GIRL SCOUTS’ HIGHEST AWARDS
Girl Scout leadership journeys lead to the highest awards: the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award.
When a girl completes a Girl Scout journey, she practices using the three keys to leadership:
• Exploring issues in her community that matter to her
• Working in a team
• Starting a community network
• Learning basic planning steps
• Coming up with ideas for her Take Action project
All this leaves a girl prepared to go on to earn the Highest Awards.
Earning the Highest Awards
The steps for earning the Highest Awards – the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards – are found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for each Girl Scout level: Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador.
In addition to The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, GSUSA provides Girl Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, and Adult Guides online. You can visit national website for more information about Girl Scouts Highest Awards or use the resource links below for each award.
Girl Scout Bronze Award
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. A girl who earns this award shows that she has made a promise to help others, improve her community, and become the best she can be. By earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, girls learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on their community and make the world a better place. To earn the Bronze Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Take Action project prior to bridging to Girl Scout Cadettes.
Girl Scout Bronze Award Resources
Girl Scout Silver Award
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Cadette. This Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. By earning this award, girls strengthen their leadership skills, learn about their community and take action to make the world a better place by filling a need and making an impact in their community. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Silver Award Take Action project prior to bridging the Girl Scout Seniors.
Girl Scout Silver Award Resources
The Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. A national award with national standards, it represents an individual girl’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Gold Award Take Action project prior to bringing to Girl Scout Adults. Girls must obtain approval before they begin their Gold Award project.
Girl Scout Gold Award Resources
NEW! “My Gold Award” App
National Young Women of Distinction
This is an opportunity for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients to apply for an academic scholarship from GSUSA.
A National Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and a special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.