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Additional Awards

As a Girl Scout, you have a multitude of opportunities to develop your leadership skills and achieve awards! You can earn awards at all levels, starting with our youngest leaders—Girl Scout Daisies in kindergarten, all the way through high school seniors—Girl Scout Ambassadors. Get an overview of all awards with our Girl Scout Awards handout and learn more below.

Awards for All Girl Scout Grade Levels

Journey Summit Award

This award is earned by completing three Journeys for your Girl Scout level. Chose from It’s Your World—Change it!, It’s Your Planet—Love it!, It’s Your Story—Tell It!, Think Like an Engineer, Think Like  A Programmer, Think Like a Citizen Scientist, and Outdoor.

Safety Award

Each Girl Scout Level has its own set of requirements to teach you how to stay safe at home, school, and in your community.

DAISY SAFETY AWARD
Learn how to stay safe on your Daisy adventures! When you do, you’ll earn this important award.

Complete these three steps to earn the award:

  1. Understand what to do if you get lost. Know your phone number, address, and who it’s safe to ask for help (police officer, teacher, person in charge).
    • Suggested Activity
      • Role play approaching someone to ask for help. Memorize a second phone number for an emergency contact (parent, grandparent, trusted adult).
    • Resource
  2. Find out what you should do if you or a friend is choking.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Practice calling 911 on a locked cell phone, practice what you’d say on the phone.
  3. Learn how to do “Stop, Drop, and Roll” if your clothing catches on fire.


BROWNIE SAFETY AWARD
**Before starting this award, you might want to review the Safety Award for previous levels to make sure they are familiar with the other safety activities as these build on one another over the different Girl Scout levels**

It’s important to stay safe in your daily life and when you go on Brownie adventures!

Complete these five steps to earn the award:

  1. Talk to a teacher, parent, or another adult about how to stay safe at school. Make a list of the three most important rules for playground safety or safety on the school bus.
  2. Get a map of your neighborhood or town and mark where the police station, fire station, and other important points are located.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Look online or get a map of your neighborhood or town and mark where the police station, fire station and other important points are located.
      • Make a list of emergency numbers and post it in your home so you can easily find them when you need them.
    • Resources
  3. Find out how a smoke alarm works. Test the one at your home so you know what it sounds like and make sure it’s working.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Test the smoke alarm at your home so you know what it sounds like (you may want to warn everybody at home that it’ll be loud!) and make sure it is working. Mark your calendars to change the battery twice each year. Daylight savings are great days to use to remember to do this!
      • Develop an escape route and meeting place for your family in case of fire.
    • Resources
      • Red Cross
      • Reach out to your local firefighters for fire safety tips, plans, and additional local resources.
  4. Choose an upcoming trip you plan to take – to a carnival, amusement park, the mall, the playground, or even just the grocery store—and make a safety plan with an adult.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Make a safety plan with an adult. Find out what to do if a stranger approaches you in a public place.
  5. Find out what natural disasters are most common in your area (earthquakes, blizzards, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods) and discuss with your family or another adult what to do when they happen.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Discuss with your family or another adult what to do when natural disasters happen when you are at home.
      • Develop an emergency plan with your family.
    • Resources:
      • Red Cross
      • Ready.gov
      • Reach out to your Red Cross chapter for natural disaster resources specific to your area.


JUNIOR SAFETY AWARD
**Before starting this award, you might want to review the Safety Award for previous levels to make sure they are familiar with the other safety activities as these build on one another over the different Girl Scout levels**

Know how you and your friends can stay safe on your Junior adventures!

