Bronze, Silver and Gold FAQs
Why are journeys prerequisites to earn the Awards?
The skills girls gain while working on the journeys will help them develop, plan and implement their award Take Action project.
How do girls know when a journey is completed?
A journey is completed when a girl has earned the journey awards, which include creating and carrying out a Take Action project.
What makes the awards' guidelines different from the journeys?
Journey Take Action projects give girls themes on which to base their journey Take Action project. The Girl Scout Award Take Action projects have no pre-designed theme. Girls select their own theme, design, and execute their Take Action project.
Service vs. Action: What’s the Difference?
Girl Scouts often do both community service and Take Action and higher awards projects. Both kinds of projects help communities in different ways. What’s the difference?
Direct and immediate service changes something right now. Longer-lasting action gets at the root cause of issues.
Community service makes the world better for some people “right now.” For example, collecting cans of food for the local food pantry feeds people “right now.” Gathering toys for a homeless family shelter makes kids happy “right now.” Providing clothing and toiletries to people who have suffered a disaster helps them get through a traumatic event “right now.” These acts of kindness are important ways to help some people—right now.
Take Action projects, along with the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards, address the root cause of an issue, and come up with sustainable, longer-lasting solutions. These projects strive to make the world a better place for more people for a much longer time. Sometimes, service and action just naturally blend together into one sustainable effort. As a Girl Scout, you use both service and action to live out the Girl Scout Law and “make the world a better place!”
What are the suggested hours for earning each of the awards?
The time it takes to earn the awards will depend on the nature of the project, the size of the team, and the support of the community. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours. After the journey(s) requirement is fulfilled, the following is a suggested minimum number of hours:
- The Bronze Award — suggested minimum 20 hours
- The Silver Award — suggested minimum 50 hours
- The Gold Award — suggested minimum 80 hours
Can a troop work on an Award together?
Each award level brings a new progression of leadership development and each award level has different group guidelines. At the Bronze level girls must work together in a team setting. When girls work on their Silver Award, they have the option to work individually or in a group of four or less. The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and girls must earn the Gold Award as an individual.
May girls begin work after they bridge?
Yes. Girls can begin to earn the awards over the summer.
Can Take Action Projects for Awards focus on Girl Scouting?
Final Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Bronze Award may focus on service in support of the Girl Scout movement, while Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Gold Award are expected to reach beyond Girl Scouting to “make the world a better place.” The award progression is planned to offer our younger girls the opportunity to develop their planning and leadership skills within the comfort and familiarity of Girl Scouting if they so choose. As they mature within Girl Scouting, our Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors are ready to move beyond the Girl Scout family to share their leadership skills with the wider community. It is in fully exploring their communities that our older girls exemplify the Girl Scout mission to “Build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.”
Who are the adult guidelines for – council staff, parents, or volunteers?
The guidelines were designed for volunteers working directly with girls on their awards, but any adult is welcome to use them.
Are there requirements for girls with disabilities?
No. The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards are done to the best of a girl’s ability. There is no need to have special requirements for girls with disabilities .
Can a troop or group do their Gold Award together?
The Gold Award is an individual girl’s journey. The Gold Award process requires a girl to take control of her leadership development and grow in new ways that a group setting cannot provide. This is a commitment she makes and completes as an individual.
What does it mean to have a sustainable project?
A sustainable project is one that lasts after the girl’s involvement ends. A focus on education and raising awareness is one way to make sure a project is carried on. Workshops and hands-on learning sessions can inspire others to keep the project going. Another way to create a sustainable project is by collaborating with community groups, civic associations, non-profit agencies, local government, and/or religious organizations to ensure the project lasts beyond the girl’s involvement.
Is sustainability differentiated at each grade level?
There is progression. Girl Scout Juniors work on their Bronze Award and reflect on how the project could be kept going. Girl Scout Cadettes plan for sustainability. Seniors and Ambassadors work to ensure the sustainability of their project in order to meet the Gold Award standards of excellence.
How does a girl measure project impact?
Girls identify their project goals for their community, target audience and themselves by developing success indicators using a matrix provided in the guidelines.
How can we make sure that Girl Scout Awards represent quality projects?
Make sure to understand the difference between a one time community service opportunity or event and a Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Take Action project. It’s the responsibility of the troop/group volunteer, council staff member or Gold Award committee (for Gold Award only) to ensure that girls meet the quality requirements of the award. After reading project orientation, if you are still unsure, contact Jenny Matheny at the Council Office.
Who can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
A girl must be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador.
Can Juliettes earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
Any girl who meets the grade-level and membership requirements can work on her Girl Scout Gold Award.
Does a Senior/Ambassador need to do the two journeys in any particular order?
No. She can complete either two Girl Scout Senior level journeys, two Girl Scout Ambassador level journeys or one of each.
Why can’t a parent be a Girl Scout Gold Award Project Advisor?
Girls are encouraged to connect with their community when earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. That means working with a project advisor who is not her parent.
At what point should a Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor be identified?
The project advisor should be identified in the planning phase before the Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal is turned in to the council. The project advisor expands the network of adults and provides expertise for a girl’s project. If a girl has an idea before she starts any work on her Girl Scout Gold Award, she might want to identify her project advisor from the very beginning.
What is the role of the council’s Girl Scout Gold Award committee?
Girl Scout Gold Award Committees are typically comprised of community members, educators, key volunteers and young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. The Committee works with designated council staff.
Can a girl earn the Gold Award even if she hasn’t been in Scouts very long?
Yes! She just needs to be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador to begin her Gold Award project.
Can a girl complete her project when she is in college?
A girl has until she turns 18 or until the end of the Girl Scout membership year (September 30th) when she is a senior in high school.
What if a girl’s project is not completed by the council ceremony time?
She can be honored in a separate ceremony or come back for the council- wide ceremony the next year. The council has a set time for honoring Girl Scout Gold Awardees, this should be part of the girl’s planning for their Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls and their project advisors are encouraged to work within the council timeline; however, the ceremony time should not dictate whether or not a girl is able to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.