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girl scout gold award: worth the effort?

mahimahimahimahi Posts: 50Registered User Junior Member
edited June 2007 in Parents Forum
My D is a sophomore. Her girl scout troop is slowly phasing out and few girls of that age are very active members anymore. She has completed all the prerequisites for the gold award and I wonder if it is "worth it" in terms of importance/prestige for college applications. The award will take 65 hours of effort and the local GS council makes the girls jump through a lot of bureaucratic hoops to achieve it. Frankly, she could just do the project without the GS "endorsement" and it would be easier. So, CC community, is the Girl Scout Gold Award impressive to anyone in college admissions these day?
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  • MADadMADad Posts: 1,793Registered User Senior Member
    I would say yes, absolutely. Eagle Scout or Gold Award shows commitment, leadership, and lots of community service. Also, it shows standing up for one's convictions, since continuing with scouting while in HS is probably not considered to be "cool" to the average kid.

    As someone who screens National Honor Society applicants at my HS, we look at those awards very favorably. I would imagine admissions people would as well.
  • DevilsruleDevilsrule Posts: 809Registered User Member
    I would definitely stick with it and go for the award as well. The post above sums it up pretty well, but yes, it does shows a strong dedication and conviction, provides great opportunites for community service, and serves as a highlight of qualifications when applying for scholarhips, honor society admissions, etc. While many will be able to put "girl scouts for so and so years", that award distinguishes the recipient as a leader among all those who just did girl scouts but have little to actually show for it. I did Boy Scouts and wish I had stuck with it to Eagle. I made it to Star and then fell away from it, and I regret not getting that award that would have been a great highlight. Definitely go for it
  • MotherdearMotherdear Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
    Yes! We are convinced that the Gold Award opened a tremendous number of doors for D.

    Your D can always switch troops. Call your Council and get a list of all the Teen Troops in the area. I would recommend going to a very large troop that has more girls in each grade rather than a small one with the same 10 girls since Brownies. The large troops never cancel events due to lack of interest because there are always enough girls who want to go. The large-troop leaders tend to be very knowledgable about Gold Award reqs. and can provide valuable insight in your D's pursuit of this GA.
  • vonlostvonlost Posts: 14,503Super Moderator Senior Member
    Yes! GS Gold is a strong award, and can easily be the factor gaining her admittance to a school over a similar candidate without it. Schools certainly do look at the whole candidate, and GS Gold, like BS Eagle, can be a big part of an application.

    A related question to all: Should Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts even be mentioned on the app if the Gold or Eagle award was not earned?
  • MotherdearMotherdear Posts: 1,289Registered User Senior Member
    I still think Scouting should be mentioned even without a GA/Eagle since it still shows involvement, community service, and commitment. Wouldn't a student that played a sport all 4 years but didn't become captain still mention it in the EC section?
  • ShrinkrapShrinkrap Posts: 11,784Registered User Senior Member
    I saw a financial award specifically for Scouts with the eagle, gold, or silver award. I believe it was 3k for the gold, less for the silver. My daughter got her silver and is supposed to be working on gold, but is not making much progress. Perhaps your comments will motivate her.
  • Dad'o'2Dad'o'2 Posts: 585Registered User Member
    Although it looks good, it is really hard to say whether the award will tip the scales at any particular school.

    I think that the process of completing the project and jumping through the hoops itself is a good learning experience, based on watching my S go through it for his Eagle. It forced him to write up and present the plans, make the phone calls, raise funds, adapt to changing conditions, and accept the thanks that resulted from the completion of the project.

    I would suggest that she not put it off too much longer, though, as interests change and other activities become more attractive as these kids get older and start driving.
  • parentstwoparentstwo Posts: 187Registered User Junior Member
    I agree with Dad'o'2 about the process. It has value regardless of college admissions. In fact, if your D's main motiviation for doing the Gold award is that it will help with college, then she'll probably be disappointed.

    My D did the Gold award along with about 16 other girls in her her troop--it was an extraordinary group. It obviously didn't tip the balance for the most selective schools to which she applied (she didn't get in), and I am certain that without the Gold award, she would still have gotten into the schools where she was admitted.
  • ucsd_ucla_daducsd_ucla_dad Posts: 8,573Registered User Senior Member

    Both of my D's earned their Gold awards. I actually asked an Berkeley adcom directly if the GS Gold award is looked upon favorably for admittance and she said 'definitely yes'.

    The award usually validates community service hours and leadership completed. In addition, the community service/leadership project and hours opens up more doors for scholarships. Just from a financial perspective one can do well by the Gold award.
  • CatfishCatfish Posts: 725Registered User Member
    Your daughter will have to deal with bureaucratic hoop-jumping for the rest of her life. She might as well learn to start navigating those obstacles now, especially with such a great potential reward.
  • ucsd_ucla_daducsd_ucla_dad Posts: 8,573Registered User Senior Member
    Also, if her troop is falling apart she can always finish the Gold award on her own. She doesn't need to be in a troop for this.
  • fireflyscoutfireflyscout Posts: 5,373Registered User Senior Member
    Please encourage your daughter to earn the Gold Award. As someone mentioned earlier, there are scholarships available for Gold Award recipients and colleges DO take notice (Carleton College noted a Gold Award recipient on their class of 2010 profile).

    Even without the Gold (or Eagle) Award, scouting should be included as an EC on the application. My daughter was a Girl Scout for 13 years (no Gold, but that's another story) - she had many amazing experiences and opportunities within GS, including attending a national convention.
  • scout59scout59 Posts: 2,767Registered User Senior Member
    Add me to the chorus of "go for the Gold." My own D is working on the service project now - yes, it's a lot of forms and red tape, and yes, it's a hassle at times, but as someone else implied, it's good practice for life.

    I have a close family member who has worked in admissions for several schools, and he says that the Eagle/Gold awardees always stand out.
  • ohio_momohio_mom Posts: 4,045Registered User Senior Member
    Another yes - for the satisfaction of completing a difficult project, for possible scholarships, and for an additional dimension in college admissions.
  • dt123dt123 Posts: 1,178Registered User Senior Member
    My D received her Gold this year in time for it to be included in her college apps. She received reach admissions and merit aid offers that surprised us, and I attribute her success to the Gold. It was her strongest EC and details of her project were featured in her essays.
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