Complete these five steps to earn this award:

  1. Find out what the most common injuries are for kids your age. Make a list of how to prevent them. Then do a home safety audit to check for dangers around the house.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Make a list of common injuries that could happen in your house
      • Do a home safety audit to check for dangers around the house. Find three dangers and discuss with your family how to avoid them. Make a plan to fix the hazards.
    • Resource
  2. Conduct an emergency evacuation drill of your home or the place your Girl Scout group meets. In the case of fire, know where your main exit is located, and plan an alternative way to get out if the first exit is blocked.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Draw a map of your house. Mark all the exits with a bright, colored crayon, pencil, or marker. Share this with your family. Work with your family and plan alternate ways to get out if an exit is blocked. 
      • Plan and execute two different fire drills with your family based on the previous activity. Time how long it takes to execute each plan.
    • Resource
  3. Find out how to read weather signs so you know when to head indoors and get to safety.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Go to the Farmer’s Almanac and learn about ways farmers would try to predict the weather before we had radar to tell us what was happening. Look up the signals that bad weather is coming and write what each means:
        • Halo around the moon
        • Dark, low clouds
        • Red sky at sunrise
        • Thunder
    • Resources
  4. Learn about bicycle safety. Research why biking helmets are important and how to check if a helmet fits you properly
  5. Go on a hazard-identification walk along a local hiking trail, bike trail, or horse trail.


CADETTE SAFETY AWARD
**Before starting this award, you might want to review the Safety Award for previous levels to make sure they are familiar with the other safety activities as these build on one another over the different Girl Scout levels**

Know how you and your friends can stay safe on your Cadette adventures.

Complete these five steps to earn this award:

  1. Learn how to make a room safe for a young child.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Research and find a baby-proofing checklist.
      • Pick one room in your house and follow the list. What needs to be done to make it safe?
      • Now go from room to room. What is different depending on the room? Try doing a bedroom and a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Resource
  2. Find out about water safety and learn to perform a reaching assist from a dock or the side of a pool to help someone out of the water.
  3. Teach a Daisy or Brownie what to do if she gets lost and why she shouldn’t talk to strangers.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Assist a younger troop in earning their safety award: Attend a troop meeting or build an activity or make a worksheet, poster, or video that could help a Daisy or Brownie leader teach her troop these skills.
  4. With your family, make sure you have enough food, water, and medication supplies on hand to last at least three days in case of a natural disaster. (Remember to plan for pets!) It’s important to have someone outside the area whom everyone in your family can contact in case you are separated. Learn who your family contact is or help your family choose a contact.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Research what is needed to create an emergency tub/kit for a flood, thunderstorm, or tornado. Go through the house and see what you can collect. Make a list of what is still needed. Along with your family, create a safety plan for a fire, a tornado, and any other disaster you might think of.
      • The Red Cross has great activities to help you prepare for a natural disaster like a flood, thunderstorm, or tornado. Check out the different links listed below under resources for these activities.
    • Resources
  5. Discuss bullying with your Girl Scout group, friends, or family. Write and sign a personal responsibility statement that covers how you’ll behave at school, at home, and online.
    • Suggested Activities
      • Research forms of bullying and create a list of behaviors you may have witnessed that hurt others.
      • Decide how you want to be treated and interview family members and friends about how they want to be treated. Use the information you gathered and create a personal or troop pledge. Decorate it and hang it in your room as a reminder of how you can influence others with your positive treatment of others.
    • Resources:

SENIOR SAFETY AWARD
**Before starting this award, you might want to review the Safety Award for previous levels to make sure they are familiar with the other safety activities as these build on one another over the different Girl Scout levels**

Know how you and your friends can stay safe on your Senior adventures.

Complete these five steps to earn this award

  1. Take a self-defense class or ask a police officer to talk to you or your group about self-defense tips
  2. Teach younger Girl Scouts about fire and kitchen safety, water safety, or safety on the trail.
  3. Learn about the dangers of distracted driving, and make a poster or PSA about paying attention at the wheel.
  4. Help two people to resolve a disagreement peacefully and respectfully.
  5. Discuss the dangers of alcohol and drug use with your Girl Scout group, friends, or family. Write a personal-responsibility statement that covers how you’ll behave.


AMBASSADOR SAFETY AWARD
**Before starting this award, you might want to review the Safety Award for previous levels to make sure they are familiar with the other safety activities as these build on one another over the different Girl Scout levels**

Know how you and your friends can stay safe on your Ambassador adventure.

