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Emerald/Diamond Advancement Overview

Emerald and Diamond level girls have a badge and rank based advancement system. We have a growing catalog of badges, which support a progression through a series of ranks and awards. Our core ministry objectives are woven all throughout our advancement system.

Learning the Basics

For new Emerald/Diamond members, including new 6th grade girls, the Field-Forest-Hill progression provides them an opportunity to become familiar with a variety of programmatic aspects and become acclimated to our advancement system.

Field Rank Forest Rank Hill Rank
Regular Pace 6th (Sept/Oct) 6th grade (Sept-Dec) 6th grade (Jan-May)
Minimum Time n/a 3 months 6 months total (3 months at Forest)
Leadership Motto, Promise, Verse, Sign, Salute, Mission Statement, Pledge, Safety, Flag Etiquette Servant Leadership Basics Badge Assist in planning and implementing a Flock or Topaz/Sapphire event.
Service see above Participate in 1 service project Complete 3 hours of community service.
Faith & Discipleship see above Discuss meaning of Fellowship AND Attend one fellowship event. Learn about Prayer.
Outdoor see above Outdoor Basics Badge (includes 1 night tent camping) Suggested: 3 nights total tent-camping
Life Skills see above Safety Basics Badge 1 Core badges AND 1 Elective badge
Leader Conference None Leader conference Patrol Leader conference

Growing in Leadership

With the foundation provided by the Field-Forest-Hill rank progression, the girl is ready to take on more challenges with the Mountain and Summit ranks, which require more initiative and leadership.

Mountain Rank Summit Rank
Regular Pace 7th Grade (Jun-May) 8th Grade (June-May)
Minimum Time 12 months total (6 months at Hill) 18 months total (6 months at Mountain)
Leadership Hold a leadership position for 3 months. Hold a leadership position for 6 months AND Plan & implement a service or event.
Service Complete 6 hours of community service. Complete 6 hours of community service.
Faith & Discipleship Faith & Discipleship Award OR 1 Trek/Journey book completion Faith & Discipleship Award OR 1 Trek/Journey book completion
Outdoor Suggested: 8 nights total camping (at least 5 which are tent-camping) Total 10 nights camping (7 of those tent-camping) AND teach or lead at two campouts.
Life Skills 2 Core badges AND 2 Elective badges 2 Core badges AND 2 Elective badges
Leader Conference Unit Leader conference Board of Review

Demonstrating Leadership

A girl at the Summit Rank has a broad set of experiences preparing her for the future. She may also pursue our Crown Award, a capstone award which requires a significant servant-leadership project experience.

Crown Award
Regular Pace 9th /10th Grade (June Yr 1– November Yr 2)
Minimum Time 9 months at Summit Rank
Leadership Crown service project
Service Crown service project
Faith & Discipleship Faith & Discipleship Award/AWANA Journey & Inductive Bible Study & Share testimony
Outdoor Total 15 nights camping (10 tent camping)
Skills (Badges) 5 Core badges 3 Elective badges
Leader Conference Board of Review

Continuing Leadership

Girls with the Crown Award are encouraged to pursue a series of Jewels, each demonstrating continued commitment to growth and servant leadership.

Jewels requirements are subject to change. Please see your Unit Leader before pursuing.

Jewel Jewel Jewel Jewel*
Regular Pace 10th grade/2nd semester (December-May) 11th grade/1st semester (June-November) 11th grade/2nd semester (December-May) 12th grade/1st semester (June-November)
Minimum Time 6 months 6 months 6 months 6 months
Leadership Half-year leadership position Half-year leadership position Half-year leadership position Half-year leadership position
Service 6hr & .5hr project support 6hr & .5hr project support 6hr & .5hr project support 6hr & .5hr project support
Faith & Discipleship Continued participation and/or leadership. Continued participation and/or leadership. Continued participation and/or leadership. Bible (Diamond)
Required Skills/Badges Finance (Diamond) OR Citizenship (Diamond) OR Advanced Career Skills (Diamond) Finance (Diamond) OR Citizenship (Diamond) OR Advanced Career Skills (Diamond) Finance (Diamond) OR Citizenship (Diamond) OR Advanced Career Skills (Diamond) Advanced Fitness & Wellness (Diamond) w/First Aid/AED/CPR OR Lifeguarding Cert.
Electives 1 Elective badge 1 Elective badge 1 Elective badge 1 Elective badge

* Jewels may be done in any order after earning Crown and are listed in this order for example purposes only.

Core Badges

Emerald and Diamond Girls have ten core badges to pursue. While these can be completed independently in many cases, they are also programmed on a rotating basis to complete two per year within the patrol setting.

  • Aquatics & Water Safety
  • Common Cents (Money)
  • First Aid
  • Good Citizen (Citizenship & Flag Etiquette)
  • Camping & Outdoor Skills
  • Cooking & Nutrition
  • Family & Home
  • Fitness & Healthy Living
  • Outdoor Explorer
  • Weather & Emergency Preparedness
Worth Far Above Rubies
Flock 1210: Shepherd’s Girls is a ministry of The Shepherd’s Church of Cary, NC.
6051 Tryon Rd., Cary, NC 27518

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