The Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards (also called “Highest Awards”) are the highest awards a girl can earn in Girl Scouts. These are awarded to Junior, Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador girls who display leadership while engaging in projects that benefit their communities.
Earning Highest Awards
For the most part, girls should be driving their own projects as they showcase the impressive leadership skills they have been honing. As a troop leader or Juliette mentor, your approach to supporting your girl’s Highest Award earning should be hands-off—you should act as their advisor.
Girls can visit GirlScoutsRV.org/Highest-Awards to help them navigate the process of earning their award. The following instructions serve to help you, their advisor, maintain checks-and-balances throughout your girl’s project.
Bronze Award (Juniors)
To earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Girl Scout Juniors plan and complete a project that makes a difference their community.
What Juniors Do
After completing a Junior Girl Scout Leadership Journey, girls will follow the Bronze Award Guidelines (Includes Final Report) to build a project team, explore their community, choose a project, create a project plan, implement their plan, and submit a final report to River Valleys.
What You Do
As your girls follow the Bronze Award Guidelines, you will follow the Bronze Award Program Kit to help them find an issue they care about and prepare for their project.
Silver Award (Cadettes)
To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, Girl Scout Cadettes demonstrate organization, determination, and dedication to improving their community.
What Cadettes Do
After completing a Cadette Girl Scout Leadership Journey, girls will follow the Silver Award Guidelines (Includes Project Proposal and Final Report) to identify issues they care about, build a project team, explore their community, choose and develop a project, and submit their project proposal for approval.* After working with the Highest Awards Committee to ensure the project meets the requirements, girls will implement their plan, then submit their final report to River Valleys. Girls who earn their Silver Award will be invited to the River Valleys Highest Awards Ceremonies celebrating their accomplishment!
*Council approval is needed prior to beginning any Silver Award project. Girls wishing to do their Silver Award and are in eighth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their eighth grade year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.
What You Do
As your girls follow the Silver Award Guidelines, you will follow the Silver Award Program Kit to help them develop a quality project.
Gold Award (Seniors and Ambassadors)
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. Generations of young women who have earned this award have made huge differences in their local and global communities.
What Seniors and Ambassadors Do
After earning their Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout Leadership Journey OR completing two Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout Leadership Journeys, girls will attend a Going for the Gold training as individuals, with an adult, or with a group to learn more about the Gold Award process. Next, they will follow the Gold Award Guidelines to brainstorm project ideas, choose an advisor (other than you!), and submit their Gold Award Project Proposal for approval.* After working with the Highest Awards Committee to ensure the project meets the requirements, girls will implement their plan, then submit their Gold Award Final Report. Girls who earn their Gold Award will be invited to the River Valleys Highest Awards Ceremonies celebrating their accomplishment!
*Council approval is needed prior to beginning any Gold Award project. Girls wishing to do their Gold Award and are in twelfth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their graduation year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.
What You Do
Sit back and watch her shine!
Fundraising for Highest Awards
If a girl will be earning more than $100 for her project, you will need to make sure she completes the Money Earning Project Approval Form. More information on money earning for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards can be found in the award packets listed above.
Looking for more ways to help girls shine?
Become a member of the River Valleys Highest Awards Committee! As a member of this committee, you will have a chance to mentor girls through their highest awards process to ensure their projects are the very best they can be. You’ll also be a highest awards expert in your community, educating other leaders, girls, and families on the benefits of Girl Scouts earning their highest awards. Learn more and apply at GirlScoutsRV.org/Committees-Task-Groups!