The steps to earning the highest awards in Girl Scouting are rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the three keys to leadership which are:
- 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.
Our Girl Scouts are contributing to their communities in outstanding ways as they work to make the world a better place. Some examples include: promoting literacy by establishing a library for a children’s organization and caring for the less fortunate by building and stocking food pantries.
These achievements are recognized through the Girl Scout Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.
Girl Scout Bronze Award
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.
Girls may work on the award as part of a troop or group.
Girls must be in grades 4-5 (or equivalent), be a registered Girl Scout Junior AND complete a Junior Journey!
- Build your Girl Scout Junior team.
- Explore your community.
- Choose your Girl Scout Bronze Award project.
- Make a plan.
- Put your plan in motion.
- Spread the word.
Below are information packets, forms and an adult guide for the Girl Scout Bronze Award.
Girl Scout Silver Award
The Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can earn, represents a girl’s accomplishment in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.
Girls may work on the award as part of a troop or group.
Girls must be in grades 6-8 (or equivalent), be a registered Girl Scout Cadette AND complete a Cadette Journey!
- Identify issues you care about.
- Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
- Explore your community.
- Pick your Silver Award project.
- The Silver Award project must be done in the local community (beyond the Girl Scout community).
- Develop your project.
- Make a plan and put it into motion.
- Reflect, share your story and celebrate.
- Complete and submit your Silver Award Final Report.
In order to participate in the council-wide Girl Scout Silver Award Ceremony, a girl needs to complete her Silver Award and submit a Silver Award Final Report by March 15.
Below are information packets, forms and an adult guide for the Girl Scout Silver Award.
- Girl Scout Silver Award Information Packet
- Girl Scout Silver Award Adult Guide
- Highest Awards Money-Earning Project Guidelines
- Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report, Fillable
Check out our Silver and Gold Award Chat Session videos. Videos can be found here. As of September 1, 2015, girls pursuing the Silver Award must watch the three online training videos prior to starting their project. There must be at least one adult associated with the troop or individual who has completed the Silver & Gold Adult Learning Opportunity, either in-person or online.
Check out our new Silver and Gold Award ONLINE Adult Learning Opportunities here!
Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Each Gold Award project addresses a community issue and improves lives. The Gold Award process builds girls’ personal leadership skills. A Gold Award project inspires others to take action within their communities.
Did you know?
- Though it has changed names, since 1916 the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization’s highest award, has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!
- The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest leadership award a Girl Scout can earn. Less than six percent of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award.
- A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
- A growing number of colleges and universities across the country recognize the achievement of the Gold Award through college admission and scholarships.
Before embarking on your journey to the Girl Scout Gold Award, you must be able to answer yes to the following questions:
- Are you a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador?
- Have you completed one of the following: two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or earned the Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey.
The documents below will help you as you complete the 10 steps to Gold:
- Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines
- Girl Scout Gold Award Adult Guide
- Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont Gold Award Handbook
- Gold Award Committee Meeting Dates 2015-16
- Gold Award Committee Meeting Dates 2016-17
- Highest Awards Money-Earning Guidelines and Application
- Girl Scout Gold Award Press Release Form
If you began the Gold Award process prior to September 30, 2015, you will need the Final Report to submit to the council to be scheduled for your Exit Interview.
Watch these three Gold Award videos. The videos can be found here.
- Mission Possible: Intro to Silver and Gold Awards
- Green Carpet Interviews- Gold Award
- Show Me the Money
Create your Go Gold Online app account and start on steps 1-3. (If you don’t have online access, contact a highest awards program manager).
Return to your Go Gold Online app account and continue through Step 4- Create a Plan and Step 5- Present your Plan, submitting your proposal once it’s ready. Complete a Project Proposal Budget and Timeline and upload to Go Gold when project is submitted.
The Gold Award Rubric will help with writing a quality proposal. The Gold Award committee members are also here to help. They have seen many project proposals and are specially trained to help you think through your plan. Reach out for help!
Schedule your Gold Award Proposal interview. Follow the GSCP2P Gold Award Committee Paperwork Deadlines & Interview Dates 2015-16. Learn more about 2016-17 Interview Dates.
You may not begin working on your project until after the committee gives you your official project approval letter. Typically it is awarded at the end of the interview unless you are asked to modify your original project proposal and resubmit. If you are asked to resubmit, a second interview is often not necessary.
Upon approval, move on to Step 6- Take Action on your Go Gold Online app account.
Complete Step 7- Education & Inspire on on your Go Gold Online app account. Then submit your Gold Award Final Report.
Schedule your Gold Award Final Presentation interview. Follow the GSCP2P Gold Award Committee Paperwork Deadlines & Interview Dates 2015-16. Learn more about 2016-17 Interview Dates.
When you receive your final approval, the Gold Award Committee will start the celebration. Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont sponsors an annual recognition event each spring to celebrate YOU for earning this wonderful achievement.
The Gold Award pin will be immediately presented upon receiving final report approval at the exit interview. You are invited to use this Celebration Toolkit to begin celebrating your accomplishment. Each Gold Award recipient will receive admission to the spring Silver and Gold Ceremony. A Gold Award certificate will be presented at the ceremony and special letters of recognition will be sent to each girl from government officials and special agencies. Gold Award recipients who do not attend the council ceremony will receive their certificate by mail after the ceremony. Please let us know if your address changes.
For questions about the Girl Scout Gold Award and the process, please call your closest service center or e-mail email@example.com:
- Hickory and Gastonia: 704-864-3245
- Triad: 336-274-8491
- Asheville/western NC: 828-252-4442
Girl Scout Religious Awards
Everything in Girl Scouting is based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law. The Girl Scout Law includes many of the principles and values common to most faiths. Thus, while a secular organization, Girl Scouts has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.
Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. This pin, which girls can earn once a year, complements existing religious recognitions and allows all girls to further strengthen the connection between their faith and Girl Scouts. A girl earns the My Promise, My Faith pin by carefully examining the Girl Scout Law and directly tying it to tenets of her faith. Requirements for this pin are included in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for all levels.
E-mail questions concerning the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.