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Silver Fish

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Olave Baden-Powell wearing the Silver Fish award.

The Silver Fish is the highest award in the Girl Guiding/Scouting movement. It is awarded for outstanding service to the movement.

History

The award of Silver Fish existed from the beginning of the Guiding movement. It is mentioned in the November 1909 edition of the Boy Scout Headquarters Gazette in "The Scheme for 'Girl Guides'". Here a girl must pass seventeen specified efficiency badges.[1] However, in Pamphlet A: Baden-Powell Girl Guides, a Suggestion for Character Training for Girls, also published in 1909, twenty efficiency badges were needed to obtain the Silver Fish.[2] This was later reduced to fifteen and, additionally, good all round work was required.[1] The award was considered a sign of a girl 'who could make her way upstream'.

In October 1917, the award changed to being given for outstanding service to the movement. At this time, the design also changed from a whiting with its tail in its mouth worn on a silver chain to a swimming fish worn on a dark and light blue striped ribbon.

Olave Baden-Powell was presented with a gold Silver Fish in 1918, then the only one of its kind. In 1995, Betty Clay was presented with a gold Silver Fish in the form of a brooch.

Recipients

  • Safiya Abdel-Rahman[3]
  • Vera Armstrong[4]
  • Olave Baden-Powell[1]
  • Gladys "Jim" Buntine[5]
  • Mona Burgin [4]
  • Enid, Lady Burnham [4]
  • Mary Chater [4]
  • Betty Clay[6]
  • The Honorable Lady Cochrane [4]
  • The Honorable Beryl Cozens-Hardy [4]
  • Lady Davies [4]
  • Irene Fairbairn[7]
  • Betty Fripp [4]
  • Dame Anstice Gobbs [4]
  • Dame Helen Gwynne-Vaughan [4]
  • Elizabeth Hartley [4]
  • Gwen Hesketh [4]
  • Rose Kerr [4]
  • Alix Liddell [4]
  • Elanor Manning[5]
  • Dame Joan Marsham [4]
  • Margaret Martin [4]
  • Princess Mary[1]
  • Nesta G. Maude, first Guide to receive the (old-style) award[1]
  • A. M. Maynard [4]
  • Lady Mary Pellatt[8]
  • Joyce Price[9]
  • The Lady Stratheden and Campbell [4]
  • Violet Synge [4]
  • Verona Wallace Williamson [4]
  • Penelope Wood-Hill [4]
  • Rosa Ward [4]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Kerr, Rose (1976). Story of the Girl Guides 1908-1938. London: Girl Guides Association. 
  2. "Fact Sheet- The Three Baden-Powells:Robert, Agnes and Olave". Girl Guides of Canada Guides du Canada. http://www.girlguides.ca/media/pdfs/14-3/14.3.1.7.pdf. Retrieved 2006-09-28. 
  3. Mazhar, Inas (15 - 21 April 2004). "Alternate Ideas". Al-Ahram Weekly. http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/686/profile.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 4.16 4.17 4.18 4.19 4.20 4.21 Liddell, Alix (1976). Story of the Girl Guides 1938-1975. London: Girl Guides Association. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 "History". Guides Australia. http://www.guidesaus.org.au/page.php?pageid=26. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  6. "Betty Has Gone Home". http://pinetreeweb.com/betty-clay.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  7. Maunders, David. "Fairbairn, Irene Florence (1899 - 1974) Biographical Entry". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Australian National University. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A140135b.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-25. 
  8. "Guides of Canada - Legacy Giving". Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada. http://www.girlguides.ca/default.asp?id=829. Retrieved 2005-09-25. 
  9. "Price, Joyce Ethel - Bright Sparcs Biographical Entry". Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/bsparcs/biogs/P004319b.htm. Retrieved 2006-09-25.