The Full Wiki

Silver Fish: Wikis


Note: Many of our articles have direct quotes from sources you can cite, within the Wikipedia article! This article doesn't yet, but we're working on it! See more info or our list of citable articles.

Did you know ...

More interesting facts on Silver Fish

Include this on your site/blog:


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Silver Fish is the highest adult award in Girlguiding UK. It is awarded for outstanding service to Girlguiding UK combined with service to world Guiding. The award has changed greatly since it first appeared in 1911, initially being awarded to girls on completion of a number of badges, then via numerous stages to the highest award in the Guiding movement worldwide, and then on to its position as a Girlguiding UK award.


Award criteria

The Silver Fish is not earned, but given to those who are nominated and are considered worthy of the award. Recipients must be members of Girlguiding UK, have done outstanding service to Guiding in more than one capacity and made a contribution to world Guiding.[1] Ideally candidates should be at least 18 months from retirement and have held an appointment within 6 months of the nomination.[1]


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.[2] 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.[3] This was later reduced to fifteen and, additionally, good all round work was required.[2] The award was considered a sign of a girl 'who could make her way upstream'.

Around the time of the foundation of the Girl Scouts of the USA in 1912, their handbook listed the Silver Fish as the highest honour in Girl Scouting. However, before anyone could earn it, the Golden Eaglet was introduced.[4]

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.

The award became the highest in worldwide Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting[5], but then changed to become a Girlguiding UK specific award.

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.


See also


  1. ^ a b "Awards Procedure". Girlguiding South West England. Retrieved 2007-05-02.  
  2. ^ a b c d Kerr, Rose (1976). Story of the Girl Guides 1908-1938. London: Girl Guides Association.  
  3. ^ "Fact Sheet- The Three Baden-Powells:Robert, Agnes and Olave". Girl Guides of Canada Guides du Canada. Retrieved 2006-09-28.  
  4. ^ Girl Scout Gold Award Planning Book. Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council.  
  5. ^ a b Gibbard, Joyce. "Rymill, Shylie Katharine (1882 - 1959)". Australian Dictionary of Biography Online. Australian National University. Retrieved 2007-05-02.  
  6. ^ Mazhar, Inas (15 - 21 April 2004). "Alternate Ideas". Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved 2006-09-25.  
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Liddell, Alix (1976). Story of the Girl Guides 1938-1975. London: Girl Guides Association.  
  8. ^ a b "History". Guides Australia. Retrieved 2006-09-25.  
  9. ^ Bright, Judith (2006-04-07). Burgin, Annie Mona 1903 1985. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 2007-05-01.  
  10. ^ "Betty Has Gone Home". Retrieved 2006-09-25.  
  11. ^ Maunders, David. "Fairbairn, Irene Florence (1899 - 1974) Biographical Entry". Australian Dictionary of Biography, Online Edition. Australian National University. Retrieved 2006-09-25.  
  12. ^ Bright, Judith (2006-04-07). "Herrick, Hermione Ruth 1889 - 1983". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Retrieved 2007-05-07.  
  13. ^ "Guides of Canada - Legacy Giving". Guides of Canada-Guides du Canada. Retrieved 2005-09-25.  
  14. ^ "Price, Joyce Ethel - Bright Sparcs Biographical Entry". Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Retrieved 2006-09-25.  


Got something to say? Make a comment.
Your name
Your email address