Complete these five steps to earn this award:

  1. Pick a safety issue important to you, and organize a forum where other teens can discuss the issue.
    • Suggested Activity
      • Have a discussion within your troop about this issue. If you’d like to take it a step further, find a local organization or gather a group of friends where you can discuss this issue more in-depth.
  2. Talk to younger Girl Scouts about Internet safety and safe use of social media.
  3. List your duties as a counselor-in-training, volunteer-in-training, or in other leadership roles you hold. Carry the list with you, and use it to make sure you’ve covered all your bases when making a safety plan for trips and events.
    • Suggested activity
      • Think of your list as a resume—an overview of the skills you have and the responsibilities you have been trusted with. Host a brainstorm session (or turn it into a game) with trusted friends and adults about what types of situations where those skills would be helpful. Build scenarios for each other and brainstorm how you can make the most of the skills you have and are building!
  4. Talk to a counselor, social worker, or someone who works at a local women’s shelter to find out more about how to stay safe while dating.
  5. Pick a sport or outdoor activity you enjoy. Find out how rules, training, and safety equipment are designed to protect players.
My Promise, My Faith

Girl Scouts of all levels can earn one award each year as you explore the connection between Girl Scouts and your faith and learn about additional religious recognitions. Learn more HERE.

Bridging Award

Girls Scouts earn this award by completing two steps: Pass it on—to share what you’ve learned with younger girls, and Look Ahead—to learn from older girls about what great things will be happening in your next level of Girl Scouts.

Outdoor Awards - Juniors through Ambassadors
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Pair your Girl Scout Journeys and badges with outdoor and skill-building experiences to earn this collection of Outdoor Awards! 

 

 

Outdoor Awards Categories: Camping, Hiking, Aquatics, Conservation, Riding, Adventure, and Service to Outdoors. Each award can also be earned by adult members! 

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To track your progress through the Outdoor Awards, you can print specific pages of the Outdoor Awards Journal using this printer-friendly PDF.


This awards program is generously supported by a grant from the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

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Camping.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a Camping skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Camper
    Cadette—Primitive Camper
    Senior— Adventure Camper
    Ambassador—Survival Camper
  4. Complete 25 nights of camping—including six consecutive days (five nights) of camping at a Girl Scout resident camp. A minimum of 15 nights must be tent camping.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of nights camping.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor.
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Camping.
  5. Complete 25 nights of camping. A minimum of 15 nights must be tent camping.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 nights of camping. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 nights of camping. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of nights camping.

Hiking.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Earn the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a Camping skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Eco Camper or Geocacher
    Cadette—Trailblazing or Eco Trekker
    Senior—Adventure Camper
    Ambassador—Survival Camper
  4. Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, or skied. A gold pin is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of miles hiking.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop earning the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Hiking.
  5. Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross-country skiing.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 50 miles hiked, backpacked, snowshoed, or skied. A gold pin is earned for each additional 200 miles of hiking. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of miles hiking.

Aquatics.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete a one-mile swim. Date: Location:
  4. Complete one of the following:
    • Red Cross Basic Water Rescue Course
    • Red Cross Small Craft or American Canoe Association Course
    • An approved lifeguard course (Must be at least 15 years old at time of course)
  5. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time in one of the following activities: swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.
  6. Complete an additional 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in the last two requirements. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of aquatics activity.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor.
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Aquatics.
  5. Complete one of the following:
    • Red Cross Small Craft or American Canoe Association Course
    • An approved lifeguard course
  6. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time in one of the following activities: swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba diving, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.
  7. Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, or whitewater activity.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatics activity listed in the last two requirements. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatics activity. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of aquatics activity.

Conservation. 

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of five of the following conservation tools and discuss the ethical use for each tool chosen:
    • pick/pickaxe
    • bow saw
    • sledge hammer
    • fire rake/McLeod
    • shovel/spade
    • cross-cut saw
    • loppers or shears
    • Pulaski
    • ax
    • prybar
  4. Complete the following skill-building badge for your program level:
    Junior—Eco Camper
    Cadette—Eco Trekker
    Senior—Eco Explorer
  5. Ambassador—Eco Advocate
  6. Complete 25 hours of conservation work, including 10 hours of conservation work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, or national parks or forests; on Girl Scout camp properties; or with a government or conservation agency project.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of conservation work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of conservation work (for example, the first silver pin is earned at 50 total hours of conservation work). A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of conservation work.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Conservation.
  5. Complete 25 hours of conservation work, including 10 hours of conservation work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 25 hours of conservation work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 100 hours of conservation work (for example, the first silver pin is earned at 50 total hours of conservation work). An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of conservation work.

