Girl Scout Silver Award
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (girls in 6th – 8th grade) can earn. This leadership award involves earning all awards within a Cadette Journey, researching and identifying community issues, and developing and implementing a 50 hour project that addresses a valid need outside the Girl Scout community. Girls can work on this award individually or in small groups (2-3 girls). Once completed, each girl fills out a final report that reflects her specific contributions to the project. Final Reports are mailed to the Awards Program Specialist at the Program Center in Sacramento. Girl Scouts HCC Council honors girls with their award pin at the Recognition of Excellence Ceremony every May.
Steps to Earn the Girl Scout Silver Award
Starting October 2011, the requirements for earning this award have been changed by GSUSA. Girls now have 6th – 8th grade to complete this award. Once your troop has decided to earn the G.S. Silver Award, put the following steps in motion:
1. Girls should begin in 6th grade by earning all awards within any Cadette Journey.
2. Starting in 7th grade girls will be ready to start identifying issues that affect their community and research those issues to discover the root cause, aka: what is causing the problem. Now is a good time to take the Take Action Award Training for girls and their advisors.
3. Over their 7th and 8th grade years girls should develop and implement a 50 hour take action project. Girls have until September 30th of the beginning of their freshman year (9th grade) in high school to turn in the final report.
GSUSA has created workbooks to help everyone stay on track as your troop progresses through the award. Download the guides listed below for both girls and adults. Please be aware that these guides are put out by GSUSA and might not reflect all GSHCC council requirements for this award.
Girls using the “new” guidelines are required to turn in a final report upon completion of their project to the Awards Program Specialist at the Sacramento Program Center.
After the award paperwork is received by council, girls are invited to attend an annual award ceremony held in May of each year.
No proposal means that more responsibility falls on the troop leader/project advisor to make sure all Girl Scout rules are being followed when executing a project. Please review the advisor agreement below before starting on the project to ensure project success. You may also want to download the budget and timeline to use while planning the project.
If a Girl Scout is planning an event for her project, it is mandatory that she take the Prepare 2B Ready class.
• Risk management paperwork and an event intent form need to be turned in to their Membership Director AND the Awards Program Specialist at least 4 weeks before their event.
• Additional insurance is mandatory for any event that includes non-registered Girl Scouts and can be purchased using the additional insurance form. Insurance must be purchased at least 3 weeks before an event.
Finishing up your project under the old guidelines? The following paperwork is required:
Silver Proposal old guidelines: Must be submitted to the Awards Program Specialist for approval before starting on the project.
Need Additional Help?
Take Action Award Training classes give girls and adults a basic overview of the award requirements, ideas for building successful award projects, and guidance on GSHCC rules and regulations. Classes are available starting September 2011. To register as a girl go to Older Girl Training on E-council, as an adult go to Adult Training on E-council. Training is not required but highly recommended, as the advisor has more responsibility in overseeing the Girl Scout Silver Award project under the new guidelines.
Email email@example.com or call 800.322.4475 and ask to speak to the Awards Program Specialist.
October 1, 2011 – Deadline for transition to new Journey guidelines:
- Girls using the old guidelines must be completed with the pre-requisites of the award (steps 1-4) by this date to continue earning the award under the old guidelines. You will need to submit proposal paperwork to the Awards Program Specialist at least 4-6 weeks before starting your project.
- Girls just starting the award process must follow the new guidelines.
- Deadline to turn in Girl Scout Silver Award project report in order to be recognized at that year’s May awards ceremony (reports received after this date will be recognized at a ceremony during the next Girl Scout year).
September 30th of the year you enter 9th grade:
- The absolute last day to turn in the Girl Scout Silver Award project report in order to be recognized as having earned the Girl Scout Silver Award by Girl Scouts of the USA.