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About Earned Awards

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is a leadership adventure and the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As you and your team plan and complete your project, you'll develop more confidence, meet new people, and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference.

Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community.

 By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award you will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts and therefore is a commitment you make and complete as an individual.

Read interviews with
recent Gold Awardees:

Morgan Alford
Revitalizing Taylor Park
Community Center

Bailey Sawyer
Promoting Theatre Arts
to Middle and High School Students

Adrienne Spivey
Understanding the Early Stages
of Alzheimers for Kids

Ann Claire Carnahan
Keep Mobile Beautiful in Touch

Madeleine O'Mara
Establishing a Recycling Program
for High School Students

Stephanie Schisler
Founding a School Library

Elizabeth Schloss
Tutoring Program for ESL

Madison Darling
Communications between
Parents and Teens

Maddie Tomaso
Teen Literacy Council

 

 

 

Girl Scout Earned Awards & Recognitions

Click on a link below for information on that program:

Council Patch Program
  Service Bars
  Bronze Award Information
  Silver Award Information
  Gold Award Information
  President's Volunteer Service Award
  Scholarships
  National Lifesaving Awards

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Have Questions About Earned Awards?

Contact Cheryl Miller at cmiller@girlscoutssa.org
or
Jeannie Napper at
jnapper@girlscoutssa.org

GSSA Earned Patches

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GSSA Council's Own Patch Program Book

 

We have many patches that were developed by troops in our council! Check out our Patch Book to see the requirements for each.

 

 

 

Service Bars
 
Service Bar Report Form

gssa patches Community Service Bars can be earned by Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This bar recognizes at least 20 hours of service to an organization outside of Girl Scouting.

Specific requirements can be found in your Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

Council approval is needed prior to beginning work with an organization for the Community Service Bar. Email Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org for approval.

 

gssa patches Service to Girl Scouting Bars can be earned by Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors. This bar recognizes at least 20 hours of service to Girl Scouting, such as helping with a younger Troop, volunteering at a Council event or Service Unit Camporee.

Specific requirements can be found in your Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.

Questions? Contact Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org.

 

 

Girl Scout Bronze Award

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Bronze Award Guidelines for Junior Girl Scouts     

Bronze Award Adult Guide

 

Let’s Get Started!
Girls must be in 4th or 5th grade and be a registered Girl Scout Junior. The deadline for Bronze Award final reports is September 30 as girls enter 6th grade.

  • Complete a Junior Journey and Journey Project.
  • The troop leader should submit one Bronze Award Notification Form for the troop.
  • Complete the Bronze Award Take Action Project.
    • The Bronze Award Project can benefit Girl Scouts or the community.
    • The Bronze Award Project must be done with a troop or other group.
    • The suggested time to complete the project is 20 hours per girl.
    • Do you have sponsors? Use this form so expectations are understood.
    • Fundraisers may be held to support your project, and all fundraisers must be approved by the council in advance. See the Money Earning Application form for more information.
    • Girl Scouts cannot raise money to be donated to another organization.
  • Each girl must submit the Bronze Award Report Form with the project log. Questions must be answered by each girl in her own words and in her own handwriting. Typed forms will not be accepted.

All forms should be submitted to the Mobile Service Center. Forms may be faxed, emailed, mailed, or dropped off at either office.

Final reports are reviewed by council staff. The troop leader will be notified when the project has been reviewed and pins may be purchased. The council will provide a certificate for each girl.

For more information about the Girl Scout Bronze Award, contact Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org.

 

Girl Scout Silver Award

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Silver Award Guidelines for Cadette Girl Scouts

Silver Award Adult Guide

 

Let’s Get Started!
Girls must be in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade, and be a registered Girl Scout Cadette. The deadline for Silver Award final reports is September 30 as girls enter 9th grade.

  • Complete a Cadette Journey and Journey Project before beginning the Silver Award Project.
  • Each girl should submit her own Silver Award Notification Form to the council.
  • Complete the Silver Award Take Action Project.
    • The Silver Award Project cannot benefit Girl Scouts, it must benefit the community.
    • The Silver Award Project can be done with a troop or group, or alone.
    • The suggested minimum time for completing the project is 50 hours per girl.
    • Do you have sponsors? Use this form so expectations are understood.
    • Fundraisers may be held to support your project, and all fundraisers must be approved by the council in advance. See the Money Earning Application form for more information.
    • Girl Scouts cannot raise money to be donated to another organization.
  • Each girl must submit the Silver Award Report Form with the project log. Questions must be answered by each girl in her own words and in her own handwriting. Typed forms will not be accepted.

All forms should be submitted to the Mobile Service Center. Forms may be faxed, emailed, mailed, or dropped off at either office.

Final Reports are reviewed by council staff. The troop leader will be notified when the project is approved and pins may be purchased. The council will provide a certificate for each girl, available when needed. Certificates will be requested from the Governor and the Secretary of State for each girl, ordered in May and in October. Final reports received after May 1 or October 1 will be held for the next batch order.

