This award was established upon the retirement of Buck Harris, a former executive director of the Virginia Tidewater Girl Scout Council. Buck dedicated her life to providing the finest in camping and outdoor education programs Her friends felt that this award would be an appropriate way to honor her. The Buck Harris fund was established with the understanding that the principal is never to be used, only the interest that is accrued.
The award is presented at the Girl Awards Celebration each year and consists of a framed certificate and a certificate towards attending a GSCCC sponsored summer camp. One Girl Scout will be selected and honored in this manner. All other nominees will receive a nominee certificate.
To qualify for the award, a girl must be nominated by the girls in her troop, group or service unit or by an adult who is aware of her qualifications. As girls decide on their nominee, help them understand this is more than a popularity contest.
Nominators should see the Girl Scout nominee as a person who has an awareness of herself as a unique person of worth; relates to others with sensitivity and respect for their needs, feelings, and contributions; has developed values that give meaning and direction to her life; and uses her skills and talents to serve the community in some way.