Awards

There are four groups in Girls’ Brigade; Cadets (4-8 years old), Juniors (7-11 years old), Seniors (10-14 years old) and Pioneers (13-18 years old). Girls are able to join the age appropriate group anytime once they have started school. The girls in each group work towards awards that are received at the end of each year. The awards involve girls completing achievements that focus on spiritual, educational, social and physical themes.

achievements

Cadets (4 – 8 years old)

Cadets can earn three stars: blue, red and gold.

The symbol represents that star the Wise men followed to find Jesus. Cadets are just starting their journey through life and as they work for this award they too can find Jesus.

The Cadet award is divided in to three aspects, Educational, Social and Physical, while Spiritual themes are incorporated in each of these.

A Cadet would normally complete a Star within a Cadet year.

 

Juniors (7 – 11 years old)

Juniors can earn three circles: blue, red and gold.

The circle symbolises our motto “Seek, Serve and Follow Christ”.

Educational, Social and Physical programs are key to the Junior award, which also involves ‘encountering God’ in each of these. The activities are set to cater to each girl at different stages of their development.

A Junior would normally complete a Circle within a Junior year.

 

Seniors (10 – 14 years old)

Seniors can earn three rectangles: blue, red and gold.

The rectangles contain hands representing “Serving Hands”

The Senior Award includes both discussions and activities while still focussing on our core achievements of Educational, Social and Physical, and incorporating Spiritual themes.

 

Pioneers (13 – 18 years old)

Pioneers has a focus on helping girls develop into young women while encouraging them in leadership, teaching them life skills and allowing them to grow in their faith

Pioneers can earn three triangles: blue, red and gold.

The triangles contain a symbol representing CHRIST THE KING.

Each Pioneer Award is divided into 3 aspects, being: Skills, Service, Spiritual, yet caters to girls’ individual and group interests.

 

Pioneer Pin

The Pioneer Pin is the highest Australian Award awarded at National level.

Pioneer Pin 001

It is awarded to Pioneer who:

  • Completes the three Pioneer Achievement Awards
  • Gains one GB Award while in the Pioneer Unit
  • Completes the Preliminary Leadership Course and one Advanced Leadership Training Course.
  • 6 months “In Company” service (eg care of games equipment, help set up – clear away, birthdays card distribution, operation of audio/visual equipment.)

Successful assessment by an interview Panel. The Panel members consider a confidential report on the Applicant from her Captain and Chaplain/Minister and then assess the girl on her work done in Brigade and on her attitude to the whole of life. The interview panel then make an endorsement of her attitude, commitment and willingness to serve others.

The Application is then endorsed at both the State and National levels.

 

GB Award

Each year girls can earn an additional award.

gbaward_large

These are awarded based on the following criteria:

Cadets

  • 60% attendance over one year or if a girl joins during the year 60% of time remaining.
  • The minimum time frame is one school term.
  • Learn a minimum of four (4) memory verses throughout the year.

Juniors

  • 60% attendance over one year or if a girl joins during the year 60% of time remaining.
  • The minimum time frame is one school term.
  • Learn a minimum of seven (7) memory verses throughout the year.

Seniors and Pioneers

  • 60% attendance over one year or if a girl joins during the year 60% of time remaining
  • The minimum time frame is one school term
  • The girl demonstrates a commitment to explore her journey with Jesus over the one year period. For example, this may be shown by regular attendance and involvement at church services, youth group, bible studies or other activities that would lead to the extension of her knowledge of the Christian faith and possible personal commitment.

 

Operation Reachout

Girls’ Brigade Australia encourages Companies to learn about other Girls’ Brigade Companies in other countries of the world. A special award is offered for each Fellowship.

Operationreachoutbadges_large

  • Africa – Green
  • American/Caribbean – Pale Blue
  • Asia – Maroon
  • Europe – White
  • Pacific – Blue