found in the Studio 2B Focus book, Girl Scout Silver Award Go Girl Scout Silver AwardFor It!
  • Girls must be 11 years old or going into the sixth grade to begin working on steps 1 – 4 of the Girl Scout Silver Award. To work on steps 5 and 6, they must be 12 years old or going into the 7th grade. Steps 5 and 6 must be completed by age 14 or by September 30 after the completion of the 9th grade.
  • Girls who have bridged in the spring from Juniors to Girls Scouts 11 – 17, may be working on steps 1 – 4.
  • Accomplishments before age 11 or going into the sixth grade cannot be used to the Girl Scout Silver Award.
  • Projects do not need council approval.
  • Girls may work as a group on a project.  However, each girl must have her own distinct part which includes leadership and she must put in the required hours.
  • The project may be done in or out of Girl Scouting, but must reflect some aspect of community service. If a project is solely for Girl Scouts, then a girl must reach out to the community in some way.
  • Girls must sign a contract with their advisor before beginning the process. It is found in the “Go for It” insert.
  • All projects must meet with Safety-Wise and council guidelines.
  • Council approval must be given for any money earning and gift in kind solicitation activities. Girls must work with an adult partner, who does the ask for money or goods. See the M*O*N*E*Y and Your Leadership Project handout, available through the council.
  • Girl Scouts cannot raise money for another organization.
  • Council approval must be given before working on any project that impacts Girl Scout council programming, operations, or Girl Scout council property.
  • Avoid projects that are simple service projects, projects that involve Web sites (legal issues involved), or like creating a “council’s own” patch.
  • Projects must be a minimum of 40 hours. Remember planning time counts and you may count the hours you used to work on the 4B Challenge.
  • Project advisors should be someone other than a parent. A troop advisor may be the project advisor if she has specific experience related to the project. It is recommended that someone from the community, who has knowledge of the project topic, be the advisor. Example, a librarian might be the project advisor for a project that involves literacy.
  • A Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report Form (PDF or Word) must be turned into the council upon completion of the project. The final report form must be submitted no later than September 30 following the completion of the ninth grade. The council will provide a certificate and authorization to purchase a Girl Scout Silver Award pin. Allow 3 weeks to process certificates and authorization.
  • And I also found this information:

    The first four requirements of the award ask you to build your skills, explore career possibilities, increase your leadership skills, and make a commitment to improving yourself. You can do Steps 2-4 in any order or even work on them simultaneously, but they must be completed prior to the fifth requirement, the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. You should work closely with your adult adviser in the completion of all the requirements.

    I’ll update as I do more research 🙂

    Kell

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    Golden Link Ceremony

    The Golden Link Investiture is a really fun ceremony our troop has done a few times over the years.

    I didn’t get it from this site, but it’s the first one that popped up when I googled. (I keep hard copies of my ceremonies for easy reference, but that doesn’t help me when I want to show you it 😉 )

    http://www.epilogsys.com/ScoutingWeb/SubPages/GoldLinkCere.htm

    Supplies:

    11 “links” cut out of gold paper – (print out the below 11 reading parts and glue them onto the back of the strips. These will serve as scripts as well as links) Stapler The words of the GS Promise for new girls to read from (cut section off new GS registration form) Optional ending – replace one of the gold links with a candle and matches

    What we do is have the color guard bring in the flags, we do the Pledge, the promise and the Law. My Co-leader and I take turns reading the narrator part.

    At the end my co-leader and I say a little something fancier, and we light our candle as we make our pledge.

    I’d actually never seen the investiture part with the crown, so I’m glad I discussed this today and looked for the link! This is a fun, simple ceremony that the girls love.

    Kell

    Investiture and Rededication Ceremonies

    I took the following section from Girl Scouts.

    Ceremonies mark special Girl Scout events throughout the year. They can celebrate major transitions, such as bridging to another level or getting your Girl Scout pin, commemorate your accomplishment when you earn awards, or simply make the beginning or end of your group’s meeting special. You can also plan a ceremony around a theme, such as friendship or nature, that you wish to explore in thought, words, or song. Whatever its purpose, every Girl Scout ceremony enables girls to share in a special part of Girl Scout history and create their own special memories.

    Investiture welcomes new members, girls or adults, into the Girl Scout family for the first time. Girls receive their Girl Scout, Brownie Girl Scout, or Daisy Girl Scout pin at this time.

    Rededication Ceremonies are an opportunity for girls and adults to renew their commitment to the Girl Scout Promise and Law.

    So last night my Brownie Troop began planning their investiture and rededication. We actually have a few girls new to my troop and a few new to Scouting period. It was a fun informative time.

