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What you need to know to earn the Bronze Silver and Gold Awards

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					 What you need to know to earn the Bronze, Silver, and
          Gold Awards as of October 2008.




GSUSA revised the age levels for Girl Scouts as of Fall 2008. The new age levels are as
follows:
     Daisy = Grades K-1
     Brownie = Grades 2-3
     Junior = Grades 4-5
     Cadette = Grades 6-8
     Senior = Grades 9-10
     Ambassador = Grades 11-12

The criteria for earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold age level awards did not change.
They are as follows:
    Bronze = Grades 3-6
    Silver = Grades 6-9
    Gold = Grades 9-12

New requirement for Silver and Gold Awards were introduced by GSUSA in the spring
of 2004. The transition period between the old criteria and the new criteria is over.
GSUSA allowed councils to accept projects completed under the old criteria through the
graduation class of 2007. Girls who began working on Silver and Gold Awards under the
old criteria MUST switch to the current criteria. Girls who have not yet begun working
on Silver and Gold Awards MUST use the current criteria and program materials.

   1. BRONZE AWARD
          Resources you need to earn the Bronze Award:
                 Junior Girl Scout Handbook
                 Junior Girl Scout Badge Book
          Approval process for Bronze Award:
                 Leaders/Advisors helping with the Bronze Award decide if the
                    girls have fulfilled the requirements and chosen an appropriate
                    project.
                 There is no council paperwork necessary for the Bronze
                    Award.
                 Girls are not required to have projects approved by Girl Scouts
                    of Northern California or anyone other than the leader/advisor.
                 Upon completion of the Bronze Award, leaders may purchase
                    the Bronze Award pin and patch at local Girl Scout stores (no
                     permission needed) and present it to the girls, and the girls may
                     participate in ceremonies sponsored by their Troop or Service
                     Unit.


2. SILVER AWARD
        Resources you need to earn Silver Award:
                   Studio 2B Insert: “Go for it! Silver Award”
                   Studio 2B Focus Book “Uniquely me: The Real Deal”
                   Studio 2B Focus Book “Looking In, Reaching Out”
                   Interest Project Book
        Approval process for the Silver Award:
                   Leaders/Advisors helping with the Silver Award decide if
                      the girls have fulfilled the requirements and chosen an
                      appropriate project.
                   Final Silver Award Reports are turned into the Girl Scouts
                      of Northern California Oakland Office.
                   A letter and certificate will be produced and mailed to the
                      recipients.
                   The names of girls having completed the Silver Award will
                      be released to the council stores for Leaders/Advisors to
                      purchase the Silver Award Pin.
                   The Silver Award recipients may participate in a troop,
                      service unit, or council run awards celebration or all three.
                      Silver Award recipients from any part of the council may
                      register and attend any Silver Award or combination
                      ceremony, which includes Silver Award, throughout the
                      council.

3. GOLD AWARD
       Resources you need to earn the Gold Award:
                  Studio 2B Insert: “Go for it! Gold Award”
                  Studio 2B focus book “Write Now”
                  Studio 2B focus book of their choice (GSUSA used to
                     recommend “Take Charge”)
       Approval process for the Gold Award:
                  Gold Award candidates must first complete all Gold Award
                     prerequisites, formulate a project plan, and then complete
                     the Gold Award Project Proposal paperwork including the
                     financial plan and the timeline and submit it to the Gold
                     Award Coordinators or Girl Scouts of Northern California
                     Council Staff.
                  The committee members will review the project proposal
                     and contact the candidate directly to work with her on
                     gaining approval. A project cannot be started without the
                     approval of the committee.
                              When the project is complete, the final paperwork is
                               submitted to the Gold Award Coordinator or Girl Scouts of
                               Northern California Council Staff for review.
                              When the Gold Award project is accepted as complete, a
                               letter and certificate will be produced and mailed to the
                               recipient. Her name will also be released to the council
                               store to allow her to pick up her Gold Award pin.
                              The council working together with the committees will
                               send out letters requesting recognition of the Gold Award
                               recipient from local, state, and national government offices.
                              The Gold Award recipients may participate in a troop,
                               service unit, or council run awards celebration or all three.
                               Gold Award recipients from any part of the council may
                               register and attend any Gold Award or combination
                               ceremony, which includes Gold Award, throughout the
                               council.



Notes:

        GSUSA recommends girls do a minimum of 3 goals per focus group.
        Focus books are reusable. A girl can use a focus book at 11 and use it again as
         she gets older. A girl simply sets new goals when she reuses the book.
        Girls can use a separate journal to document work form focus books & award
         inserts.
        We have Silver Award and Gold Award instructions available in Spanish for free.
        The deadlines for turning in final paperwork for Silver and Gold Awards to the
         council office are as follows:
        Silver Award: September 30th of the year in which a girl completes 9th grade or
         turns 15, whichever is later.
        Gold Award: September 30th of the year in which a girl graduates form high
         school or turns 18, whichever is later.



For more information about Bronze Awards, please contact Melanie Johnston at (510)
562-8470 ext. 217, or mjohnston@girlscoutsnorcal.org


For more information about Silver or Gold Awards, please contact Marla Howard at
(408) 287-4170 ext. 251, or mhoward@girlscoutsnorcal.org

				
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