Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards
Girl Scouts’ highest honors recognize and celebrate a girl’s leadership, team-building skills, dedication, and determination to improve her life, the lives of others, and her community.
The Girl Scout Gold Award®
Since 1916, Girl Scout’s highest and most prestigious award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of individual Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Often described as “what you want to be remember for” in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award requires the completion of approximately 80-hours or more of an individual leadership community service project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact and serves to educate and inspire others in the community. Each girl chooses and thoroughly researches an issue she cares about, designs her action plan, builds community collaboration, and takes the lead in implementing the project. Gold Award distinction is recognized by a number of college-scholarship opportunities, and by an immediate rise of one rank in the U.S. military branches.
At our 2011 Gold Award Ceremony, GSNC honored 119 young women who earned the highest award in Girl Scouting. As a Council, we are proud of what they have achieved, what they have become, and what they will be, as leaders in the 21st century. For more information on the Gold Award recipients, their photos and bios, please check out our 2011 Gold Award Recipients Gallery.
New awards guidelines were introduced In summer 2009. All girls working on awards should be using these guidelines.
The Girls Scout Silver Award
The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn. It symbolizes the completion of a special interest project accomplished by girls a Cadette. Each girl may decide whether to lead a team or solo effort to better her community and the lives of others. The Silver Award is designed to give her a chance to show that she is a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving the community. Throughout the project, she will explore her community, pick a project, develop a plan, put her plan in motion, and share it with others.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award
The Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior Girl Scout can earn. It shows that she has gained the leadership and planning skills required to follow through project with her fellow Junior Girl Scouts that has a positive impact in her community. A girl must build a team of Junior Girl Scouts, explore her community, select a Bronze Award project, make a plan, put the plan in motion, and spread the word to build community awareness.