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Girl Scout Bronze Awards

Bronze Award Girl Scouts

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In response to COVID-19, Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented a three-month deadline extension (to December 31, 2020) for all Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors currently pursuing their Highest Awards. Learn more about Highest Awards during COVID-19.

When Girl Scout Juniors team up to make a difference in their community, they learn important leadership skills, discover new passions, and watch how seemingly small actions make a big difference. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Bronze Award—the highest honor a Junior can achieve. Download the Bronze Award guidelines to find out how.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Bronze Award if:
 
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You're a registered Girl Scout Junior
 

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You have completed a Junior Journey

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You and a caregiver participate in Bronze Award Orientation online in gsLearn

 

Reaching your Goals

Bronze Award Steps

Go on a Girl Scout Journey. Through a Girl Scout Journey, you'll earn leadership awards that will help you in earning the Bronze Award.

Build your team. Gather a team of Girl Scout Juniors and volunteers or adults who will support you along the way. Individual girls can lead a Bronze Award project, but should work with a team. GSEMA strongly encourages teams of ten or fewer.

Explore your community. Begin by brainstorming topics you are most passionate about and identifying issues related to the topic. You may also identify communities you are a part of or have worked with in the past, and assess needs or gaps within them.

Choose your project. Confirm the community need, and how you will take action to address it.

Make a plan. As a group and with help from volunteers, create a project plan. Then, share your plan with GSEMA.

Put your plan into motion. Work together to implement your plan, making sure everyone has a role and responsibility.

Spread the word. Once you've completed tour project, it’s time to think about what you did, why it mattered, and what you learned.

Download the Bronze Award Guidelines for more details and access the GSEMA Bronze Award Orientation in gsLearn.

Project Plan Approval

Once your Girl Scout Junior team had chosen a community issue and developed a plan to address it, share your project plans with GSEMA. The Program Team will review your plan to make sure it meets the criteria, share feedback, and offer support for meeting your goals. After this review, your projecty will be pre-approved for the Bronze Award!

Be prepared to share:

  • expected project start and end dates
  • team member names
  • the selected community issue
  • the communities affected
  • your group goals
  • the steps and components necessary to achieve the goals
  • how you will cover project costs

Once you share your project plans with GSEMA, you’ll receive an email confirmation with a copy of your team’s submission. GSEMA’s Program Team will respond within 7-10 business days.

Final Report

Upon completion of your project, submit a Bronze Award Group Final Report. The report includes reflection questions and should be completed by girls.

Complete the online Bronze Award Group Final Report. Once submitted, your team will receive a confirmation email with a copy of the report.

Upon approval, the group will receive a status update email. The volunteer listed on the report will then receive the following:

  • individual congratulation letters for each girl
  • individual Bronze Award certificates for each girl
  • authorization to purchase the Bronze Award at any Girl Scout shop

 

Supporting Girls

For Troop Leaders

When you volunteer to help a girl earn the Bronze Award, you are helping her develop incredible leadership skills to last a lifetime. GSEMA is committed to supporting you and families through the process.

Before starting a Bronze Award project:

  • help girls complete a Girl Scout Junior Journey 
  • review GSUSA’s Bronze Award Guidelines
  • participate in the online Bronze Award Orientation in gsLearn
For Families

Earning a high award requires the support of caregivers and families. The level of support depends on the scope of the project.

Support girls by:

  • reviewing important Bronze Award Guidelines
  • communicating with troop leaders on project updates
  • asking questions
  • being a cheerleader and providing encouragement
  • celebrating successes (and setbacks!)