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Girl Scout Silver Awards

Silver Award Girl Scouts

Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to do big things and make your community better in the process. Download the Silver Award guidelines to find out how.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 

You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 


You have completed a Cadette Journey


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


Reaching your Goals

Silver 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 Silver Award.

Identify an issue you care about.  Brainstorm topics you are most passionate about and identify issues related to them.

Build your team. You can earn the Silver Award individually or with a team of 3-4 girls. Gather a group of supporters who believe in making a difference and can help you along the way.

Explore your community. 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 on your team 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 Silver Award Guidelines for more details and access the GSEMA Silver Award Orientation in gsLearn.

Project Plan Approval

Once you have 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 project will be pre-approved for the Silver 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 submission. GSEMA’s Program Team will respond within 7-10 business days.

Final Report

Upon completion of your project, submit your Silver Award Final Report. The Silver Award Final Report is for the Silver Award team to complete together. Only one is necessary to complete per project. This final report can also be used for Girl Scouts who led an individual project. 

Complete the online Silver Award Final Report. Once submitted, you 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 Silver Award certificates for each girl
  • authorization to purchase the Silver Award at any Girl Scout shop