Earn an Award
Girl Scouts offers awards as a way for girls and volunteers to continue their Girl Scout journey. The Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are the highest honors a Girl Scout may receive. The Product Programs department also offers the Stellar Seller Award for Girl Scouts who exceed the set cookie and fall product goals. Volunteers may also be nominated for an Adult Award, which honors their continued service to the organization.
Deadlines for Bronze, Silver and Gold Award final reports are Feb. 15 for those wishing to participate in the May 1, 2016 Ceremony. Girls who are currently in 5th, 8th and 12th grade have until Sept. 30 to submit their final reports and will be recognized in the 2017 Ceremony.
Types of Awards
ABOUT THE GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD
The Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn. Completion of a Gold Award project means a Girl Scout has left her mark on her community and her world. Gold Award recipients also receive more lifetime benefits than their peers. Details can be found in the Girl Scout Research Institute’s report, Girl Scouting Works: the Alumnae Impact Study (2012).
2016 marks the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts’ highest awards. In 1916, the Golden Eagle of Merit marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing Girl Scouts who made a difference in their communities. The names of the prestigious award have changed, but the meaning of making an impact on the community is the same.
The Gold Award must be earned individually. Refer to the Senior or Ambassador Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting book for the Gold Award requirements. Note: the project proposal must be submitted, an interview completed and approval to proceed received before work on a project can begin.
INTERVIEWS: All Gold Award interviews with the committee will be held at the Girl Scouts’ Nashville Service Center. This committee is comprised mainly of volunteers and a few staff. Typically interviews are hosted once or twice a month and last approximately 30 minutes. Project proposals need to be submitted two (2) weeks prior to the date you wish to schedule your interview. Time slots are scheduled in 30-minute increments and fill quickly; take that into consideration when developing your project’s timeline. Please contact Volunteer Resources at email@example.com to schedule an interview.
New Gold Award Final Report form: starting 2/16/16, there is a new form requesting additional information from Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassador when submitting their Gold Award Take Action Project Final Report. New Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Gold Award Guidelines, Tips and Information Packet can be found on our website starting February 16, 2016 in the ‘Earn An Award’ drop down menu.
Ceremony Deadline: All Gold Award recipients are invited to attend a special council ceremony each spring. The final report deadline is February 15 of the ceremony year. For example, the final report deadline is 2/15/16 for the May 2016 ceremony.
Final Deadline to Earn the Gold Award: Girl Scout Ambassadors have until September 30 of the year they graduate to complete and turn in final paperwork. For example, graduating seniors who are in 12th grade during the 2015-2016 school year have until 9/30/2016 to complete their project AND submit the final report.
Gold Award Online Application Process
- Use the ‘Go Gold Online Application’ link above to go directly to the Gold Award online application.
- There you will find an introduction to the steps involved in the Gold Award Application (proposal) process.
- Scroll down to find the links which will lead to the Gold Award Guidelines; you may download to use it as a working document throughout the Gold Award process.
- Click on the ‘Register Now’ button to begin the application process.
- You can save this document and return to it as you progress. Remember to SAVE IT as you complete each section! When completed, click on ‘Submit.’ The application will be sent for approval to the Highest Awards Committee
The Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. The Silver Award can be earned individually or in groups of four or less (per GSUSA). For detailed information about the Silver Award, please refer to the Cadette Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
New Silver Award approval process: starting 2/16/16, Girl Scout Cadettes may begin using a new pre-approval form to submit their proposed Silver Award Take Action Project. Pre-approval will be required starting 10/1/2016. Final reports received after that date that do not meet GSUSA and GS of Middle TN guidelines will be returned with the pre-approval form for re-submission.
Starting February 16, 2016, the new project proposal approval form, a revised final report for the Silver Award Take Action Project as well as a Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Silver Award Guidelines, Tips and Information Packet will be available.
For More Information, Download:
The Girl Scout Silver Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Cadettes
The Girl Scout Silver Award Adult Volunteer Guides
Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Silver Award Final Report
All Silver Award recipients are invited to attend a special council ceremony in honor of their achievements each spring. The deadline for final reports to be included in the spring ceremony is February 15 of the year they wish to participate. For example, girls wishing to participate in the May 2016 SOLA Ceremony (Saluting Outstanding Leadership Achievements), the deadline for final reports is 2/15/2016.
Girl Scout Cadettes have until September 30 of the year they finish 8th grade to complete and turn in final paperwork. For example, girls who are in 8th grade during the 2015-2016 school year have until 9/30/2016 to complete their project AND submit the final report.
New Bronze Award approval process: effective 2/16/16, Girl Scout Junior leaders may start using a new brief approval form to submit the girls’ Bronze Award Take Action Project. Pre-approval will be required starting 10/1/2016.
There will also be new Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee Bronze Award Guidelines, Tips and Information Packet available for download on our website where the packets and related Bronze Award forms will be available starting on February 16, 2016.
The Stellar Seller Award is awarded to Girl Scouts who sell $1,000 or more in the Fall Product Program, which includes magazines, nuts and candy, or to Girl Scouts who sell 1,000 or more packages of Girl Scout Cookies.
Girl Scouts recognizes the continued support of adult volunteers by offering Adult Awards. Click here for our Adult Awards Booklet which features a complete list of the Adult Awards.
Fillable application and nomination forms (open and then save doc. to desktop and reopen to view it clearly):
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