Results tagged “Awards” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

61327p.jpgThe new My Promise, My Faith Pin invites girls in grades K-12 to experience a faith journey through exploration of the Girl Scout Law and teachings from their faith.  

Girls earn the pin by choosing one line from the Girl Scout Law and relating it to their faith through artistic interpretations, inspirational quotes, and discussions with other members of their faith community.  More information about pin requirements can be found in the Girl Guide to Girl Scouting for each age level.

Girls can earn this pin once a year at each grade level. The color of the pin corresponds to Girl Scout grade level color.

Check out Girl Scout Junior awards on our online shop!

Every Girl Scout loves to celebrate her accomplishments, especially when she wins an award. After working hard and achieving a goal, every Girl Scout deserves her moment in the spotlight. For this reason, many troops and service units are currently in the process of planning award ceremonies for the Spring. The council is always happy to provide representatives to speak to the girls and pass out pins or certificates. When planning your ceremonies, please keep in mind Spring is a very busy time of year for Girl Scouts. If you are interested in having someone from the council attend, please contact Mary Anne Brutkiewicz (extension 1202) at least four weeks prior to your event. Congratulations to all girls receiving awards!

Religious awards programs are available to girls via the Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) organization.  Through the P.R.A.Y. award program, each participating Girl Scout will earn the religious emblem for her specific faith and age level. 


The goal of P.R.A.Y., which has programming in place for more than 40 denominations, is to help young people develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. These awards are ordered at (not through Girl Scouts).  To get the age level program overviews along with other helpful information, visit  


Highlights of the program:

  • Includes awards/emblems that are approved for wear on the official uniforms of the Boy Scouts of America & Girl Scouts of the USA.
  • Is an interdenominational resource, which means that all denominations use the standard curriculum.  The curriculum allows each church to introduce the unique characteristics of their denomination.
  • Consists of four different programs based on grade level. 
  • Offers an Adult Mentor component for parents.

The deadline for all these awards is March 1, 2009.

Loucretia Hollingsworth Scholarship for graduating seniors.  This scholarship is based on community service.  $1,000. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

The Ellen Autry Anderson Gold Award Scholarship is for graduating seniors who have completed their Gold Award and is based on academics and service. $500. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

The Blanchard-Hinton Lifetime Membership Award is essay-based and confers lifetime Girl Scout membership to the recipient. Click here for more information (found on our web site under Forms and Resources, click on Girl Awards Forms and Packets.

The deadline for the Mobile training for the Silver, Bronze and Gold awards (to be held on February 10) is tomorrow, January 30.

Program: Junior, Cadette, Senior & Ambassador Girl Scouts
Time: 5:15 - 6 p.m. (Bronze) 6:15 p.m. - 7 p.m.
(Silver) 7:15 - 8 p.m. (Gold)
Place: Earline Locke Volunteer Center, Mobile
Cost: $5
Registration/Cancellation Deadline: January 30, 2009

Mail Registration to: Montgomery Service Center
Contact: Mary Anne Brutkiewicz at 251.344.3330 ext: 1202

Would you like your hard work recognized at this year's Older Girl Recognition Banquet (Saturday March 28 in Montgomery at Troy University)?

February 2 is the deadline for Bronze and Silver Award projects to be turned in, if you would like to be recognized at the banquet.  Girls working on their Gold Awards must submit their final paperwork by February 2, in order to set up an interview.  To attend the banquet, the special event form in Connections is due March 15.

You will need to prepare and turn in a posterboard with photos and information on your project;  the posterboard will be on display at the Banquet for everyone to see!  Let your fellow Girl Scouts be inspired by your accomplishment!

The communities in our council thrive because of committed and talented individuals whose efforts make a difference.  Every year, we honor up to nine women in South Alabama who have distinguished themselves through service and leadership.

These women will exemplify extraordinary civic, professional and/or philanthropic commitment and achievement.  They will be be a role model for girls, demonstrating a commitment to the advocacy for improving the lives of women and/or girls and have demonstrated initiative, integrity and leadership characteristics.  Nominees are not required to have been or currently be a Girl Scout.

We invite you to nominate distinguished women from our communities.  One award will be presented in each of the nine categories at our Women of Distinction Gala in Montgomery on March 10, 2009. 

Please visit our Special Events page to learn more.  Deadline for nominations is November 28, 2008.

Every year, our council is privileged to select a a young woman (ages 14-18) as a Young Woman of Distinction.  Do you know this girl?  She may be in your troop, a friend's troop, or your own daughter! 

This Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout will, through her community involvement and service activities, demonstrate the 3 "Cs" of the Girl Scouting Movement: Courage, Confidence and Character.  She will be honored at our Women of Distinction Gala in Montgomery on March 10, 2009.  Here are the official rules:

????         Nominee must live or work within the geographic boundaries of Girl Scouts of Southern Alabama.

????         Exhibit courage, confidence, and character and make the world a better place.

????         Be between the ages of 14-18.

????         Nominees are required to be a current Girl Scout.

Visit our Special Events page for more information.  Deadline for nominating your Young Woman of Distinction is November 28, 2008. 


Q: What new awards can girls earn with the It's Your World--Change It! journeys?
Girl Scouts at each of the six grade levels have a chance to earn new official awards as they complete steps along the journey. The awards are designed to be worn on the Girl Scout uniform. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, and Cadettes have the chance to earn several badges along the journey. Seniors and Ambassadors can mark the completion of their journey with a pin or badge.

The steps for earning the awards are clearly explained in the "how-to" books for volunteers created for each journey. Girls have information about the awards in their books, too. The journey books for girls and adults also have suggested reflection and ceremony ideas related to earning the awards. The goal is to provide opportunities for girls to fully understand the achievement and growth the awards represent.

Of course, no matter what activities girls do in Girl Scouting, the experience is always best when it incorporates the Girl Scout processes: Girl-Led, Learning by Doing, and Cooperative Learning.

Q: How do the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards fit into the Girl Scout Leadership Experience?
  Girl Scouts of the USA is working to update the requirements for earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards and new guidelines will be available online in spring 2009.  During the transition years (2008-2010), girls may continue earning the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards based on existing standards.

Q: How can Girl Scout councils prepare for the future of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards?
Girl Scout communities eager to begin planning for the updated approach to the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards prior to spring 2009 may note the following:

Grade Levels for Earning the Awards

Bronze Award: Earned by Juniors (4th-5th grade)
Silver Award: Earned by Cadettes (6th-8th grade)
Gold Award: Earned by Seniors or Ambassadors (9th-12th grade)

Anticipated Pre-Requisite Steps

The It's Your World--Change It! journeys have been intentionally designed to engage girls in a critical thinking process related to identifying and researching issues they care about, developing community networks, and creating and implementing plans to take action. Upon completion of the journeys, girls will be prepared to carry out substantial award projects. Based on this, Girl Scouts of the USA anticipates that when girls complete the journeys in this series, they will have completed the prerequisites, at the relevant grade levels, for Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award projects and ultimately earn the awards.

Options for the 2008-2009 Membership Year:

  • Girls may earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Awards following existing guidelines.


  • Girls may complete a journey and, upon release of the new guidelines in spring 2009, begin work toward the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award.

Want to know more?
Read about the leadership journeys here or contact Cheryl Miller at

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