Ready to help your community and earn one of the highest awards in Girl Scouting? Cadettes can team up with a small group of fellow Girl Scouts or work on their own. To earn the Silver Award, you will research an issue you care about, make a plan to address it, and then take action to improve your community.
Calling all Cadette leaders! There are a ton of new resources for girls and leaders going for their Silver Awards. Check out the Cadette Workbook for Earning Your Silver Award and the Adult Guide for Earning the Silver Award to get started!
Want physical copies of these guides for your troop? Please use this request form to receive your workbook and adult guide in the mail. All requests will be mailed on a rolling basis.
New GSUSA Silver Award training is now available. Check out GSUSA’S new Silver Award-specific training on gsLearn. The Highest Awards basics training is still available on gsLearn for all general Highest Awards information and troops getting started on Bronze Award projects.
What is different about the new process? As of Oct. 1, 2023, all Silver Award Girl Scouts will need to submit a Silver Award Proposal, and receive their approval email from Council, before starting on their project.
Who does this change affect? Any girls who are aging up to Cadettes on Oct. 1, 2023, will be expected to submit a proposal before starting their project.
What if my troop has already been working on their project? Any troop who is already in the process of working on their Silver Award project (as of Aug. 1, 2023) will not need to go back and submit a proposal.
How do we submit the proposal for approval? Silver Award Girl Scouts will submit the Silver Award proposal as a group (linked to the top of the Silver Award webpage) to get started on their project, and should allow up to two weeks to hear back from a council representative with their approval email.
Can we start our project before we receive proposal approval? Troops should NOT get started on the work of their projects until they receive the email back from Grace about their proposal. They will either receive approval to get started, or they will receive “contingent approval” listing the items that they need to address in their project plan to receive final approval for the Silver Awards.
What is the deadline to finish a Highest Awards project? Girls have until they age up to the next program level to finish their projects and submit the appropriate form notifying Council. For example, girls have until they age up to Cadettes on Oct. 1 of their 6th grade year to finish their Bronze Award project and submit the Bronze Award Notification Form.
What is the deadline to be invited to the Highest Awards celebrations in the spring? Girls need to finish their projects and submit the Silver Award Final Report or the Bronze Award Notification Form prior to April 1, 2023 to be invited to the 2023 Highest Awards Celebrations in May.
How do we notify council we’ve ﬁnished our Silver Award and order the pins? To ﬁnish a Silver Award project, girls will submit the Silver Award Final Report (coming Oct. 1). Both the Silver Award Proposal and the Silver Award Final Report are written for girls to answer the questions with the support of a troop leader, leaders should NOT be ﬁlling out the form for their girls.
Has the Bronze Award process changed? No, the Bronze Award process will be the same. The Bronze & Silver Notification form will now be the Bronze Award Notification form and is still the way that Bronze Award troops let us know that they have earned their award and order the pins and certificates for their girls (form linked to the top of the Bronze Award page).
How do we notify Council we’ve finished our Silver Award and order the pins? To finish a Silver Award project, girls will submit the Silver Award Final Report (will be linked to the top of the Silver Award webpage by Oct. 1)
Both the Silver Award Proposal and the Silver Award Final Report are written for girls to answer the questions with the support of a troop leader, leaders should NOT be filling out the form for their girls.
Let our council know you want to earn it.
Find an issue you care about.
Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
Explore your community and think of how that issue affects your community.
When you support Girl Scouts earning their Silver Award, you’ll help them see their own power and be by their side as they make a lasting change in their community. Download this guide to get started today.