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Girl Scout Gold, Silver, Bronze Awards
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout can earn and is a national award with significant standards that must be met representing a girl’s skills, leadership, creativity, values, and efforts contributed to make the world a better place. All of the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award must be met before bridging to Adult Girl Scouts.
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn. It 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. To earn the Silver Award all of the requirements must be met prior to bridging to the Senior Girl Scout level.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can earn, requires her to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. To earn the Bronze Award all of the requirements must be met prior to bridging to Girl Scout Cadettes.
Award Process Transition
The requirements of Girl Scouts' highest awards -- Bronze, Silver, and Gold -- changed in August 2009. The 2009-2010 membership year served as a transition period between the outgoing and new guidelines. As of September 2010, the Journey guidelines are mandatory for those bridging to a new level in the membership year 2010-2011 and thereafter.
Girls/Troops who have begun the process to earn these awards through the outgoing method (before September 2010) may continue to earn the award under those guidelines or may choose to begin the Journey guidelines. Any troop/girl who, by September 2010, has not initiated work on the prerequisites for the awards must follow the Journey guidelines. Click here for the GSGLA Transition Timeline.
Please Note: The award prerequisites at the Silver Award and the Gold Award levels that are outlined in the Girl Scout Cadette and Senior Handbooks are outdated and not accepted at the council as valid.
Gold Award Process (outgoing guidelines can also be found in “Go For It” Girl Scout Gold Award Insert)
Silver Award Process (outgoing guidelines can also be found in “Go For It” Girl Scout Silver Award Insert, Focus Book)
Bronze Award Process (outgoing guidelines can also be found in the "Junior Girl Scout Handbook")
An opportunity 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.
Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between January 1, 2011 and August 1, 2012 is eligible to apply. Applications must be received by GSGLA no later than August 20, 2012.