Taking the Lead

Girl Scout Awards

 Through our unique Leadership Development Program, the words of the Girl Scout Mission come to life: Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Leadership development is the core of the Movement and is the thread that is woven through everything a girl experiences in Girl Scouts. The Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the embodiment of this leadership and set age appropriate standards for the highest achievements at various levels.
In Girl Scouting, Discover+Connect+Take Action=Leadership
Discover: Girls understand themselves and their values and use their knowledge and skills to explore the world.

Connect: Girls care about, inspire and team with others locally and globally.

Take Action: Girls act to make the world a better place.
All Girl Scout experiences, particularly the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, are purposefully designed to follow these three steps. To meet these goals, girls must act intentionally to determine the what, where, when how and why of their project. They lead the planning and decision making, with guidance from their troop advisor. Regional staff advisors are available to help with this process.
Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards

For each of these awards - the highest achievements in Girl Scouting - you will have planned and executed a project that fulfills a need within ther community (whether local or global), creates change, and encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.  Each year, the top ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients in the nation are honored as Young Women of Distinction for their outstanding work, an honor two Girl Scouts from Girl Scouts of Black Diamond Council have received.  For each of these three awards, they are the highlight of the Girl Scout experience. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, focuses on a 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grade Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout's interests and personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self improvement, and service.

The Girl Scout Silver Award symbolizes a 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Cadette Girl Scout's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities as she matures and works to better her life and the lives of others.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award recognizes that a 4th or 5th grade Junior Girl Scout has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through with a project that makes a positive difference in her community.