Changes with the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards include the following: Bronze will now be for the 4th-5th Grades; Silver for the 6th-8th Grades; and Gold for the 9th-12th Grades. Each girl must complete the Take Action project and do one Journey for the Bronze and Silver awards. For the Gold Award, the girl must complete one Journey and the Silver Award or two Journeys. Register for a free workshop to learn about the new guidelines.
- Approval from the council is NOT required for the Silver Award. Silver Awards are approved and run entirely at the troop level.
- Girls need to prepare to spend the required 50 hours of their own time on the project.
- Girls must complete a final report for the Silver Award that is turned in to council staff. Silver Awards are not considered complete and pins may not be purchased in our council shops until after the paperwork has been turned in.
- Silver Award training is now required for all girls who would like to complete this award. Silver Award 101 is offered at our council service centers and those trainings can be located on our training calendar. This training is also offered by request for groups of 6 or more and can be requested by contacting Amanda Meade at email@example.com or (800) 474-1912.
Benefits of Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting. It is a national award with national standards, awarded by the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA.
- Girls who earn this award are recognized as future community leaders.
- Younger girls look up to girls earning the Silver Award and are in continuous need of mentors.
- Although girls do not have to earn the Silver Award to be eligible to earn the Gold Award, the Silver Award helps girls develop skills that will help her to stretch as she goes for the Gold Award.
- Learning to work with different groups of people is a lifelong skill. Silver Award candidates learn that cooperation, leadership and compromise all go into teamwork.
Tips for Reaching for the Silver Award
Cadette Girl Scouts in a troop or as individually registered girls, grades 6 – 8, can begin working on the Silver Award requirements. Any printed pieces for the project should contain the following: Girl’s Name, Girl Scout Silver Award Project, The Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians.
The Silver Award Final Report must be received by March 1 for the girl to be recognized at a council recognition event each spring. Girls must submit Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report to the council office upon completion of the project. The girl will receive a letter confirming that the award has been earned.
All Silver Award pins must be purchased by the troop or parent
The council is updating our award completion tracking to ensure we can verify a girl’s award status before pins are purchased in our shops.
When a girl completes a Silver award project, she must send her final report form to the council to be posted in our internal database. Email reports to Amanda Meade at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before parents or leaders are allowed to purchase an award pin, the copy of the final report must either be in our database or presented at the time of purchase.
For individual girl or troop ceremonies, contact the council office to make arrangements to receive the pin.
Money and the Silver Award Project
The information below has been adapted to refer to the Silver Award rather than the Gold since is applicable to both awards.
One of the challenges facing every girl “Reaching for the Silver Award” is financial. Often, when the planning gets serious, adjustments have to be made in the implementation. On the one hand you are asked to meet a need in your community; on the other hand, you have some major constraints outlined in “Safety Activity Checkpoints” and GSUSA Policies. So what’s a girl to do?
1. You can’t ask for money as a girl member of Girl Scouts. You can’t ask for materials or services (technically called gifts-in-kind) either from the business community. This asking is considered fundraising by both the IRS and GSUSA policies – and for a lot of reasons, legal and otherwise, adults are the only people who can raise money for Girl Scouting.
NOTE: If you really need to get a donation of materials or need some funds to accomplish your project, work with your Girl Scout advisor to accomplish this. They have a book, the Volunteer Resource Guide , that has all the details and requirements for girls and troops related to money.
2. You can’t raise money for another organization as a Girl Scout. That means you can’t have a car wash and tell people that you are giving the proceeds to a homeless shelter for meals, you can’t ask for pledges for a walk-a-thon to benefit breast cancer research, and you can’t hold a benefit dance to raise money for someone’s kidney operation.
What you can do:
- Your troop can hold a car wash or birdhouse sale and can charge a fee to an approved event for your troop’s treasury. However, your troop must have council permission for any money-earning activity. Discuss with your troop the need for funds for your project, and determine as a group if this is how the troop would like to spend a portion of their troop treasury. If there are several girls, the troop may decide to donate a specific amount to each girl’s project, but the decision is up to the troop as whole.
- Pay for the expenses associated with the project out of your own pocket.
- Obtain support by seeking materials from individuals such as friends, family, your church, school or other organizations you are a member of, rather than soliciting the business community.
Some Questions Asked by Advisors and Girls
So, what is the real message GSUSA is sending about money and Silver Award projects?
Projects that may incur significant expenses or materials are not the best choices for girls. Girls need to select projects that utilize resources readily accessible to them such as their own time, talent, effort and that of other volunteers in the community.
So, it is best if I pick a project that does not require much money or supplies to accomplish, or that involves a material drive with individuals or community groups, correct?
Yes, that is best.
GS Bronze Award
All of the above information on money earning and the purchasing of pins applies to Bronze Award as well. The Bronze Award does not currently require a training session but adult mentors are responsible for working with girls to design and implement a quality project. Below you will see the links for the girl guidelines, the adult guidelines, the final assessment, and the final report. Each girl should individually complete and turn in both of these pieces; identical final reports should not be turned in and will not be accepted. Once you turn these two forms into one of our council service centers, the girl will receive a letter confirming receipt and acceptance of her award. Bronze Awards are not considered complete and pins may not be purchased in our council shops until after the paperwork has been turned in.