The Girl Scout Silver Award was introduced in
1980 to help girls focus on four areas: skill development, leadership,
service, and career exploration. The roots of the Silver Award are found
in a tradition of leadership awards for Girl Scouts: The Golden Eaglet
of Merit (1916-1919), The Golden Eagle (1919-1938), First Class
(1938-1940), The Curved Bar (1940-1962), First Class (1962-1980).
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in
grades 6-8 can earn and is symbolic of accomplishments in Girl Scouting
and community activities, as a girl becomes her best self and builds
the world around her. The Girl Scout Silver Award project should benefit
a girl's community, which can include her school,
city or town, or a more global community, and can be earned as an
individual or as part of a group of 2-4 girls.
- Community recognition as a leader.
- Helps develop skills for earning the Gold Award and can fulfill a requirement towards working on the Gold Award.
- Younger girls will look up to girls that have earned the Silver Award.
- Make the world a better place.
- Girls are invited to participate in
leadership opportunities such as Keep the Promise-Young Women's Empowerment Summit.
- Girls will be prepared to serve in the capacity of Girl Board Members/Girl Delegates (grades 9-12).
Complete the Silver Award Guidelines located in The Cadette Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting or download the Silver Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Cadettes and download the Girl Scout Silver Award Adult Volunteer Guide.
- Step 1: Complete one Girl Scout Cadette Journey. Girls must complete all of the Journey awards.
- Step 2: Identify an issue.
- Step 3: Build a Girl Scout Silver Award team (two to four girls) or decide if the project will be completed individually. The project needs to make the local neighborhood or community better outside of Girl Scouting.
- Step 4: Explore the community.
- Step 5: Pick your Take Action project.
- Step 6: Develop your project.
- Step 7: Make a plan and put it into motion.
- Step 8: Evaluate and celebrate.
Each girl must submit a Silver Award Report Form.
For more information about the Silver Award, check out Highest Awards in Girl Scouting.
Girl Scout Senior Sierra wanted to live in a safer neighborhood, so she went door-to-door to ask residents about changes they wanted to see in their community to make it a safer place. Then, she took action to make her neighborhood's block watch successful. She contacted the Columbus Police Department's Community Liaison to learn more about creating a block watch. She wanted to make sure the resident's ideas could be heard and acted upon, so she created an email address for them to use to express their concerns. To help build respect between neighbors and for the neighborhood, she created a newsletter with neighborhood activities/clean-up, safety tips, a monthly event calendar, and national awareness highlights such as National Asthma Month. The time and effort Sierra devoted to increasing community cohesiveness enabled her to complete her Girl Scout Silver Award project.