Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards

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gold.jpgThe Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, recognizes the leadership, effort, and impact girls in grade 9-12 have had on their communities. Only about five per cent of eligible girls take the rigorous path toward earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.  The Girl Scout Gold Award tradition will turn 100 in 2016.


A Gold Award project is something that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action. The project is something that fulfills a need within a girl's community, creates change, and hopefully, is something that becomes ongoing. The project is more than a good service project—it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.

Girls typically spend a minimum 80 hours working on their projects, after the completion of two Girl Scout Journeys and project approval. Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.

Gold Award Forms

silver.jpgIntroduced in 1980, the Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award girls in grades 6-8 can earn. It is symbolic of accomplishments in Girl Scouting and community activities, as a girl becomes her best self and builds the world around her. The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl's accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others.

Girls typically spend a minimum 50 hours working on their projects, after the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and project approval.

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Silver Award Forms

bronze.jpgThe Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout in grades 4-5 can earn, was created by a troop of Girl Scout Juniors from an individual council and introduced in 2001. It requires a Girl Scout Junior to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be.

Girls typically spend a minimum 20 hours working on their projects, after the completion of a Girl Scout Journey and project approval.


Bronze Award Forms



Girl Scouts’ National Leadership Awards

National Leadership Awards.jpg There are three National Leadership Awards that are offered to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors. These awards showcase a Girl Scout’s leadership and service. These awards include the Silver Torch Award (Cadette), Silver and Gold Torch Award (Senior) and the Gold Torch Award (Ambassador), as well as the Community Service Bar (Cadette, Senior and Ambassador), and the Service Bar to Girl Scouting (Cadette, Senior and Ambassador). Please bring the National Leadership Awards Report Form to the council shop to purchase awards. For the Community Service Bar, GSSI does not need to approve the organization you are working with prior to beginning your service.



Girl Scouts’ Teen Mentoring Awards

Teen Mentoring Awards.jpgWhen girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors. An exciting part of a Girl Scout's development, teen mentoring is a win-win proposition! As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge, and trying out new leadership roles. For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens—some of their favorite people!

Teen Mentoring Awards include Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training I and II, and Volunteer-in-Training. By earning these awards, girls from sixth grade up can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others. The Program Aide and Counselor-in-Training awards have a long history in Girl Scouting,  while the Volunteer-In Training-award represents an updated approach to the Leader-In-Training Award.   In 2011, The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors include descriptions of the Teen Mentoring Awards they can earn at their grade level.


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Teen Mentoring Award Forms

For more information on Teen Mentoring Awards, click here.


Journey Summit Awards

Girls who have completed all three Girl Scout Journeys for the program level are eligible to receive the Journey Summit Award.  This is a very special achievement for the girls!  It shows that the girls have really put their imagination into becoming leaders and have shown the world the changes they are capable of making.  Girls who have earned the Journey Summit Award will need to fill out the Journey Summit Award Report Form and bring to the council shop to purchase awards.



Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will award a scholarship to two GSSI Graduating Girl Scouts who stand out in Girl Scouts, leadership, school and service to the community. In addition to these two scholarships, as part of a staff campaign, GSSI Staff will award one additional scholarship! To be eligible, you must be a registered Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating high school in 2017. You must also fill out the following application and have one person fill out the following reference form and submit them by February 12, 2017. Applications and reference form can be mailed or dropped off to either GSSI office or e-mailed to

Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Application Form
Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Reference Form




There are many scholarship opportunities available to Girl Scouts. Please visit this section often for local scholarship opportunities.


Additionally, there are scholarships available to Girl Scouts across the county. Please click here to access a comprehensive list of scholarships available to Girl Scouts across the country, searchable by scholarship type and state. This website is updated on an ongoing basis, you can contact the admissions offices directly for more information using the links and contact information provided.



President’s Volunteer Service Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted 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. Girls and adults who meet the criteria for the President’s Volunteer Service Award should complete the award application and submit to the council office along with $6.25 per award.


President's Volunteer Service Award Form
Requirements for award eligibility and award levels can be found here.



Prudential Spirit of Community Award

Nominations are being sought for the 2017 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a program sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals that recognizes young people solely on the basis of their volunteer service.  This unique youth recognition program has recognized more than 115,000 middle and high school students – including thousands of Girl Scouts – at the local, state and national level for outstanding acts of volunteerism over the past 21 years.  Top winners receive sizable cash awards, engraved medallions and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for the national awards ceremony in May 2017.

Girl scouts can apply online at or  Applications must be submitted by November 8, 2016.  We will then review applications and select one or more Girl Scouts to represent our council in the state-level judging.  If you have any questions or need a paper version of the application, please call 877-525-8491.



Religious Awards

My Promise, My Faith Pin
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 has, since the movement began, encouraged girls to take spiritual journeys via their faiths' religious recognitions.

Girls of all grade levels can now earn the My Promise, My Faith pin developed by Girl Scouts of the USA. 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.

Religious Recognitions
Religious recognitions are created by national religious organizations/committees to encourage the spiritual growth of their youth members and reinforce many of the values integral to Girl Scouting. While My Promise, My Faith helps girls connect Girl Scouting with their faith, the religious recognitions programs help girls grow stronger in and learn more specifically about their faith.


Each religious organization/committee develops and administers its own program. The To Serve God religious recognitions brochure shows the religious recognitions that have been created by various faith groups. You can find this brochure, a video that explains the religious recognitions programs, and other resources for collaborating with the faith community at P.R.A.Y. Publishing.

Some religious organizations are not affiliated with P.R.A.Y. or may not have a national office; to learn about their religious recognitions, contact their local leaders.


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