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Youth Awards

Youth Garden Clubs must be sponsored by a garden club affiliated with The Garden Club of Indiana, Inc. Sponsoring clubs should obtain manuals and reference material from NGC Headquarters and should register the club with the State Youth Chairman. Only properly registered clubs may apply for awards. 

Age requirements:
Preschool – Kindergarten
Grades       1 – 5
Grades       6 – 8
Grades       9 – 12

These awards may be presented for outstanding work in the following:    
Class A.  Conservation                                   
Class B.  Flower Show Achievement
Class C.  Garden Therapy
Class D.  Horticulture   
Class E.  Litter Control   
Class F.  Scrapbook                
Class G.  Yearbook                  
 

Youth Club Achievement Award

Qualifications for this award will be based on the entire year’s work. Program emphasis for each age group should be placed on a balanced program including horticulture, conservation, nature study, flower arranging and flower show practice.  This would include meetings, workshops, field trips, scrapbooks, garden therapy and other projects.  A Certificate of Award and $25.00 will be given when merited.  Check to be made out to the sponsoring club.  If a club has won the award for two consecutive years, it must wait one year before applying for it again.

Clubs sponsoring award winners will receive a certificate.  Application form (see Award Rules) is to be sent to State Youth Chairman by December 1. A committee of three (3) members, including State Youth Chairman, will judge the applications 
 

SMOKEY BEAR AND WOODSY OWL ENVIRONMENTAL POSTER CONTEST

For current topic, rules, and due date contact State Youth Chairman or NGC website:  www.gardenclub.org. A committee of three (3) members, including the Youth Chairman, will judge the applications.

Competition Divisions:     
1st  Grade    
2nd Grade    
3rd  Grade    
4th  Grade    
5th Grade 
 

POETRY CONTEST

The contest is open to all students Kindergarten through Ninth Grade.  Special Education: Kindergarten through Ninth Grade.  For current theme contact State Youth Chairman or NGC website: www.gardenclub.org.

Contest Rules:
1.  All entries must be typed and titled.
2.  Include name, address, age and school grade of participant on back of entry.
3.  Sponsoring garden club and state federation name must also be identified.
4. “Generations of Gardeners” sponsoring garden club may be that of a grandparent.
5.  All entries become the property of NGC, Inc.
6.  Poems do not have to rhyme.
7.  Poems may be traditional verse, acrostics, blank verse, cinquains, diamond poems or Haiku.

Scale of Points for Judging:
Title – 10 pts
Content    – 40 pts
Creativity – 30 pts   
Style – 20 pts
Total – 100 pts

Send to State Youth Chairman by December 1.  A committee of three (3) members, including the State Youth Chairman, will judge the applications.

ESSAY CONTEST FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

The contest is open to all students in the 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. The contestant must be sponsored by a federated garden club or district. For current topic contact State Youth Chairman or see NGC website:  www.gardenclub.org. The one entry judged best overall in the essay contest may be awarded the Richard J. Harley Essay Award ($50.00).  Send to State Youth Chairman by December 1.  A committee of three (3) members, including the State Youth Chairman, will judge the applications.  
 

THE BORING-WONN HIGH SCHOOL DISTINGUISHED SERVICE PROJECT

($50.00) may be awarded to a high school student, grades 9-12, for an outstanding civic project making a significant improvement for public benefit, e.g. environment, conservation, landscape, horticulture, recycling, horticulture therapy, others.  A single member garden club, group of member clubs, districts, or a state garden club must sponsor the contest.  Send to the State Youth Chairman by December 1.  A committee of three (3) members, including State Youth Chairman, will judge the applications.

NGC awards available: Y-1; Y-2; Y-3; Y-4; Y-5; Y-6; YR-1; YR-1; YR-3.

Refer to the NGC website:  www.gardenclub.org for additional Youth Awards that may be offered.

Page last updated: July 22, 2020