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Girl Scouts earning their Silver Award

Silver Award Girl Scouts

When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.  Download the Silver Award guidelines to find out how.

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2021 Silver Award Girl Scouts


 

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
 


Girl Scout Silver Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue you care about
 

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Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo
 

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Explore your community
 

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Pick your Silver Award project
 

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Develop your project
 

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Make a plan and put it into motion
 

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Reflect, share your story, and celebrate


 

Forms and Resources

If you need any additional forms not listed here, visit our Forms Library and search by keyword or choose the “Girl Awards” category.

Girl Scout Silver Award Intent Form
One form should be completed per project and should be completed before the girls put their plan into action.

Project Brainstorming: Decision Bracket
Use this bracket to brainstorm ideas for your project.

Silver Award Worksheets
Use these while completing your award requirements and submit them with your final report.

Silver Award Project Advisor Guide
This is a guide for project advisors of Girl Scout Silver Award projects.

Silver Award Final Report Form
Once you’ve finished your requirements, complete this form and send it to us along with your worksheets.

Silver Award Press Release Templates
Once you’ve completed your award, use these templates to send press releases to your local newspaper 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

Why must girls complete Journeys before earning the Girl Scout Silver Award? 
Earning one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards challenges girls to be their best. By first completing a “regular” Journey, girls learn what it takes to successfully complete a Take Action project—so they’re better prepared to develop, plan, and implement the more involved Take Action project for their Silver Award.

What do you mean when you say a girl’s Journey is "completed"? 
We say a Journey is “completed” when a girl has earned the Journey awards, which include creating and carrying out a Take Action project.

Are the guidelines for the Silver Award the same as those for Journeys?
As you might expect, there are some differences. Take Action projects for a Journey have predetermined themes. To earn a Silver Award, girls are required to come up with their own Take Action project theme.

How many hours should it take to earn the Silver Award?
No two projects are alike, so the time to plan, share, and complete a project will vary depending on the scope of the project, team, and community support. The quality of the project should be emphasized over the quantity of hours necessary to complete it. However, after fulfilling the required Journey, the suggested minimum number of hours is 50 hours.

Can girls, or even an entire troop, work together on the Silver Award? 
Girls working toward their Silver Award may work individually or in small groups.

Can girls get a head-start and begin working on their Silver Award project right after they bridge (transition) to the next level?
Absolutely. Once a girl bridges to the next level, she can begin working on her Silver Award; this includes the summer months.

Is it possible to choose Girl Scouting itself as the focus of a Silver Award?
The Girl Scout movement can not be the focus of a Take Action project for the Silver Award. Take Action projects for the Silver Award must reach into the community to "make the world a better place." Cadettes are ready to spread their wings, work more independently, and develop projects with—and for—a larger community.

What happens when a girl moves to a new city, state, or country while she’s in the middle of her award project? Can she still earn her award?
Yes, but she may need to seek special permission. We advise a girl in this situation to work with her new council and/or Overseas Committee to complete the project. And we encourage councils and Overseas Committees to be flexible and serve girls’ best interests.

Are adult guides just for council staff and volunteers? Or can parents use them too?
Even though the guides are designed for volunteers working directly with girls achieving their awards, any adult is welcome to use them.

What about girls with disabilities? Is there a different set of requirements for them?
No. Because Silver Award work is to be done to the best of a girl’s ability, there really is no need for special requirements for girls with disabilities. We encourage advisors to be flexible and to work with the girl individually as she earns her award.

How do you define “sustainable” when it comes to the highest awards?Simply put, a sustainable project lives on in the community after a girl’s involvement ends. How do girls achieve that? They might focus on education and raising awareness. Or they might develop workshops and hands-on learning sessions that inspire others to keep the project going. Working with local government, community groups, nonprofit agencies, civic associations, and/or religious organizations can also help ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement.

Does “sustainability” mean something different for different grade levels?
It’s more the degree of sustainability that differs from level to level. We give girls tools to help them explore issues they may want to address so that they can develop sustainable projects, as well as measure impact on their community, target audience, and themselves. Like many aspects of earning the highest awards, it becomes more challenging as girls progress to higher levels. Girl Scout Juniors working on their Bronze Awards might think about how their projects could become ongoing. But Cadettes working on their awards actually plan for sustainability.

Do you have any advice on how to generate higher-quality projects?
A good first step is to make sure girls and their advisors understand the difference between a one-time community service project and a Silver Award Take Action project that serves an entire community for an extended period of time. The troop/group volunteer or council staff member should also work closely with girls to ensure that every project meets the quality requirements of the award.

How can we accurately measure the impact of a Silver Award project?
Check the award guidelines. We provide tools to help girls identify project goals for their community, target audience, and themselves using a “success indicator” matrix.

Workshops and Training

GSWPA offers two options for the Girl Scout Silver Award Worskhops - in person or online on-demand. Both options outline the available resources, how to start, and project requirements. View upcoming workshops on our Activities Calendar. 

Unable to attend one of the scheduled workshops or trainings? No problem! Access the online on-demand training

We also have a team of facilitators to hold local in person trainings. Complete this form to request a 2 hour in person workshop.

Questions? Email us at customercare@gswpa.org