Riding.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
    • 100 miles of cycling or mountain biking
    • 30 miles of horseback riding
    • 100 miles of motor boat activity
    • 30 miles of skating (ice skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, or roller skating)
    • 30 miles of mountain boarding
    • 50 miles of downhill skiing or snowboarding
  4. Complete at least 200 miles of any combination of riding activities, including cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, motor boating, skating, mountain boarding, downhill skiing, or snowboarding, including the miles in the previousrequirement.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding in any riding activity. A gold pin is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of miles of riding.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Riding.
  5. Complete the requirements for at least one of the following:
    • 100 miles of cycling or mountain biking
    • 30 miles of horseback riding
    • 100 miles of motor boating
    • 30 miles of skating (ice skating, rollerblading, skateboarding, or roller skating)
    • 30 miles of mountain boarding
    • 50 miles of downhill skiing or snowboarding
  6. Complete at least 200 miles of any combination of riding activities, including cycling, mountain biking, horseback riding, motor boating, skating, mountain boarding, downhill skiing, or snowboarding, including the miles in the previous requirement.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 100 miles of riding in any riding activity. A gold pin is earned for each additional 400 miles of riding. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of miles of riding.

Adventure.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Complete at least two of the following skill-building badges for your program level:
    Junior:
    • Animal Habitat
    • Eco Camper
    • Horseback Riding
    • Flowers
    • Camper
    • Geocacher
    • Outdoor Art Explorer
    • Gardener
    Cadette:
    • Animal Helpers
    • Trailblazing
    • Eco Trekker
    • Night Owl
    • Archery
    • Outdoor Art Apprentice
    • Primitive Camper
    • Trees
    Senior:
    • Adventure Camper
    • Cross Training
    • Outdoor Art Expert
    • Sky
    • Adventurer
    • Eco Explorer
    • Paddling
    • Voice for Animals
    Ambassador:
    • Eco Advocate
    • Survival Camper
    • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
    • Outdoor Art Master
    • Water
  4. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities:
    • Take four (4) day hikes of at least four miles each.
    • Go on a backpacking trip lasting at least three days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Take a canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply.
    • Go on a whitewater trip lasting at least two days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Participate in a climbing activity on open rock, that includes at least two nights of camping.
    • Find 50 geocaches.
    • Spend 10 hours participating in shooting sports (archery, rifle, or shotgun).
    • Attend a council-sponsored Girl Scout resident camp session of at least six days.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional five activities. A gold pin is earned for each additional 20 activities. A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of activities.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least one girl earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Adventure.
  5. Complete 10 of any combination or repetition of the following adventure activities:
    • Take four (4) day hikes of at least four miles each.
    • Go on a backpacking trip lasting at least three days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Take a canoeing, rowing, or sailing trip lasting three or more days and covering more than 50 miles without food resupply.
    • Go on a whitewater trip lasting at least two days and covering more than 20 miles without food resupply.
    • Participate in a climbing activity on open rock, that includes at least two nights of camping.
    • Attend a Girl Scout Outdoor Training Summit.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional five activities. A gold pin is earned for each additional 20 activities. An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of activities.

Service to Outdoors.

