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 girls 14–17, along with the Silver Award for 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
- To access the Gold Award final report form, click here.
- To view Gold Award recipient scholarship opportunities, click here.
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.
Below is an at-a-glance chart for Girl Scouts Highest Awards: