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Girl Scouts earning their Bronze Award

Bronze Award Girl Scouts

When Girl Scout Juniors team up to make a difference in their community, they learn important leadership skills, discover new passions, and watch how seemingly small actions make a big difference. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Bronze Award—the highest honor a Junior can achieve. Download the Bronze Award guidelines to find out how.

Girl Scout Bronze Award pin
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You can pursue your Girl Scout Bronze Award if:
 
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You're in fourth or fifth grade (or equivalent)
 

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You're a registered Girl Scout Junior
 

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You have completed a Junior Journey



Girl Scout Bronze Award Steps

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Build your Girl Scout Junior team
 

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Explore your community
 

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Choose your Bronze Award project
 

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Make a plan
 

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Put your plan in motion
 

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Spread the word

Forms and Resources

Bronze Award Project Details Form
Once you’ve completed your project, please complete this form to tell us about it! We might share your project on our website, social media channels, and publications. 

Bronze Award Press Release Template
Once you’ve completed your award, use this template to send press releases to your local newspaper or TV station to tell them about your accomplishment.

"Girls Changing the World" Map 
See what Girl Scouts are doing to make the world a better place by checking out the Take Action projects on this interactive map.

FAQs

Can you explain why Journeys must be completed before earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award? 
By completing Journeys, girls get to experience the level of commitment needed to earn the highest awards available to Girl Scouts. They’ll gain valuable skills, and be better prepared to develop, plan, and implement the Take Action project needed to earn their Bronze Award.

How do you define a "completed" Journey? 
When Girl Scouts develop and carry out their Take Action project, they earn their Journey award and their Journey is considered complete.

How are the guidelines for the Bronze Award different from those for the Journeys? 
Take Action projects related to Journeys give girls predetermined themes for their projects. But Take Action projects for Girl Scouting’s Bronze Award have no predesigned theme; girls choose their own.

How many hours of involvement are needed to earn the Bronze Award? 
Each project is unique, so the time necessary to take the project from planning to sharing to completion varies. The nature of the project, size of the team, and degree of community support will all affect the amount of time needed to complete a given project. The focus should be on delivering a high-quality project rather than the number of hours necessary to achieve it. However, after Journey requirements are met, the suggested minimum number of work hours is 20.

Are troops allowed to work together toward the Bronze Award?
For the Bronze Award, girls must work together in a team setting.

Are girls allowed to begin working toward their awards over the summer?
Yes. Girls can start working toward their awards after they bridge, or transition, to the next Girl Scout level.

Can Girl Scouting itself be the subject of a Bronze Award?
Girls may focus on the Girl Scout Movement when planning Take Action projects for the Girl Scout Bronze Award. Younger girls are given the option to develop leadership skills in the comfort of the Girl Scout environment.

Can a girl earn her Bronze Award if she moves after beginning her Take Action project?
We encourage councils and Overseas Committees to be flexible and to take girls’ best interests into account. Whenever possible, a girl should continue to work with her council or Overseas Committee to complete her project.

Can volunteers, council staff, and parents use the adult guides?
Any participating adult working directly with girls toward achieving their Bronze Award is encouraged to use the adult guides.

Are there different requirements for girls with disabilities?
No. The requirements are the same for every Girl Scout. Because work toward the Girl Scout Bronze Award is to be done to the best of girls' abilities, there is no need to have special requirements for girls with disabilities. Simply encourage flexibility and engage advisors that will work with the girls.

Can you explain what you mean by “sustainable project”?
A sustainable project is one that lasts after the girl’s participation ends. By concentrating on education and raising awareness, girls can make sure a project takes on a life of its own. Projects that involve hands-on learning sessions and workshops, as well as those that include collaboration with community groups, civic associations, nonprofit agencies, local government, and/or religious organizations are the most likely to continue being relevant beyond a girl’s involvement.

Is there a unique definition of “sustainability” for each grade level?
The award guidelines provide girls with tools to explore the root cause of issues, develop supportable project plans, and measure the impact of their projects on their communities, target audiences, and themselves. There is progression. Sustainability is encouraged but not mandatory for Girl Scout Juniors working toward their Bronze Awards.

Do you have any recommendations to help ensure girls initiate high-quality Bronze Award projects?
You can help ensure girls are doing their best to create a high-quality Take Action project by helping them and their project advisor understand the difference between a one-time community service opportunity and a sustainable Girl Scout Bronze Award Take Action project. The troop/group volunteer or council staff member should work with the girls to make sure their project meets the quality requirements of the award.

How is project impact measured?
Referring to the matrix provided in the award guidelines, girls can use “success indicators” to help identify project goals in relation to their communities, target audiences, and themselves.