Earning Bronze, Silver, & Gold Awards

Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. This prestigious award represents dedication and commitment to Girl Scouting and her community. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires hard work and a willingness to take on significant responsibility. For many, the leadership and organizational skills and sense of community and commitment that come from earning the Gold Award set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Girls who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award automatically enter the military one rank higher, and the Gold Award looks great on college, scholarship, and job applications!

I want to earn my Girl Scout Gold Award! Now what?

  1. Girls must be registered Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors to earn this award.
  2. Review these Gold Award guidelines and keep them handy as a guide throughout your project.
  3. After deciding on a Gold Award project, submit a proposal for approval. Proposals are due by February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1 of each year. A committee will meet to review your paperwork and contact you for an informal face-to-face or telephone interview. The committee may also follow up with you occasionally regarding questions or concerns about your project. Proposals should be submitted to GSNWGL’s Appleton Service Center, 4693 N. Lynndale Dr., Appleton, WI 54913.
  4. Once your proposal has been reviewed, the committee will either accept it and you may move on to the tasks at hand, or they may make suggestions to help you improve your project to meet the standards of excellence required to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. It is strongly suggested that you do not begin the process of working on your project until it has been approved.
  5. Once your project has been approved, take action! Build a team to help you meet your goals and continue to make connections along the way.
  6. Educate and inspire others by keeping a journal, photo album, or scrapbook of your project.
  7. Submit your Gold Award final report to the Gold Award committee at the Appleton Service Center no later than September 30 following your high school graduation. Tie up any loose ends that the committee may choose to address prior to honoring you with your Gold Award.
  8. Celebrate!

Other Useful Forms: Money-Earning Activity Approval, Solicitation of In-Kind Gifts

Girl Scout Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. By choosing to take the steps to affect powerful, positive change, girls who earn their Silver Award are poised for leadership throughout their lives.

Steps to earning the Girl Scout Silver Award:

  1. Complete a Cadette-level Girl Scout Journey
  2. Review Silver Award guidelines
  3. Identify issues you care about and explore the needs in your community
  4. Build a team of 2-4 or opt to go solo
  5. Develop a plan
  6. Submit a project proposal to GSNWGL with a complete plan and how you’ll put it into motion
  7. Go for it! Lead the project, work with others, and recruit helpers to make your project a success.
  8. Reflect, share your story with others, and celebrate
  9. Complete your final report and submit it to GSNWGL

Other Useful Forms: Money-Earning Activity ApprovalSolicitation of In-Kind Gifts

Girl Scout Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior can earn. When girls work toward earning their Bronze Award, they uncover the important lessons in what it takes to leave a meaningful legacy in their community.

Steps to earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award:

  1. Complete a Junior-level Girl Scout Journey
  2. Review Bronze Award guidelines
  3. Identify issues you care about and explore the needs in your community
  4. Build a team with fellow Girl Scout Juniors
  5. Develop a plan
  6. Go for it! Lead the project, work with others, and recruit helpers to make your project a success.
  7. Reflect, share your story with others, and celebrate
  8. Complete your final report and submit it to GSNWGL

Other Useful Forms: Money-Earning Activity ApprovalSolicitation of In-Kind Gifts