The Congressional Award Program
The Congressional Award program, sponsored by the United States
Congress, honors youth for setting and accomplishing goals in the
areas of voluntary public service, personal development, physical
fitness, and expedition/exploration. This award is given to youth ages
14 to 23 who complete a given number of hours across each area. To
date, over 7.4 million hours of service have been contributed to
communities across the country as a part of the Congressional Award
program and there are currently over 45,000 youth enrolled. Hours
accumulated through Girl Scout Gold Award projects or other Girl Scout
activities can be counted toward a candidate’s goal as long as
activities are in compliance with the award program guidelines.
(Please note that hours accumulated by Girl Scouts prior to
registering for the Congressional Award do not count.) Youth can earn
up to six different honors: Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates and
Bronze, Silver, and Gold medals.
To access the Congressional Award program guidelines and
instructions for logging hours, visit the Congressional Award website.