You're ready to make the world a better place. Show everyone how you’ll do it by earning the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Each award will challenge you and helps you take action in a big way.
How do I know my girl has completed all the requirements for her award?
There's a checklist for that! Just download the checklist for the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award and it will walk you through all the pre-requisites and processes - with handy check boxes to help your (or your girl) see the progress made.
Why are journeys prerequisites to earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards?
The journeys give girls a full experience of what they will do as they work to earn the highest awards. The skills girls gain while working on the journeys will help them develop, plan and implement their award Take Action project.
How do girls know when a journey is "completed"?
A journey is completed when a girl has earned the journey awards, which include creating and carrying out a Take Action project
What makes the awards' guidelines different from the journeys?
In contrast to journey Take Action projects, which give girls themes on which to base their journey Take Action project, the Girl Scout Award Take Action projects have no pre-designed theme. Girls select their own theme, design, and execute their Take Action project.
What are the suggested hours for earning each of the awards?
Not all projects will require the same length of time to complete from planning to sharing and celebration. The time it takes to earn the awards will depend on the nature of the project, the size of the team, and the support of the community. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours. After the journey(s) requirement is fulfilled, the suggested minimum number of hours to use as a guide is:
The Bronze Award -- suggested minimum 20 hours
The Silver Award -- suggested minimum 50 hours
The Gold Award -- suggested minimum 80 hours
Can a troop work on an Award together?
Each award level brings a new progression of leadership development and each award level has different group guidelines. At the Bronze level girls must work together in a team setting. When girls work on their Silver Award they have the option to work individually or in a small group setting.
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and girls must earn the Gold Award as an individual.
Can girls begin working on their awards the summer after they bridge (transition) from one Girl Scout level to the next?
Yes. Girls can begin to earn the awards over the summer.
Can Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards focus on Girl Scouting?
Final Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Bronze Award may focus on service in support of the Girl Scout movement, while Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Gold Award are expected to reach beyond Girl Scouting to "make the world a better place." The award progression is planned to offer our younger girls the opportunity to develop their planning and leadership skills within the comfort and familiarity of Girl Scouting if they so choose. As they mature within Girl Scouting, our Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are ready to move beyond the Girl Scout family to share their leadership skills with the wider community. It is in fully exploring their communities that our older girls exemplify the Girl Scout mission to "Build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."
If a girl starts working on her Take Action project and moves; can she still earn her award?
Councils and Overseas Committees are encouraged to be flexible to work and serve the girls’ best interests. If a girl moves, she should work with her new council and/or Overseas Committee to complete the project.
Who are the adult guides for – council staff, parents, or volunteers?
Any adult is welcome to use the adult guides. The guides were designed for volunteers working directly with girls on achieving their awards.
Do we need a different set of requirements for girls with disabilities to earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards?
No. The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are done to the best of a girl’s ability. There is no need to have special requirements for girls with disabilities — encourage flexibility and the recruitment of advisors that can work with the girl individually.
Is sustainability differentiated at each grade level?
The guidelines give girls tools to examine the underlying root cause of issues, develop a sustainable project plan and measure the impact of their project on their community, the target audience and themselves. There is progression. While Girl Scout Juniors working on their Girl Scout Bronze Award will reflect on how the project could be kept going, Girl Scout Cadettes plan for sustainability. Seniors and Ambassadors work to ensure the sustainability of their project in order to meet the Gold Award standards of excellence.
While Juniors explore an issue that affects their Girl Scout community, Cadettes create a community map of their neighborhood or school. Meanwhile Seniors and Ambassadors earning the Gold Award assess an issue and its effect more broadly by interviewing community leaders, research using a variety of sources and investigate other community’s solutions to a similar problem.
How can we make sure that Girl Scout Awards represent quality projects?
The best way to make sure that a girl is doing the best of her ability is to ensure that both she and her project advisor receive orientation about the award and understand the difference between a one time community service opportunity or event and a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Take Action project. It’s the responsibility of the troop/group volunteer, council staff member or Gold Award committee (for Gold Award only) to work with the girl to ensure that she meets the quality requirements of the award.
What does it mean to have a sustainable project?
