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Leadership & Service

Looking for ways to build your courage, confidence, and character? Want to give back to your community? Be a leader in your troop or a camp? Tackle global issues? In Girl Scouts, there are leadership and service opportunities available for girls of all ages! Check out the guide below. Awards and recognitions are color coded according to the age level that can earn them. What amazing experiences await you?

All Ages Junior Cadette Senior Ambassador
GSEP Green Project Bronze Award Service Bars Camp Intern Camp Intern
Global Action Award   Leader in Action Service Bars Service Bars
Journey Summit Award   Program Aide Counselor-In-Training Counselor-In-Training
Lifesaving Awards   Silver Award Gold Award Gold Award
MLK Day of Service   Silver Torch Award Scholarships Gold Torch Award
My Promise, My Faith     Silver & Gold Torch Award Scholarships
President’s Volunteer Service Award     Volunteer-In-Training Volunteer-In-Training
World Thinking Day Award        
Highest Awards

Highest Awards

Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest honor Juniors can achieve. For more information about the Bronze Award, click here.

Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award Cadettes can achieve. For more information about the Silver Award, click here.

Gold Award

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, and can be achieved by Seniors and Ambassadors. For more information about the Gold Award, click here.

Leadership Awards
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Leadership Awards

Leader in Action (LIA)

Cadettes can earn a Leader in Action award by assisting a Brownie group on any of their National Leadership Journeys. There are three different LIA awards, one for each of the Journey series: It’s Your World – Change It!, It’s Your Planet – Love It!, and It’s Your Story – Tell It!. Girls will use their leadership skills, organization skills, and special talents to teach Brownies a component of their Journey.

Requirements for each Leader in Action are included in the adult guides for the three Brownie-level Journeys. General information about Leader in Action is included in Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Program Aide

Program Aide trains Cadettes with hands-on leadership and mentoring opportunities, while working with younger Girl Scouts.

How to get there:

1. Earn one Leader In Action (LIA) Award. It’s a good idea to start working on, or have already finished your LIA before moving on to step 2.

2. Complete the GSEP Program Aide Training Course. Check Program/Event Registration System for GSEP’s Program Aide trainings, or attend a local service unit session of the training. Leaders can also hold their own Program Aide training for their troop.

3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. Guide girls through Journey activities, lead a badge workshop, or mentor girls in other sessions. You can work with a group of girls at their meetings, at day camp, or during a special council event.

4.After completing your six-activity session, bring your completed Requirements Log to any GSEP shop to purchase your pin. You can find the log in your Program Aide training manual.

For questions, information about facilitating Program Aide Award training, and training materials, please contact  kleiby@gsep.org
 

Camp Program Aide

Cadettes can also complete the Program Aide training in the camp setting, which is offered at GSEP resident camps and day camps. Along with fulfilling the requirements of the training, they will also participate in many different camp activities.

Requirements for Program Aide are included in Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. To sign up for Camp Program Aide, check out the Camp Guide in SPARK.    

Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)

This award is for Seniors or Ambassadors who’d like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette troop.

How to get there:

1.Find a mentor who is the current adult volunteer for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with. She or he will help you through your training and internship, and you’ll help the volunteer with their group of girls for a three-to-six-month period.

2. Complete a Step 3: Grade Level Essentials Leader Training. Contact tvanarsdale@gsep.org to sign up.

3. Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions. Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the area you love or in which you’re an expert.

4.  Complete the VIT Form

5.Once you receive council approval, you may purchase the VIT pin at any GSEP shop.

Camp Intern

Are you a Senior or Ambassador who can’t wait to be a day camp counselor? Take the first steps with our Camp Intern Training at our day camps: Mountain House, Shelly Ridge, and Valley Forge. Learn the basics of leadership, childcare, safety, and general day camp management. You’ll extend your knowledge of songs, games, and crafts, all while working with younger Girl Scouts. Get the chance to shadow a counselor and see what it really takes to be a camp counselor!

For more information and how to sign up, check out the Camp Guide in SPARK.


Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

Are you a Senior or Ambassador who can’t wait to be a resident camp counselor? Take the first steps with our CIT program at our resident camps: Laughing Waters, Mosey Wood, and Wood Haven. Learn the basics of leadership, childcare, safety, and general day camp management. You’ll extend your knowledge of songs, games, and crafts, all while working with younger Girl Scouts. Use your newly learned skills as a “counselor” and work in the units with younger Girl Scouts!

CIT II

In the CIT II program, gain skills in a specialized area, including waterfront, horseback riding, adventure/team-building, arts & crafts and environmental/nature.

For more information and how to sign up, check out the Camp Guide in SPARK.

 

Service Awards
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Service Awards

Silver Torch Award

This award recognizes Cadettes who act as leaders in their communities. First, girls must complete one Cadette-level Journey. Then they must serve for one full term in a leadership position at their school, place of worship, library, town council, community center, after-school club, or a similar organization. For example, they might serve as a school yearbook editor, on a committee to organize youth events within your faith community, or on an event-planning board at the Girl Scouts. The length of service will depend on the term specified by the organization or particular role.

