Girl Scout Life Saving Medals, Medals of Merit & Honorable Mention Medals ...

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The early Girl Scout Lifesaving Cross came in at least 3 different designs -
 

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Images from handbooks

1913 era

1917 era

1920 era

1913 - Bronze Cross with red ribbon was ... awarded as the highest possible award for gallantry, and may be worn only when the claimant has show special heroism or has faced extraordinary risk of life.

1913 - Silver Cross with blue ribbon was...awarded for saving a life with considerable risk to oneself.

Be Prepared

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1919

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Life Saving Cross
Silver
1922-1956

Life Saving Cross
Bronze
1922 - 1942
(award continues, design changed)

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The 1943 Girl Scout catalog showed a design change in the Life Saving Cross in Bronze. The words "For Valor" are no longer on the ribbon pin clasp, and the ribbon is noticeably longer.

The trefoil also appears to have been slightly modernized.

The catalog only shows one medal, it could be assumed that the Silver version also received a design change, but I have no proof.

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In the 1959 Girl Scout catalog, the Life Saving Bronze Cross had the words "For Valor" returned, and a modernized trefoil, the wings of the eagle have a "stubby" look.

Current Life Saving Bronze Cross

Some examples appear to have an antique finish to the metal pieces. This example, left, does not. 

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Medal of Merit
1913-1920

Gilt Sterling Silver on a white ribbon

Medal of Merit
 

For a Scout who does her duty exceptionally well, though without risks to herself, or for twenty marks awarded by her captain for various specially good actions or for specially good work in recruiting on behalf of the Girl Scout movement.

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1920-1925

Earlier titles were Badge of Merit and Gilt Medal of Merit

This award was basically a "character" award,
for being an outstanding Girl Scout, but not having put one's life in danger.


At one point it was required to have earned this medal
to achieve the Golden Eaglet.


Requirements changed over the years,
causing confusion and the award was discontinued in 1925.

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Honorable Mention Award/ Medal of Honor

...Where a Girl Scout show presence of mind, and demonstrate the true Girl Scout spirit in an emergency of any sort, but where the circumstances are not such as to warrant the giving of a Life Saving Medal...

1937-1958 - ribbon covers the clasp

1959 - current