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Girl Scouts' Highest Awards

Highest Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

All three awards give girls the chance to do big things while supporting issues they care about. Also a given: as you earn one of Girl Scouting’s highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and maybe even beyond. The possibilities are endless.

Let’s get started! Check out Highest Awards At a Glance for more information. Want to see what others have done to earn their award?  For inspiration, check out examples of Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects via Girl Scouts of the USA’s Map It: Girls Changing the World.

Earn your Trifecta Award! 
The Trifecta Award honors girls who have earned all three of Girl Scouting’s highest awards – the Bronze Award, Silver Award, and Gold Award! GSEP celebrates girls that accomplish this incredible feat and continuously strive to make the world a better place each year at the GSEP Gold Award Ceremony.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Have Highest Award Deadlines Been Extended?

In accordance with GSUSA's national recommendation, GSEP has extended deadlines for Girl Scout's highest awards. Girls in 5th, 8th, and 12th grade will be granted a three-month extension to earn the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, respectively. Please see updated deadlines below. Applications from girls in other grades will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis.

Bronze Award

  • Deadline for Troop Leaders of current 5th graders to register Bronze Award Girl Scouts for "Bronze Award Completion" in Program/Event Registration: December 30, 2020

Silver Award

• Deadline for current 8th graders to submit a Silver Award Project Proposal: August 1, 2020

• Deadline for current 8th graders to submit a Silver Award Project Reflection and Project Visual Aid: December 30, 2020

Gold Award

• Deadline for current 12th graders to submit a Gold Award Project Proposal: June 30, 2020

• Deadline for current 12th graders to submit a Gold Award Final Report and to conduct a Final Presentation with the Gold Award Committee: December 30, 2020

How can I involve my Core Team from home?

When it comes to engaging your Core Team from home, creative solutions are welcome! Many Girl Scouts are keeping their Core Team involved virtually using video conferencing programs such as Skype, Zoom, and FaceTime. Other options may include developing training videos and written resources, involving potential Core Team members that are at home with you, or even working on what you can on your own until you’re able to engage your team in-person.

Is GSEP still approving Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Projects?

The Silver and Gold Award Committees are still reviewing, evaluating, and approving Silver and Gold Award Proposals and Reflections/Final Reports.

• Bronze Award projects are girl-led and leader-approved, meaning you do not need to submit anything to GSEP for approval. After girls complete the project, the leader simply registers the girls for “Bronze Award Completion” in Program/Event Registration.

• Silver Award Proposals and Reflections are submitted online via an application hosting site called SmarterSelect. Girl Scouts will be notified of revisions and/or approval within 4-6 weeks of submission. To access these applications, visit the resources for girls on our Silver Award webpage.

• Gold Award Proposals and Final Reports are submitted online via GSUSA’s GoGold Web App to girlawards@gsep.org. After all application materials are received, Girl Scouts will schedule a virtual interview with the Gold Award Committee for project review and approval. Virtual interviews are held via Zoom.

I want to change my project. What should my next step be?

Small changes, such as those to your Core Team, Timeline, and other logistical pieces do not need to be approved. Bigger changes that affect your project goal or outcome, however, do require approval. Contact girlawards@gsep.org for more information.

What are some other ways I can stay involved with Girl Scouting remotely?

Girl Scouts at Home brings the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to the girl. Through this program, girls can attend virtual troop meetings to complete steps towards earning badges, come together in informal gatherings and connect with sister Girl Scouts through Zoom Meetings, join us for a fun Facebook Live sessions, and so much more.

Beyond the girls, Girl Scouts at Home is also a resource for volunteers, parents, and guardians alike, offering chances for volunteers to complete training virtually or connect with other volunteers to exchange ideas and advice and offering parents a place to find safe and fun activities for their children that they can do outdoors or in the comfort of their own home.

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I cannot complete most of my project while at home. What now?

While there are a lot of project tasks and pieces that you can complete from home, there may be tasks that you need to do later. Even if there are many tasks that need to be completed after COVID-19 precautions are lifted, don’t stress! We have a few tips to help you plan for success in the meantime:

• Remember that all deadlines have been extended by three months. Completed projects will be due on December 30, 2020. These three extra months will hopefully allow you adequate time to complete your project. Insider tip: Consider adjusting your Timeline to match your new tasks and estimated end date. An updated Timeline can help you plan appropriately and prioritize tasks that can be done remotely or virtually.

• Talk to the benefitting organization, your Core Team, your Gold Award Advisor and Mentor (if applicable), and anyone else involved with your project to discuss future steps once you are able to start working on your project outside of your home. Keeping everyone in the loop is important so that they are all ready to jump right in when it is time! As an added bonus, they may even be able to help you troubleshoot the obstacles you’re encountering!

• Consider moving some tasks to become virtual opportunities! Hosting a program or camp? Host it through Zoom or another video-conferencing platform. Building bookshelves and sewing sit-upons for your local library? Create a crafting space at home! Painting a mural at school? Sketch the mural, choose paint colors, and purchase necessary materials in advance!

• Most importantly, remember this: with a little bit of strategic thinking and some Girl Scout magic, you can make anything happen!

What are some acceptable projects I can complete to earn a highest award while also helping with COVID-19 efforts?

While these are definitely challenging times, there are many opportunities to help make things a little less difficult for others! Below are a few project ideas that will help your community while also securing you one of those coveted awards:

• Create masks for an organization or group in need. Be sure that you’re training your Core Team on how to make the masks and why they’re important, then leading them to create the masks. For sustainability, you can create a detailed how-to guide to give to the organization, along with extra materials, so that others can create masks in the future, if necessary. Bonus points if you come up with a design that’s comfortable and breathable!

• Plan and run online activities for members of your community to give them something fun to do at home! Choose your audience, figure out how to best reach them, and plan a few programs that they’ll love. Keep your Core Team involved by asking them to help with the research and planning process, then have them lead a portion of the online program or even act as tech support. As your sustainability component, help the benefitting organization develop a plan to run the program again in the future.

• Coordinate with local organizations, groups, or individuals to see what they need most during this time. While projects that are one-day/one-time events and/or collection projects would not satisfy the highest awards requirements, you could build upon those ideas and come up with an amazing project by running a few programs, creating handmade items, building structures, beautifying an area, etc.

• Remember, the foundation of a good highest award project is one that is meeting an expressed community need. The best place to find a community need? Ask your community, of course! Reach out to an organization you love or a group you want to help and ask them what they need – then create a project based on fulfilling that need!