    While waiting for the troop to arrive the girls made decorative snowflakes to send overseas to the soldiers we are supporting. Then we listened to the Brownie Story from the handbook. Even though we read it every year, the girls all enjoyed the story and my co-leader brought them into it by having them recite the verse along with the story. “Twist me and turn me and show me the elf. I looked in the water and saw ___.” MYSELF they scream (the ones who already know the answer, that is 😉

    And then we discussed color guard, the Pledge of Allegiance, Girl Scout Promise and the Girl Scout Law. At the mention of color guard several hands went up requesting to do the colorguard, but I think this year  I’d like to have my Junior troop do the colorguard for the ceremony. They need some interaction with the younger group since some of the girls will be flying up to Juniors. 🙂

    The girls voted and will all bring food to the ceremony. So we did up a food list which I will hand out at the next meeting so parents can see what they were volunteered for and change it if they want. Then we discussed songs. They weren’t pleased to hear they will be singing When e’er you Make A  Promise as they have a hard time remembering those words, but were happy enough with the Brownie Smile Song and Make New Friends. They will also perform Bazooka Bubblegum – which beat out Pink Pajamas, Yogi Bear, and Pizza Hut.

    We will conclude with a friendship circle and Taps, and do the spin and step out.

    During the ceremony we will pull out our ‘pond’ a decorative mirror donated to our troop from another and we’ve passed it down everytime our girls went to another level. The new Brownies leave the room while we explain that in order for them to become a Brownie they must Twist and Turn and look in the pond to find the elf. They will all knock on the door.

    The Rededicating Brownies will say “Who is it?”

    Investing Brownies “We’re girls who wish to become Girl Scouts.”

    Rededicating Brownies “Come on in.”

    The Investing Brownies stay in a line. One at a time, the Rededicating Brownies spin the Investing Brownie, then face her toward the pond while the Investing Brownie says “Twist me and turn me and show me the elf. I look in the water and see MYSELF.”

    Once the new girls have finished Investing, the Rededicating Brownies will each recite a portion of the Girl Scout Law. We’ll intersperse the songs in and also have a short welcoming speech at the beginning.

    Now to work on Investing my Daisies and Investing and Rededicating my Juniors. (and bridging them to Cadets.)

    Happy Scouting!

    Kell

    Taps

    Okay, so I’ve been discussing Taps and how important it is to us, as Scouts and Americans.

    The Free Dictionary defines taps as:

    taps play_w(“T0044700”)

     (tps)

    pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)

    A bugle call or drum signal sounded at night, as at a military camp, as an order to put out lights and also sounded at military funerals and memorial services.

    Well Bingo, I did say it was important 😉

    It is the Military’s signal to put out the lights. It’s something that is part of Scouts, it is something that you see in all the handouts and at EVERY Girl Scout meeting council-wide, nation-wide.

    The Origin of Taps from the Arlington National Cemetary:

    Origin of “Taps”

    During the Civil War, in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp, Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield summoned Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton, his brigade bugler, to his tent. Butterfield, who disliked the colorless “extinguish lights” call then in use, whistled a new tune and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit Gen. Butterfield and used for the first time that night. Pvt. Norton, who on several occasions, had sounded numerous new calls composed by his commander, recalled his experience of the origin of “Taps” years later:

    “One day in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp at Harrison’s Landing on the James River, Virginia, resting and recruiting from its losses in the seven days of battle before Richmond, Gen. Butterfield summoned the writer to his tent, and whistling some new tune, asked the bugler to sound it for him. This was done, not quite to his satisfaction at first, but after repeated trials, changing the time of some of the notes, which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit the general.

    “He then ordered that it should be substituted in his brigade for the regulation “Taps” (extinguish lights) which was printed in the Tactics and used by the whole army. This was done for the first time that night. The next day buglers from nearby brigades came over to the camp of Butterfield’s brigade to ask the meaning of this new call.

    ……………

    Gen. Butterfield, in composing this call and directing that it be used for “Taps” in his brigade, could not have foreseen its popularity and the use for another purpose into which it would grow. Today, whenever a man is buried with military honors anywhere in the United States, the ceremony is concluded by firing three volleys of musketry over the grave, and sounding with the trumpet or bugle “Put out the lights. Go to sleep”…There is something singularly beautiful and appropriate in the music of this wonderful call. Its strains are melancholy, yet full of rest and peace. Its echoes linger in the heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air.”

    If you go to the site I copied a portion of the article from you can click on the soldier and listen to Taps. It truly is a beautiful sound.

    I stress no fooling around during Taps because it is a part of our history. As old as this song is and it is still so important to us. Here are the words:

    Words to Taps
    (Note: there are no “official” words to Taps
    below are the most popular.)

    Day is done,
    gone the sun,
    From the hills,
    from the lake,
    From the skies.
    All is well,
    safely rest,
    God is nigh.

    Go to sleep,
    peaceful sleep,
    May the soldier
    or sailor,
    God keep.
    On the land
    or the deep,
    Safe in sleep.

    Love, good night,
    Must thou go,
    When the day,
    And the night
    Need thee so?
    All is well.
    Speedeth all
    To their rest.

    Fades the light;
    And afar
    Goeth day,
    And the stars
    Shineth bright,
    Fare thee well;
    Day has gone,
    Night is on.

    Thanks and praise,
    For our days,
    ‘Neath the sun,
    Neath the stars,
    ‘Neath the sky,
    As we go,
    This we know,
    God is nigh.

    Now my troop only knows the first verse, but now I’m thinking they need to learn all of it 🙂 Just because you can NEVER have too much down time to unwind and relax before leaving the meeting.

    Happy Scouting!

    Kell