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Silver Award

Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to do big things and make your community better in the process. Download the Silver Award guidelines to find out how.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 

You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)


You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 


You have completed a Cadette Journey

As of October 1st, 2019, we now have a new system for Silver Award paperwork! The forms will look very similar to the old format but will allow you to save progress and take as much time as you need to finish the report. 

Girls wanting to earn their Silver Award must first submit a proposal to the council. This will replace the old pitch form and will be required for all projects.

We ask that before she decides to focus on Girl Scouts a girl must complete the three steps that precede the planning stage of a Silver Award project. 

Girl Scout Silver Award Steps


Identify an issue you care about


Research your issue.


Build your team.

Then, a girl can:


Develop a plan for the project.

This is when a girl can decide whether her issue is best addressed by focusing on the Girl Scout community.  When a girl or group decides that “Yes” her project does benefit Girl Scouts her next step will be to submit a “pitch”, through the online submission.

Pitches will be submitted to the Higher Awards Specialist, who will evaluate the pitches on a rolling basis to ensure that they will meet GSUSA standards for Take Action projects. If a project does not require further approval from a council department, the Higher Awards Specialist will either approve the proposal or work with the girl or Take Action group to ensure the project meets all requirements. If a project requires the use of council resources or guidance, the specialist will direct their pitch to the appropriate manager for the department that the girl or Take Action group want to partner with. The manager will then review the pitch and set up a meeting where they can confirm details of the project and the extent of their department’s involvement. This can be in the form of a phone call, email, or in-person visit, depending on the scale of the project and the needs of the girls. Once the manager has confirmed that the project will work for them, they will pass this feedback to the Higher Awards Specialist, who will approve the pitch.

Girls should treat their pitches like a formal presentation and provide detailed evidence of why they believe this project should involve Girl Scouts. We believe it is important that girls are able to distill their project’s premise down to a concise, manageable sound bite - it will help them build professional marketing and presentation skills! Successful project pitches will decisively answer the Wufoo form questions and leave no doubt that the project should include Girl Scouting.

Submit Your Pitch!
Submit Your Pitch!

Adult Guide: Girl Scout Silver Award

When you volunteer to help a girl earn her Silver Award, you take on an incredible role in her life. This Adult Guide to the Girl Scout Silver Award can help you be an even better mentor.

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Girl Scout Silver Award FAQ

Do Girl Scouts have to complete a proposal before starting their project?

As of October 1st, 2019, all new Silver Award projects must submit a proposal to the Higher Awards Committee for review. Girls whose projects were in progress before October 1st, 2019 should contact the Higher Awards Specialist.

Does time spent working on the proposal count towards a girl’s final hour tally?

Yes, the proposal is considered a part of the planning process and can, therefore, be included in a girl’s final hour tally. Girls can include up to 10 hours of planning time towards their final tally, including time writing the proposal.