The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. It is indicative of your commitment to the Girl Scout movement and to your community. Here are some things to keep in mind before you begin the process:
All requirements, including the project itself and all paperwork must be completed and turned in to Council by September 30th of the beginning of the girl's 9th grade school year.
- A girl must be 11 years old or completed 5th grade to begin working on the Silver Award.
- Girls may work on the Silver Award as a single Girl Scout or in a group of 4 Girl Scouts or fewer.
- If the project is done as a group, each girl must complete a minimum of 50 hours and be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate her own unique contribution to the project and group.
- Girls may not begin their Silver Award project until the Journey has been completed.
- The following must be submitted to Council once the project is completed for Council approval and pin purchase:
»One Troop/Group Pin Purchase form per troop
»One Girl Scout Silver Award Report Form per girl
»One Project Log per girl
- Allow at least 10-15 business days for processing before receiving your signed Pin Purchase Form, congratulatory letters and certificates. Allow for more time during the months of April, May, June, and September.
- You must show the authorized Pin Purchase Form at any of the GSHNJ Council Shops to purchase the Girl Scout Silver Award Pin.
Girl Scout Silver Award
Since our guidelines have recently changed, it’s imperative that you read the Silver Award Girl Guidelines
Step 1: Go on a Cadette Journey
» Complete a Journey of the girl's choice
» The Journey can be completed individually or as a group
» The Take Action Project at the end of the Journey must be completed prior to starting the Silver Award Project
- There are no hour guidelines for this project
- This project can be completed as a group or individually
- This is NOT the Silver Award project
Step 2: Identify Issues You Care About
» Start thinking about the Silver Award Project
» Have the girls ask themselves what matters to them
» Have them draw connections about these issues and the issues in their community
Step 3: Build your Girl Scout Silver Award Team
» Small team model: Four girls or fewer. The girls you work with can be Girl Scouts, non-Girl Scouts, or a combination of both. If the other Girl Scout Cadettes on your team also wish to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, each girl must play an active role in choosing, planning, and developing the team's project.
» Solo model: Girls can create and implement a project on their own. However, if they choose the solo option, they will still need to partner with others in their community (friends, neighbors, and business owners) in order to earn their award.
Step 4: Explore Your Community
» Silver Award must be done outside the Girl Scout Community.
» Have the girls start by talking to people they know, such as neighbors or teachers, and then have the girls ask those people to introduce them to other people in their community, such as business owners, school officials, religious leaders, council members, police officers, and staff at community centers.
» Get in-depth information about community issues. As the girls conduct interviews, they'll improve their communication skills and begin to see how their time and talents can make an impact. They will also build a network of contacts they may need when they do their project.
Step 5: Pick Your Take Action Project
» Have the girls brainstorm with their team and select a project that they are passionate about that would meet a need in the community.
» See pages 7-8 of the Girl Guidelines for more information on choosing a topic.
» Things to remember:
- You cannot raise money for another Organization
See the “About Money & Your Project” Handout
- You may hold a fundraiser to help support your project (i.e. a car wash to purchase the soil and flowers for a garden). Any time spent fundraising does not count towards the 50 project hours.
- Any prior established program (such as a Camporee or SU event) would not fulfill the Silver Award requirements.
- Girl Scouts does not take a stance on some controversial issues. Therefore, a girl’s project cannot support a controversial issue. If the girls have a project idea and are unsure about if it hits on a sensitive issue, contact Sue DeCarlo at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 6: Develop Your Project
» Do the girls need to gather more information before developing their plan?
» Have the girls develop their project in a way so that it keeps going on after once they step out of the picture.
» Think about a Global connection: Can the girls share their plan with other communities?
» See pages 8-11 of the Girl Guidelines for more helpful information.
Step 7: Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion
» Once the girls have chosen a topic, have them plan the steps involved.
» Have the girls assign themselves specific tasks; each girl must make her own unique leadership contribution to the project.
» Each girl must complete 50 project hours.
Step 8: Reflect, Share Your Story, and Celebrate
Once the girls’ project is completed, the girl(s) should take some time to think about what they did, who they impacted and what they accomplished. Have the girls share their story by presenting to younger troops, submitting an article to the newspaper, etc.
Step 9: Achievement and Council Recognition
The Silver Award Report Form, Project Log and Pin Purchase Form must be completed, signed and sent to the East Service Center for approval. Please do not fax or e-mail. Send to:
Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey
120 Valley Road
Montclair, NJ 07042
Attn: Silver Award
Questions? Contact Sue DeCarlo, email@example.com