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Community Service Bars


Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can earn Community Service Bars and Service to Girl Scouting Bars at each level. Service bars require council approval.


 Community Service Bar- Community Service Bars are earned by making a difference in the community and practicing Girl Scout values. You might volunteer at a food shelf to help stock and organize donations, lead activities at your church, clean cages at the SPCA, prepare meals for seniors, or volunteer at a nature center.  You will spend 20 hours helping one organization or cause.



Service to Girl Scouting Bar- Service to Girl Scouting bars are earned by volunteering at least 20 hours for the Girl Scouts. You might volunteer your time at troop meetings for younger girls, help with special events and projects for another troop, your service unit or council. You will spend 20 hours serving Girl Scouts.



Learn more in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting and GSEP Steps to earn the Service Bars.


Use the Service Bar Application to receive approval before beginning your service.


Use the Service Bar Final Report when you have completed your service.



Program Aide

Program Aide is an award that provides girls at the Cadette level a deeper understanding of what leadership development means and the chance to become excited about guiding others.  When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors.  The Program Aide award is one of the Teen Mentoring awards that also include Counselor in Training I and II and Volunteer In Training.  By earning the Program Aide Award, Girl Scout Cadettes will share their skills, test their knowledge and try out new leadership roles. For more information regarding the new Program Aide requirement and training please click here.

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is a certifying agency for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  This award was created by the United States President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation to thank others for their volunteer service.  Both adults and girls are eligible to apply for this award by competing an application and submitting it along with payment.  For more information please refer to the Volunteer Events & Resources page of GSEP's website.