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Girls' Highest Awards
Through the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, girls Discover, Connect, and Take Action—which translates into knowing yourself, reaching out to others, and making a real difference in your community.
Once a girl has made the decision to pursue the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, or Bronze Award, her next step is to complete and send in the Girl Award Notice of Intent. The letter does not require girls to earn an award, but helps your council provide support along the way.
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This helpful chart summarizes what we expect girls to achieve in a successful Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award project. See how each award includes the same key parts, but girls' leadership skills and expectations advance as they gain experience and are ready to take on a bigger challenge. We strongly recommend you use this chart to keep your project on track.
Another helpful resource: Find out the difference between Community Service Projects and Take Action Projects.
New!! Submit your project to be pinned on this giant map of how Girl Scouts are improving their communities, all across the US! Link here
Girl Scout Bronze Award
Girl Scout Juniors, grades 4-5
Girls work together as a troop or group to brainstorm a fresh solution to an issue in their community, then put their plan in action as a team. Each girl puts at least 20 hours of work into the group's project. She completes her own Final Report to reflect on what she learned. Find the requirements to earn the Bronze Award in your Junior Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
About the Girl Scout Bronze Award
GS Bronze Award Final Report
Please note: the Bronze Award asks the team to track income and expenses related to the project, as well as the hours each team member invests. To be most successful, we recommend you print the Expense Sheet and Time Log from the Final Report above and use them to track these things as you go.
Girl Scout Silver Award
Girl Scout Cadettes, grades 6-8
Girls work individually or in a small team to brainstorm a fresh solution to an issue in their community. They each invest at least 50 hours in carrying out their project, reaching out to build connections in their greater community, beyond their families and Girl Scout sisters. If working as part of a team, the girls address a cause together, but each girl designs her own, separate part of the project where she shines as a leader. Each girl completes her own Final Report to reflect on what she learned. Find the requirements to earn the Silver Award in your Cadette Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Please note: the Silver Award asks the each girl to track income and expenses related to the project, as well as the hours she invests. To be most successful, we recommend you print the Expense Sheet and Time Log from the Final Report above and use them to track these things as you go.
Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, grades 9-12
Review the girl and adult guidelines for the Gold Award by consulting one of the following:
- Senior Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
- Ambassador Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting
- Download from GSUSA's Go Gold webpage
Girls in grades 9-12 who plan to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award are required to attend an orientation to learn about the Gold Award approval process and the characteristics of a successful final project.
One (free and convenient!) way to meet this requirement is to join in a Girl Scout Gold Award Conference Call. Each call begins at 7 pm and lasts about an hour and a half. To RSVP for the conference call and to receive the call-in number, just complete the online registration (to the right) at least one business day before the conference call you would like to attend. Adults working with girls are also encouraged to take part in the conference call.
To RSVP for the conference call and to receive the call-in number complete the online registration on the right.
For questions please contact your region's program specialist or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gold Award Forms
Many girls find it helpful to use the Go Gold website, created by our national organization, Girl Scouts of the USA. Click the Go Gold logo below.
Alternately, you may use Lakes and Pines' Gold Award forms, which are available here.
National Leadership and Mentoring Awards
Girls in grades 6-12: Are you ready to take on the challenge of earning National Leadership and Mentoring Awards like Service to Girl Scouting Award, Counselor in Training or the Gold Torch? Join thousands of other Girl Scouts and take your leadership journey to the next level! Find more information and steps to earn the award in your Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Serve your community and learn new skills by earning these awards:
For Girl Scout Cadettes: Leader in Action, Program Aide, Silver Torch, Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar
For Girl Scout Seniors: Counselor in Training I (CIT I), Volunteer in Training, Gold and Silver Torch, Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar
For Girl Scout Ambassadors: Counselor in Training I (CIT I), Counselor in Training II (CIT II), Volunteer in Training, Gold Torch, Community Service Bar, Service to Girl Scouting Bar
When you have completed one of these awards, please fill out this form to let us know. Celebrate your achievement at your local awards and recognition ceremony and share your story with younger Girl Scouts in your community!
Meeting a Need in Her School Community:
Claire Furlong's Silver Award
As a 6th grader at Hibbing’s Lincoln Elementary School, Claire Furlong saw some of her classmates struggling to do their schoolwork because they weren’t fluent in using their iPads. Claire took action. For her Girl Scout Silver Award project, Claire created and distributed a packet of instructions to help her fellow students.
In her own words,
Last year, every student grades 3-6 in my district received iPads. We received some instruction on how to use them, but new students hardly received any. A new student in my class had just gotten his iPad, and had not received any instruction on how to use it. My teacher got very angry with the student because he hadn’t finished his spelling homework. The problem was, he didn’t know how to do it on his iPad. This is what made me want to do the project.
Claire created a booklet to teach students how to use all of their apps, which she distributed in both electronic and paper formats. She made sure her project met the school’s needs by working closely with school staff. She writes about teamwork and overcoming challenges:
On some days, teachers would forget their iPads on the days I needed to talk to them. It took a lot of patience and lots more time to wait for them to be ready. On the days I wanted to work or meet with someone, they would be gone from school or in the teacher’s lounge. I took time out of my day to see these people, so it frustrated me when they weren’t there. I learned how to get in touch with busy people successfully, and by that I mean being kind and by making sure you are prepared.
“It took a lot of work, but it really paid off to see how happy my teachers were to see it,” Claire writes. Her project has the potential to help more than just the students at her school:
My principal told me he thought my project was so good that he was going to send the digital copies on to our town’s high school. If it is successful in the Hibbing High School, I hope that teachers will send it on to other schools for them to use.
Claire is a Cadette in Troop 1797, Hibbing, MN, and has been a Girl Scout for five years.
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6, 7, and 8) can earn. Silver Award candidates identify a need in their community and create a Take Action project to address the root cause of the need in a fresh way, like Claire did. These girls invest at least 50 hours in carrying out their plan, as they develop their leadership skills by reaching outside their comfort zone to make connections with individuals or organizations in their community.