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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.

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 
 
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You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)

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You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 
 

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You have completed a Cadette Journey
 

Recently GSUSA has made an change to the Silver Award 
The change now states girls working towards their Silver and Gold Awards may now choose to focus their projects on the Girl Scout community. To ensure that any council-focused Silver Award projects are aligned with our long-term goals and outcomes we have created a pitch process that is required for ALL Silver projects where girls want to do something that benefits the Girl Scout community. 

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

 
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Identify an issue you care about
 

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Research your issue.
 

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Build your team.
 

Then, a girl can:

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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 Silver Award projects need council approval beyond the pitch form?

Currently, GSHCC does not require council proposals for Silver Award projects. Once a girl or Take Action group has gotten their Silver Award Pitch approved, they should work with their project advisor to get their project approved and can begin work after this process is completed. They will still be required to submit a Final Report to the council once their project is completed.

Does the time spent working on the pitch count towards a girl’s project hours?

Yes, the pitch is considered a part of the planning process and can therefore be included in a girl’s final hour tally. Please keep in mind that the maximum amount of planning hours allowed in the final time tally is 10 hours.

What if a girl/Take Action group wants to hold a service unit event or complete their project on a service unit level?

We encourage our Service Unit teams to allow girls or Take Action teams to pitch their events to them. All girls will still need to submit a pitch and get it approved by the Higher Awards Specialist before beginning their project. If a girl or Take Action group has any questions about the pitch process, contact the Higher Awards specialist at awards@girlscoutshcc.org for guidance and support.