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

bronzeBronze Award

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

silverSilver Award

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

goldGold 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 & Service Awards

torc1hSilver 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-and-gold-torc1hSilver & 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.

goldtorchGold 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.

LiALeader 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.

paProgram 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 Online Registration 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.

vitVolunteer-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 and submit to council.
  5. Once you receive council approval, you may purchase the VIT pin at any GSEP shop.

Service Bars

bar1Calling all Cadettes, Seniors, 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.

bar2Choose one organization where you would like to volunteer 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, a service unit or even  GSEP.

Ask the organization these three questions:

  • Do you need help?
  • Can I volunteer for 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 allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved before checking back in the Smarter Select System on your application status. The status of your application will be changed to “Eligible” in your Smart Select account once approved. 
    1. 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. Provide 20 hours of service.
  3. Complete and submit the online Service Bar Final Report. Please allow 6-10 business days for your application to be approved before checking back in the Smarter Select System on your application status. The status of your application will be changed to “Awarded” in your Smarter Select account once approved.
  4. To purchase your pin, please go to any Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania retail shop and let the staff member in the shop know your full name so they can check your record in our database.
    1. Please note that you will NOT be able to purchase the pin until your final report status is changed to “Awarded!”

Pres GoldPresident’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfullyadmitted, 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.

 

Camp Leadership Awards

Camp InternCamp 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.

paCamp 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.

citCounselor-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!

cit2In 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.

WAGGGS Awards

global-actionGlobal 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: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/global_action_award.

world-thinking-dayWorld Thinking Day Award

Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, Girl Scouts participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme based on the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals, which aim to improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, it is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries—with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

The World Thinking Day Award is an official award that is worn on the front of the vest/sash. Girls can earn the World Thinking Day 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: http://www.girlscouts.org/who_we_are/global/world_thinking_day/.

Other Awards & Recognitions

journey-summit-awardJourney Summit Award

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

my-promiseMy 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.

Medal-of-Honor Bronze-CrossGSUSA 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 Packet and email to girlawards@gsep.org.

Scholarships

Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania is pleased to provide Girl Scouts with a Scholarship Guide for available scholarship money to enhance or further girls’ education, and for troops to apply for project grants. The awards and scholarships are sponsored by donors within GSEP, and are available to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors currently registered with GSEP. Each award has different criteria, requirements, and application processes.

For a list of scholarships and applications, click here.

Other Service Opportunities

MLK Day of Service

Thank you to all the  Girl Scouts who participated in the 22nd Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service!!!

Tell us about your Day of Service! Send your MLK Day photos and stories to girlprogram@gsep.org.

GSEP Green Project

Join thousands of Girl Scouts and adult volunteers as they celebrate Earth Day with two weeks of planet friendly projects right in your community! No project is too small to include in our efforts to make the world a better and more beautiful place!

This year the GSEP Green Project will be from Saturday, April 15 through Sunday, April 30th. Girls and adult volunteers can create and complete an eco-friendly community service project with their troop, service unit, small group, or individually.

Tell us about your Green Project! Complete this online survey to share your story and photos with us! Your story and photos maybe chosen to appear on our website, social media, or Spark Magazine!

Purchase the 2017 GSEP Green Project Patch in any of our GSEP Retail Shops starting mid April!

Do you have a volunteer or service opportunity for Girl Scouts? CLICK HERE to fill out and submit the Volunteer Opportunities form. PLEASE NOTE: Submission does not guarantee placement on our website or other promotion.