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Miranda Wilcox, Horace, N.D., Published March 01 2013

Letter: More attention to Gold Award

Ever heard of the Boy Scout Eagle Award? How about the Girl Scout Gold Award? Each is equivalent to the other, but the Girl Scout Gold Award is pushed into oblivion in comparison to the Eagle.

Only 5 to 6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts actually obtain their Gold, yet just more than 10 percent of boys who reach Eagle age earn the prestigious award. Is it because it’s too hard? Or because girls are not being recognized as much as the boys, so why bother? And it’s not because Eagle has been around longer (Eagle 1911 and Gold 1916). The toughness shouldn’t matter anyway, but to many girls earning their Gold is their greatest achievement, and when they say they earned it and people say, “what’s that?” they feel belittled because it’s to a lesser effect than the Eagle.

When applying for college or scholarships, you can select Eagle and not Gold. It disheartens the girl in getting recognized for the same hard work she put in as the boys. We achieve it at the same ceremony, we both advance in the military for it, and we get the same signed documents from the Legislature congratulating us.

We need to get the word out for the Girl Scout Gold, encouraging more girls to earn it and more recognition when they receive it.