Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, at a Glance
AWARDS GIRL SCOUT GIRL SCOUT GIRL SCOUT
BRONZE AWARD® SILVER AWARD® GOLD AWARD®
GRADE Girls must be in 4th or 5th grade and a Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th
registered Girl Scout Junior and a registered Girl Scout Cadette grade and a registered Girl Scout
Senior or Ambassador
OVERVIEW Complete a Junior Journey Complete a Cadette Journey Complete two Journeys (Senior
Be part of a troop or group Work as an individual or in a or Ambassador) or
where girls take the lead small group where girls take the Earn the Silver Award and
Take action on a community lead complete one Senior or
issue the troop or group cares Take action on a community Ambassador Journey
about issue that the girls care about Individually girl led; girl selects
Help and guidance provided by Help and guidance provided by and recruits Project Advisor
troop/group volunteer troop/group volunteer Take action on a community
Suggested hours included in the Suggested hours included in the issue the girl cares about
girl, adult, and council material girl, adult, and council material Help and guidance provided by
*Council approval needed for *Council approval needed for any Project Advisor
any money earning money earning Suggested hours included in the
girl, adult, and council material
*Council approval needed for
any money earning
TAKE ACTION Group Take Action Project focuses Individual or group Take Action Individual Take Action Project that
PROJECT on something the girls care about Project that makes the local makes a lasting difference in the
that they would like to improve neighborhood or community better. local community, region, or beyond.
within their Girl Scout or local
Puts the Promise and Law into Puts the Promise and Law into action Puts the Promise and Law into
SUSTAINABLE After the project is complete, girls Girls demonstrate an understanding Take Action Project includes
develop an understanding of of sustainability in the project plan provisions to ensure sustainability.
sustainability by talking together and implementation.
about how solutions can be lasting.
GLOBAL After the project is complete, girls Girls connect with new friends Girls identify national and/or global
develop an understanding of the outside their immediate community, links to their selected issue. They
wider world by talking together learn how others have solved similar learn from others and develop a
about how others may experience problems and determine if the ideas plan to share the results of their
the same problem that their project of others can help with their plan. project beyond the local
helped resolve. community.
PROJECT Troop/Group Volunteer Troop/Group Volunteer Council or Council’s Gold Award
RESOURCES Junior Journey Cadette Journey Senior and/or Ambassador
Bronze Award guidelines on Silver Award guidelines on Journeys
GSUSA Web site GSUSA Web site Gold Award guidelines on
Adult guide on GSUSA Web site Adult guide on GSUSA Web site GSUSA Web site
Council guide on the OCN Council guide on the OCN Adult guide on GSUSA Web site
Council learning opportunities Council learning opportunities Council guide on the OCN
Council learning opportunities
*Adhere to guidelines in the Volunteer Packet and Safety-Wise
TRANSITION – THERE IS A 2 YEAR TRANSITION PERIOD. THESE GUIDELINES BECOME OFFICIAL IN OCTOBER 2011
(BEGINNING OF 2012 MEMBERSHIP YEAR). IF THE MAJORITY OF WORK WILL BE DONE DURING THE 2012 MEMBERSHIP
YEAR, THESE NEW GUIDELINES SHOULD BE USED.