Three Awards. One Life-Changing Experience.
For generations, Girl Scouts have been making a difference in their communities and in their own lives. In an effort to celebrate their efforts and recognize their achievements, Girl Scouts honor girls with awards within their program level. The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of this long tradition.
Today the highest award a girl may earn in Girl Scouting is the Girl Scout Gold Award. This award was introduced in 1980 for Senior and Ambassador girls 14–17, along with the Silver Award for Cadette girls 11–14. To receive these awards, girls must meet requirements that help them prepare for, and complete special projects that benefit their communities. In 2001, the Girl Scout Bronze award was introduced for Junior Girl Scouts. These three awards represent the highlight of the Girl Scout experience.
Want to know more about Highest Awards? Click here to view more in-depth information on GSUSA's Highest Awards website.
If you have questions about Highest Awards, contact our Program Manager
Girl Scout Gold Award
The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable Take Action projects that have sustainable impact in their communities-and beyond.
If you're ready to be a part of this prestigious group of young women who are changing the world, let's get started.
First, complete the pre-requisites. The requirements for applying to earn your Girl Scout Gold Award are simple. You must:
• Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
• Be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador
• Have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Journey
Next, take Gold Award Training-Training dates are below.
(this training is for girls, but leaders or parents may attend to observe)
Then, register on the GSUSA Gold Award Web App by clicking on the bar below and start planning your project.
You can complete and save information as you work through the 7 Project Steps. From this point, your project is expected to take you individually about 80 hours.
When ready to submit your Proposal, register for a presentation time.
Gold Award Trainings Gold Award Presentations
January 13, 2013 6:00 pm at Boise Office January 13, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office
February 10, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office March 10, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office
April 11, 2014 Time TBA in Idaho Falls April 11, 2014 Time TBA in Idaho Falls
April 12, 2014 Time TBA in Twin Falls April 12, 2014 Time TBA in Twin Falls
April 14, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office May 12, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office
June 9, 2014 6:00 pm at Boise Office
To access the Gold Award final report form, click here.
To view Gold Award recipient scholarship opportunities, click here.
A new Girl Scout Gold Award scholarship program! GSUSA is pleased to announce a new five-year Alcoa Chick McLane Scholarship Program. Each year beginning in the fall of 2013, two qualified Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients will be chosen to receive a total of $10,000 each. GSUSA will accept only two applications per council by July 19, 2013 of Gold Award girls who have completed a STEM Take Action Project in 2013 and will be attending an accredited college/university as a freshman beginning fall 2013.
Share Your Silver and Bronze Award Stories!
Because Bronze and Silver Awards are not approved, nor awarded by council, Troop Leaders are not required to submit final reports for review. That said, we highly encourage submission of Highest Award final reports for the following reasons:
- Girl Scouts of Silver Sage girls are doing amazing things and deserve to be recognized for making a difference in their communities and beyond.
- Upon submission, council will send the Troop Leader a Bronze or Silver Award certificate (or certificates) for the girl recipient (or recipients). In line with the Highest Awards designed progression, Bronze Award certificates are left blank for the Troop Leader’s signature, Silver Award certificates are signed by council Program staff with a co-signature line for the Troop Leader.
- It is imperative that council collects and shares stories about the variety of projects Girl Scouts are undertaking in order to raise community awareness and support.
Silver Award Final Report Form
- Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the Silver Award Final Report form.
Bronze Award Final Report Form
- Click here for a Microsoft Word version of the Bronze Award Final Report form.