Girl Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey for your program level.
  2. Complete a First Aid skill-building badge for your program level.
  3. Demonstrate the safe use of the tools you will be using to complete projects. Discuss the ethical use of the tools you chose.
  4. Complete at least two of the following skill-building badges for your program level:
    Junior:
    • Animal Habitat
    • Eco Camper
    • Horseback Riding
    • Flowers
    • Camper
    • Geocacher
    • Outdoor Art Explorer
    • Gardener
    Cadette:
    • Animal Helpers
    • Trailblazing
    • Eco Trekker
    • Night Owl
    • Archery
    • Outdoor Art Apprentice
    • Primitive Camper
    • Trees
    Senior:
    • Adventure Camper
    • Cross Training
    • Outdoor Art Expert
    • Sky
    • Adventurer
    • Eco Explorer
    • Paddling
    • Voice for Animals
    Ambassador:
    • Eco Advocate
    • Survival Camper
    • Ultimate Recreation Challenge
    • Outdoor Art Master
    • Water
  5. Complete 35 hours of service to outdoors work, including 15 hours of service to outdoors work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Service to outdoors work can include activities like clearing trails, cleanup projects, building projects, or running outdoor programs for younger participants. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, and national parks or forests or on Girl Scout camp properties.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 35 hours of service to outdoors work. A gold pin may be earned for each additional 140 hours of service to outdoors work (for example, the first gold pin is earned at 175 total hours of service to outdoors work). A girl may wear any combination of pins totaling her current number of hours of service to outdoors work.

Adult Member Requirements Checklist:

  1. Complete a council-sponsored Outdoor Skills Training.
  2. Hold a current certification in CPR/FA/AED through an approved vendor. 
  3. Facilitate or co-facilitate your troop completing the It’s Your Planet—Love It Journey. You may also fulfill this requirement by facilitating this Journey at the service unit or council level.
  4. Mentor at least two girls earning the Girl Scout Outdoor Award for Service to Outdoors.
  5. Complete 35 hours of service to outdoors work, including 15 hours of service to outdoors work at a Girl Scout camp property under the direction of the camp ranger. Service to outdoors work can include activities like clearing trails, cleanup projects, building projects, running outdoor programs for younger participants. Projects can be completed at city, county, state, and national parks or forests or on Girl Scout camp properties.

A silver pin may be earned for each additional 35 hours of service to outdoors work. A gold pin is earned for each additional 140 hours of service to outdoors work (for example, the first gold pin is earned at 175 total hours of service to outdoors work). An adult may wear any combination of pins totaling his/her current number of hours of service to outdoors work.

Presidential Volunteer Service Award

The Presidential Volunteer Service Award is a national opportunity to honor outstanding volunteers and recognize the impact they make. While not a Girl Scout award, the Presidential Volunteer Service Award is awarded by age group in three tiers: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

To be eligible, volunteers must be a United States Citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States, at least 5 year old, and complete eligible service within a 12 month period (January 16th – January 15th each year).

Eligible Service:

  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefiting others
  • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award*, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold

Eligible Service does not include:

  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members

Hours required to earn awards in each age group:

These hours ONLY reflect the Presidential Volunteer Service Award tiers. (DO NOT include hours for the Girl Scouts Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards).

Age Group

Bronze

Silver

Gold

Kids                 (5-10 yrs.old)

26-49 hours

50-74 hours

75+ hours

Teens            (11-15 yrs. old)  

50-74 hours

75-99 hours

100+ hours

Young Adults (16-25 yrs. old)

100-174 hours

175-249 hours

250+ hours

Adults  (26+)

100-249 hours

250-499 hours

500+ hours

Please use the Service Award Log to keep track of your hours. Hour logs should be submitted via email to customercare@gswpa.org with the subject line: Presidential Volunteer Service Award.  Alternatively, hours can be submitted using the online form.  Hour submission must be submitted by January 31.


Mentoring Awards

Junior Aide

Girl Scout Juniors can earn this mentoring award by making and completing a plan to work with Daisies or Brownies on one of their Journeys.

Leader in Action (LiA)

Cadettes earn the LiA award by assisting Brownies to complete a Journey.

Cadette Program Aide

Have you always wanted to be a mentor to younger girls? Do you want to be a role model and inspiration and have a lasting impact on a girl's life? Girl Scout Cadettes have exciting opportunities to share their skills, passions, and experience with younger Girl Scouts! As a Program Aide, you'll develop your leadership skills and learn age-level communication techniques and tips for planning and leading activities for younger girls.

