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Girl Scout Golden Eaglet

The Golden Eaglet Award was the highest rank of Girl Scouting from 1919 through 1939. The requirements varied over the years from simply earning 14 of 17 specific badges to later requirements that included earning the Medal of Merit. In later years the number of badges was altered and a letter of Commendation was allowed in place of the Medal of Merit. A special form was used to apply for the award from the National Headquarters.

In 1919 the design was changed to the ones shown below and the named was changed to Golden Eaglet from the Golden Eagle of Merit.

According to the Girl Scout Collector's Guide, Juliette Low once wrote that "the five requirements for winning the Golden Eaglet are character, health, handicraft, happiness and service, and that others will expect to find in our Golden Eaglets a perfect specimen of girlhood: mentally, morally and physically."

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1919 - 1929 pin is gold filled and measures about 1 1/8" by 1 1/8".

1930 - 1933 - changed to 10k.

1934 - 1939 pin is 10k and measures about 7/8" by 7/8".

1929 - 1939 miniature pin was briefly gold filled then changed to 10k, measures 1/2" by 1/2". Meant for non-uniform wear.

Image of the 3 different sizes of pins donated by Gail C. Schrader

 

 

Lines to a Golden Eaglet

I would wish you the range of the eaglet’s eye

The strength of his wings that your spirit may fly

Over all of life’s turmoil - your purpose held high.

I would wish you the courage to walk unafraid

Wearing proudly the symbol of your accolade.

Birdsall Otis Edey

 

 

 

 

A 1922 newspaper article noting a citizen Girl Scout earning the  Golden Eaglet. A citizen Girl Scout was an older age level Girl Scout.

 

Originally called the Golden Eagle of Merit, the award  from 1916 - 1918 was an eagle with a wingspan making the item nearby twice as long as it was tall. It was attached to a red, white and blue ribbon.

Image from 1918 Catalog

 

image: F.T. Rick Bedsworth, Las Vegas International Scouting Museum. www.worldscoutingmuseum.org

Is this pin a Golden Eagle of Merit?

 

image: F.T. Rick Bedsworth, Las Vegas International Scouting Museum. www.worldscoutingmuseum.org

Is this pin a Golden Eagle of Merit?

 

 

According to the Girl Scout Collector's Guide by Degenhardt and Kirsch there are no known examples of the Golden Eagle of Merit pin, nor does anyone know the dimensions of the pin.

About this pin - the image was sent to me, and it may be a Golden Eagle of Merit. I contacted other GS Historians and Collectors and here are some thoughts about this pin:

The black & white image shown left, from a 1918 GS catalog is the clearest example I can find.

The pin shown above is not gold, or golden but I can find nothing that states the Golden Eagle of Merit pin was gold.

It may be a military pin - the Navy's Captains Pin has an eagle that faces left, perhaps this is an older version, or maybe the Golden Eagle of Merit was made by a company that also made military pins (After all this was around World War I)

Annelies S. sent me the reverse of the same pin, she knew the previous owner of this pin.