A sustainable project is one that lasts after the girl’s involvement ends. A focus on education and raising awareness is one way to make sure a project is carried on. Workshops and hands-on learning sessions can inspire others to keep the project going. Another way to create a sustainable project is by collaborating with community groups, civic associations, non-profit agencies, local government, and/or religious organizations to ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement.
How does a girl measure project impact?
Girls identify their project goals for their community, target audience and themselves by developing success indicators using a matrix provided in the guidelines.
What if a girl is 18 and graduating? Can she complete her project when she is in college?
A girl has until she turns 18 or until the end of the Girl Scout membership year (September 30th) when she is a senior in high school.
What if a girl graduates and is 18 and doesn’t have her project completed?
In this case the girl would have until September 30 of the year she graduates.
What if a girl’s project is not completed by the council ceremony time?
This is up to the girl. She might be recognized for her work in progress at the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony for her peers, or she can be honored in a separate ceremony or come back for the council-wide ceremony the next year. If the council has a set time for honoring Girl Scout Gold Awardees, this should be part of the orientation to girls planning their Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls and their project advisors are encouraged to work within the council timeline; however, the ceremony time should not dictate whether or not a girl is able to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.
There are so many great badges to earn in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting! Each one helps you learn something new. Sometimes, though, we want to go a little deeper. Try a little harder. Learn to be a leader. Make a difference in our communities. Maybe we even want to grow in our Faith or learn about a new Faith. There are awards for all of these things!
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While My Promise, My Faith helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious recognitions programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith.
Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. The To Serve God religious recognitions brochure shows the religious recognitions that have been created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and other resources for collaborating with the faith community at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.
As a Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador you can gain leadership experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge, and trying out new roles by mentoring younger girls. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens—some of their favorite people!
Teen Mentoring Awards include Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training I and II, and Volunteer-in-Training. You can find descriptions and requirements for these awards in your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
The Cadette Program Aide (PA) Training is the perfect place to start if you want to mentor younger girl scouts. By earning this award, you’ll gain a basic understanding of how younger girls learn, how to make the journey’s fun for your sister girl scouts, and how to create high-quality experiences.
To earn the Cadette Program Aide, a sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade girl:
Love Camp? Help create those same memories for a new generation of Girl Scouts by earning you’re Counselor-in-Training (CIT) award!
To earn the Counselor-in-Training Award, a girl:
Once you’ve reached the Ambassador level, you can also take your mentoring training a step further with the CIT II Award.
To earn the Counselor-in-Training II award, a girl:
Mentoring girls at camp is so fun and rewarding, but there are so many other ways to be there for your sister Girl Scouts. If bugs and creepy crawlies aren’t your thing, consider earning the Volunteer-in-Training (VIT) Pin. By earning this award, you’ll be able to lead activities in any Girl Scout setting except for at camp. If you’ve completed ninth grade, you’re eligible to earn this award. A Volunteer-in-Training project needs to span a three-to-six-month period.
To earn the Volunteer-in-Training award, a girl:
The Torch Pin recognizes girls who serve in a leadership role in their community. You can earn this award three times; as a Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador. Complete one journey at your current grade level and serve a one year term at your school, church, library, town council, or in any other community leadership role.
Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts Community Service Bar (Outside of Girl Scouting)
The Girl Scout Community Service Bar can be earned once at each level.
• Suggested Organizations:
1. American Red Cross
2. Local libraries
4. Town recreation programs
6. Animal shelters
7. YWCAs/ YMCAs
• Examples: Volunteering at a veterinary hospital, soup kitchen, YMCA, day care, clothes drive, cemetery clean up, etc.
Service to Girl Scouting Bar (Inside of Girl Scouting)
Service to Girl Scouting Bar The Service to Girl Scouting Bar can be earned once at each level.
• Examples: Assisting a Brownie Troop; helping sort the Cookie Cupboard; organizing troop meetings; run a Girl Scout event workshop station, helping council with event/project prep, etc.
Each Service Bar requires 20 hours of service. Remember to obtain the required signatures. Download Community Service Log. You must download and complete a Community Service Log before submitting this form. Click the link and save the PDF to your desktop before filling out. Once you've have filled out the log and saved, upload it where indicated.
After you have completed this form, our staff will review it send the troop leader an email and forward to the Shop for your leader to purchase the bar(s). If you would like a paper copy of this form or have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 345-7722.