Awards

Are You Ready to Make a Difference in the World?

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future. Check out the seven steps below.

The Benefits of Going Gold

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.

100 Years of Extraordinary Projects
from Extraordinary Girls

As a Gold Award recipient, you're part of an elite group of women. Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. Download the Silver Award Guidelines to find out how.

 

Currently, councils are transitioning from the previous guidelines to the guidelines located on this site. Before beginning any work on your Silver Award, please check with your Girl Scout council to know your council’s transition timeline.

Girl Scout Silver Award Steps

Below is an overview of the requirements to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award. In order to fully understand what councils expect from girls, please refer to the Silver Award girl guidelines, the Silver Award Adult guide, and the FAQs. For further information, please contact your local Girl Scout council.

Girl Scout Silver Award Pre-Requisites

Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Cadette
AND
Complete a Cadette Journey

 

Girl Scout Silver Award Steps

  • 1Identify issues you care about.
  • 2Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
  • 3Explore your community.
  • 4Pick your Silver Award project. The Silver Award project must be done in the local community (beyond the Girl Scout community).
  • 5Develop your project.
  • 6Make a plan and put it into motion.
  • 7Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

Welcome to the Girl Scout Bronze Award, a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As you and your team plan and complete your project, you'll develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference. Download the Bronze Award Guidelines to find out how.

 

Currently, councils are transitioning from the previous guidelines to the guidelines located on this site. Before beginning any work on your Bronze Award, please check with your Girl Scout council to know your council’s transition timeline.

Girl Scout Bronze Award Steps

Below is an overview of the requirements to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award. In order to fully understand what councils expect from girls, please refer to the Bronze Award girl guidelines, the Bronze Award Adult guide, and the FAQs. For further information, please contact your local Girl Scout council.

Girl Scout Bronze Award Pre-Requisites

Girls must be in 4th or 5th grade (or equivalent) and be a registered Girl Scout Junior
AND
Complete a Junior Journey

An Overview to the Girl Scout Bronze Award Steps

  • 1Build your Girl Scout Junior team.
  • 2Explore your community.
  • 3Choose your Girl Scout Bronze Award project.
  • 4Make a plan.
  • 5Put your plan in motion.
  • 6Spread the word.