Requirements for this award are included in Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Silver & Gold Torch Award

This award recognizes Seniors who act as leaders in their communities. First, girls must complete one Senior-level Journey. Then they must serve for one full term in a leadership position at their school, place of worship, library, town council, community center, after-school club, or a similar organization. For example, they might serve as a school yearbook editor, on a committee to organize youth events within your faith community, or on an event-planning board at the Girl Scouts. The length of service will depend on the term specified by the organization or particular role.

Requirements for this award are included in Senior Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Gold Torch Award

This award recognizes Ambassadors who act as leaders in their communities. First, girls must complete one Ambassador Journey. Then they must serve for one full term in a leadership position at their school, place of worship, library, town council, community center, after-school club, or a similar organization. For example, they might serve as a school yearbook editor, on a committee to organize youth events within your faith community, or on an event-planning board at the Girl Scouts. The length of service will depend on the term specified by the organization or particular role.

Requirements for this award are included in Ambassador Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.

Service Bars

Calling all CadettesSeniors, and Ambassadors! When you earn a Community Service Bar or Service to Girl Scouting Bar, you’re making a difference in your community — and practicing values of the Girl Scout Law. It’s also a great way to get involved with a cause that’s important to you!

Girls may earn each bar once per level. This means that a girl can earn both a Community Service Bar and a Service to Girl Scouting Bar once as a Cadette, once as a Senior, and once as an Ambassador.

Choose one organization where you would like to volunteer for at least 20 hours to earn the  Community Service Bar OR choose to help Girl Scouts to earn the  Service to Girl Scouting Bar; you can help with another troop for 20 hours, assist a service unit for 20 hours, or even work with GSEP for your 20 hours.

Ask the organization these three questions:

  • Do you need help?
  • Can I volunteer for at least 20 hours?
  • Can you provide instructions about what I will be doing?

If they say ‘yes’ to all of these questions, follow these steps:

  1. Complete and submit the online Service Bar Application Form. Please note that the top of the form asks which Service Bar you are applying for. You should choose either Community Service Bar OR Service to Girl Scouting Bar.
  2.  Allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved. The status of your application will be changed to “Eligible” in Smart Select account once approved. Please note that there are two different statuses in SmarterSelect. To learn how to check the proper status, check out the How to Check Out the Status of your Service Bar Application document.
  3. Provide 20 hours of service. Be sure to keep track of your service by recording the tasks and hours you completed on each date!
  4. Complete and submit the online Service Bar Final Report.
  5. Allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved. The status of your application will be changed to “Awarded” in Smarter Select account once approved. Again, please note that there are two different statuses in SmarterSelect. To learn how to check the proper status, check out the  How to Check Out the Status of your Service Bar Application document.
  6. To purchase your pin, simply go to any Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania retail shop and let the staff member in the shop know the girl’s full name so they can check the record in our database. Please note that you will NOT be able to purchase the pin until your final report status is changed to “Awarded!”

President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted, permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime. Girl Scouts who meet these requirements can submit the President’s Volunteer Service Award Order Form (for approval.)

WAGGGS Awards Global Action Award

The Girl Scouts Global Action Award, developed in partnership with the WAGGGS, is an exciting and enriching way for any Girl Scout to participate in realizing the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns. By earning this award, girls can learn, in a fun and educational way, about serious global issues affecting girls, young women, and their communities. Each Girl Scout who completes activities will join in WAGGGS’ international movement of 10 million girls who together are sowing the seeds of social change. The Global Action award offers girls an opportunity to advocate for themselves and others, both locally and globally!

The Global Action Award is an official award that is worn on the front of the vest/sash. Girls can earn the Global Action Award every year by completing at least one of the activities for their grade level.

The activities for each grade level and more information about the award are found on  GSUSA’s website.

Other Awards and Recognitions
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Other Awards and Recognitions

Journey Summit Award

The Journey Summit Award Pin can be earned by any Girl Scout who completes all three National Leadership Journeys at her grade level.

My Promise, My Faith

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 encourages girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths’ religious recognitions.

Any Girl Scout can earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by GSUSA. 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.

GSUSA National Lifesaving Awards

Recognition may be given to any registered Girl Scout from 5 through 17 years of age where evidence presented in accordance with prescribed regulations shows that she saved or attempted to save a life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. Recognition cannot be given to anyone who is in any way the cause of or contributory to the incident, or where it appears that the risk involved was merely in the performance of duty or meeting of an obligation.

Bronze Cross – Given for saving life or attempting to save life with risk to the candidate’s own life.

Medal of Honor – Given for saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.

Please complete the Life Saving Awards Packetand email us

Other Service Opportunities
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Other Service Opportunities

MLK Day of Service

2018 information coming soon!

GSEP Green Project

2018 information coming soon!

Do you have a volunteer or service opportunity for Girl Scouts? Email Us.