For more information about the Girl Scout Silver Award, contact Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org.

 

Girl Scout Gold Award

 

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Gold Award Guidelines for Senior, Ambassador Girl Scouts

Gold Award Adult Guide 

 

Let’s Get Started!
Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, and be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador. The Girl Scout Gold Award must be earned as an individual. The project may not benefit Girl Scouts, but must benefit the community.

Gold Award Deadlines and Due Dates
Girls in 9th-11th grades may submit Proposals or Final Reports quarterly on or before March 30, June 30, September 30, and December 30. Paperwork that arrives after these dates will be held to the next quarter. Interviews with the Gold Award Committee will be scheduled as soon as the committee members’ schedules allow.

Girls in 12th grade have a deadline of April 30 to submit Proposals and July 30 to submit Final Reports. Interviews for graduating seniors will be scheduled as needed to meet their time constraints. Projects must be completed and approved by September 30 after graduation to qualify for a Gold Award.

Suggested Timeline for Earning the Gold Award:
Journey(s) – summer after 8th grade through 9th grade
Gold Award Training – 8th or 9th grade
Steps 4-8 – 10th-11th grade

These first three steps can be completed in any order, before beginning step 4

  • Attend a Gold Award Training Workshop, or contact awards@girlscoutssa.org for one-on-one training (awarrd training is required!)

  • Complete 2 Senior or Ambassador Journeys or 1 Journey + Silver Award. Cadette Journeys cannot be used for the Gold Award
  • Submit “What Do You Think?” Idea Form to council (suggested, but not required).  This form is for you to use to try out an idea. You can email us an idea, before you spend time researching all the details. Send more than one if you want! This is not your formal proposal.

Steps four through eight must be completed in order:

Step 4: Submit Your Proposal

  • Submit Proposal Form to council by email to awards@girlscoutssa.org. Later, a copy with signatures will be required.
  • Your Proposal will be reviewed by GS staff for accuracy, then forwarded to the Gold Award Committee.
  • The Gold Award Committee will review your Proposal, and you will receive feedback on recommended changes, if any.

Step 5: Interview with Gold Award Committee

  • Your interview will be scheduled after your Proposal has been reviewed by the committee, and recommended changes have been made.
  • You will receive an approval or request for revision from the committee as soon as possible after your interview. You will have the opportunity to respond to the committee’s comments by email if needed.

Step 6: Implement Your Project

  • Once the committee has approved your Proposal, you may begin your project. Do not begin until you receive written approval from the committee!
  • As the project progresses, submit any major changes to the committee for approval.
  • Use these forms to keep track of your time, income and expenses, and impact.
  • Do you have sponsors? Use this form so expectations are understood.
  • Fundraisers may be held to support your project, and all fundraisers must be approved by the council in advance. See the Money Earning Application form for more information.
  • Remember to take photos of your process -- they will help to visually "explain" your project

Step 7: Submit Final Report and Other Documentation

  • When the project is complete, submit your Final Report and other requested documentation by email. Use this Gold Award Final Checklist to be sure all documentation is submitted.
  • Your Final Report will be reviewed by the Gold Award Committee, and you will receive feedback about recommended changes, if any.

Step 8: Final Interview with Gold Award Committee

  • Your interview will be scheduled after your Final Report has been reviewed by the committee, and recommended changes have been made.
  • You will receive an approval or request for revision from the committee as soon as possible after your interview. You will have the opportunity to respond to the committee’s comments by email if needed.

For more information about the Girl Scout Gold Award, contact Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org.

President’s Volunteer Service Award
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime. Refer to the President’s Volunteer Service Award website for more information. Submit the GSSA President’s Volunteer Service Award Application Form to the council to apply for this award. Awards are ordered twice yearly, in May and October. Applications received after May 1 or October 1 will be held for the next batch order.

Scholarships
Our council is fortunate to have two scholarships for Girl Scouts who are graduating from high school. Application deadline for all scholarships is March 1 of the graduating year.

Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship places an emphasis on community service.

Ellen Autrey Anderson Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship is open to Girl Scouts who have completed a Gold Award.

The Lifetime Membership Award grants a lifetime membership in Girl Scouts, so you may enjoy alumnae benefits for the rest of your life, no matter where you live. (Deadline for 2014 is March 15.)

 

National Lifesaving Awards
The 1913 handbook, How Girls Can Help Their Country, lists two medals girls could earn for meritorious deeds related to saving a life.

Today, girls continue to earn Lifesaving Awards: the Bronze Cross, given for saving life or attempting to save life with risk to the candidate’s own life; and the Medal of Honor, given for saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.

Click here for the application. The application must be downloaded with 60 days of the lifesaving incident. Applications must be approved by the council and submitted to GSUSA no later than 6 months after the lifesaving incident.

 

Do You Have Questions About Any Award?
Please contact Jeannie Napper at jnapper@girlscoutssa.org or Cheryl Miller at cmiller@girlscoutssa.org for assistance.

 

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