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Girl Scouts earning their Silver Award

Silver Award Girl Scouts

When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve. Please see Step 4 (Show me the Silver) below to learn what it takes to earn a Girl Scout Silver Award! 

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 
 
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You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)

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You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 
 

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You have completed a Cadette Journey
 


Girl Scout Silver Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue you care about
 

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Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team (max of 4) or decide to go solo
 

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Explore your community
 

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Pick your Silver Award project and get it approved by the Silver Committee
 

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Develop your project
 

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Make a plan and put it into motion
 

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Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

Step 1 (Pre-Requisites)

Pre-Requisites

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 
 
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You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)

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You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 
 

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You have completed a Cadette Journey
 

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You take Silver Award Training (highly recommended)
 

Step 2 (Review Resources)
Girl Scout Silver Award pin
Girl Scout Silver Award pin
Step 3 (choose an Issue)

Girl Scout Silver Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue you care about
 

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Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo
 

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Explore your community
 

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Pick your Silver Award project
 

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Develop your project
 

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Make a plan and put it into motion
 

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Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

Step 4 (Show Me the Silver)
  1. Attend a training (Our training is currently being updated. Please be sure to follow the steps below for the approval process for Silver Award Proposals and Take-Action Reports.)
  2. Fill out a proposal form to get your project approved
  3. Once approved, complete the project (no more than 4 girls per project)
  4. Have each girl submit Take Action Report and wait for approval
  5. Once approved, take your approval email to the Council Shop and purchase your Silver Award
  6. Tell your story
  7. Celebrate!

    

    

Important Dates
  • Award Completion Deadline is September 30 after finishing 8th grade
Silver Award FAQ

Why must girls complete Journeys before earning Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards?

Earning one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards challenges girls to be their best. By first completing a “regular” Journey, girls learn what it takes to successfully complete a Take Action project—so they’re better prepared to develop, plan, and implement the more involved Take Action project for their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

What do you mean when you say a girl’s Journey is "completed"?

We say a Journey is “completed” when a girl has earned the Journey awards, which include creating and carrying out a Take Action project.

Are the guidelines for the highest awards the same as those for Journeys?

As you might expect, there are some differences. Take Action projects for a Journey have predetermined themes. To earn a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, girls are required to come up with their own Take Action project theme.

How many hours should it take to earn each of the highest awards?

No two projects are alike, so the time to plan, share, and complete a project will vary depending on the scope of the project, team, and community support. The quality of the project should be emphasized over the quantityof hours necessary to complete it. However, after fulfilling the required Journey, the suggested minimum number of hours is: 

  • Bronze Award: 20 hours
  • Silver Award: 50 hours
  • Gold Award: 80 hours

Can girls, or even an entire troop, work together on an award?

Girls working toward their Silver Award may work individually or in small groups of four (4) or less.

Can girls get a head-start and begin working on their award projects right after they bridge (transition) to the next level?                               

Absolutely. Once a girl bridges to the next level, she can begin working on her award; this includes the summer months.

What happens when a girl moves to a new city, state, or country while she’s in the middle of her award project? Can she still earn her award?

Yes, but she may need to seek special permission. We advise a girl in this situation to work with her new council and/or Overseas Committee to complete the project. And we encourage councils and Overseas Committees to be flexible and serve girls’ best interests.

Are adult guides just for council staff and volunteers? Or can parents use them too?

Even though the guides are designed for volunteers working directly with girls achieving their awards, any adult is welcome to use them.

What about girls with disabilities? Is there a different set of requirements for them?

No. Because Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award work is to be done to the best of a girl’s ability, there really is no need for special requirements for girls with disabilities. We encourage advisors to be flexible and to work with the girl individually as she earns her award.

How do you define “sustainable” when it comes to the highest awards?                 

Simply put, a sustainable project lives on in the community after a girl’s involvement ends.

How do girls achieve that?

They might focus on education and raising awareness. Or they might develop workshops and hands-on learning sessions that inspire others to keep the project going. Working with local government, community groups, nonprofit agencies, civic associations, and/or religious organizations can also help ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement.

Does “sustainability” mean something different for different grade levels?

It’s more the degree of sustainability that differs from level to level. We give girls tools to help them explore issues they may want to address so that they can develop sustainable projects, as well as measure impact on their community, target audience, and themselves.

Like many aspects of earning the highest awards, it becomes more challenging as girls progress to the higher levels. Girl Scout Juniors working on their Bronze Awards might think about how their projects could become ongoing. But Cadettes working on their awards actually plan for sustainability. Seniors and Ambassadors are required to make sustainability an essential component of their projects in order to meet Gold Award standards of excellence.

Do you have any advice on how to generate higher-quality projects?

A good first step is to make sure girls and their advisors understand the difference between a one-time community service project and a highest award Take Action project that serves an entire community for an extended period of time. The troop/group volunteer, council staff member, or Gold Award committee (for Gold Award only) should also work closely with girls to ensure that every project meets the quality requirements of the award.

How can we accurately measure the impact of a highest award project?

Check the award guidelines. We provide tools to help girls identify project goals for their community, target audience, and themselves using a “success indicator” matrix.

Why is the proposal required for the Silver Award and not the Bronze Award? 

The awards are a progression of leadership skills foe the girls to learn. Going through the process of creating a proposal and waiting for an approval will help prepare the girls for the upcoming Gold Award Process. 

Help!
At a Roadblock?

If at any time during the course of your project you think you may have hit a bump in the road, please do not hesitate to contact the Silver Award Committee at Silveraward@girlscotusaz.org.  

 


Questions?

Email silveraward@girlscoutsaz.org