There are three steps to earn this mentoring award—earn one LiA award, complete the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Program Aide training, and work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. (One-hour sessions are suggested.)

To become a Program Aide:

  1. Earn a LiA (Leader in Action) Award.
  2. Complete the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania Program Aide Training. The Program Aide Training includes virtual Foundations training and in-person Skills training. To find upcoming training, check out our Activities List.
  3. Work directly with younger Girl Scouts over six activity sessions to complete 25 internship hours. How this happens for each girl may vary. This can be assisting girls on Journey activities (in addition to what you have already done for your LiA Award), badge activities, troop meetings, or other activities You can also help out at day camps and council-sponsored events.

Current Program Aide facilitators are asked to complete this form to let the girl program team know you are interested in continuing to be a facilitator for the Program Aide Skills training.

FAQ: 

Q: My daughter is already a Program Aide. Does she have to take the new training? 
A: No! Current Program Aides do not need to take the new training. If they feel that they would benefit from additional training, they are welcome to register for the new training, but it is not required. 

Q: I’m currently a facilitator. Can I keep training girls? 
A: If you are interested in continuing to be a Program Aide facilitator, please contact the girl program team at 800-248-3355 or customercare@gswpa.org for more information. 

Q: If my daughter is in the middle of earning her LiA Award, can she still attend? 
A: Having a completed LiA Award is a pre-requisite, so no, she will need to complete the LiA Award before attending. 

Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)

Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group outside of camp can earn this award when you work with an adult mentor, complete Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania training, and create and implement a program for girls based on a Journey or badge.

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)

As seasoned Girl Scouts, Seniors and Ambassadors have exciting opportunities to mentor younger girls in a camp setting and build skills toward becoming camp counselors.

Both Seniors and Ambassadors can earn the Counselor-in-Training I award by taking a leadership course on outdoor experiences and working with younger girls over the course of a camp session through a CIT session at a Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania resident camp. Once the CIT I award is completed, Ambassadors can earn the Counselor-in-Training II award by continuing to build their skills and focusing on a specific area, like riding instruction, lifeguarding, or the arts.


Meritorious Service Awards

Bronze Cross

This lifesaving award is given to a Girl Scout who has shown extraordinary heroism or risked her life to save another’s. Contact Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania to request guidelines and an application.

Medal of Honor

This lifesaving award is given to a Girl Scout who has saved someone’s life in an emergency. Contact Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania to request guidelines and an application.


National Leadership Awards

Silver Torch Award

This award recognizes Cadettes who act as leaders in their community. There are two steps to earn this award—complete a Journey and serve for one full term in a leadership position in your community. This could be serving as yearbook editor, on student government, president of a club, or sports captain.

Gold and Silver Torch

This award recognizes Seniors who act as leaders in their community. There are two steps to earn this award—complete a Journey and serve for one full term in a leadership position in your community. This could be serving as yearbook editor, on student government, president of a club, or sports captain.

Gold Torch Award

This award recognizes Ambassador Girl Scouts who act as leaders in their community. There are two steps to earn this award: completing a Journey and serving for one full term in a leadership position in your community. This could be serving as yearbook editor, on student government, president of a club, or sports captain.

Community Service Bar

To earn this award, you will choose a community organization to work with, receive instructions, and complete at least 20 hours of service.**

**Hours of service you use to earn these awards must be separate from those counted towards other awards.

Service to Girl Scouting Bar

Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors often volunteer to help at service unit or council events with younger girls or volunteer to help with other special Girl Scout projects. Once you complete at least 20 hours of service, you earn this award.**

**Hours of service you use to earn these awards must be separate from those counted towards other awards.


Special Opportunity Awards

Cookie Activity Pin

You can earn this award every year when you participate in the cookie program. For age-level, qualifying activities click HERE.

World Thinking Day Award

Girl Scouts take part in activities to honor and celebrate our global sisterhood around the world. Check out the age-level activities to earn this award HERE.

Global Action Award

Learn more about how girls live around the world and do an activity to help girls who need it to earn this award. More information can be found HERE.