Girl Scouting invests in girls in so many ways, but, by far, one of our most popular and cherished is our Awards program. Through the program, girls use their creativity, talent and compassion to reach out to others in need, both locally and globally.
The Girl Scouts Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards are the currency of this investment, representing their chance to make a difference for people in areas, including social services, healthcare, education and any number of other arenas.
These awards are the highest honors Girl Scouts can receive, but just by working toward one of these awards is often rewarding enough. Girls can begin to know themselves better and realize what they are capable of doing, explore the world and connect with others and their community on deeper levels, and, ultimately, bring hope where often there is none.
Past honorees have created a poetry workshop for younger students, organized a Christmas party for a homeless shelter and created a music clinic for elementary students just to name a few!
Why do a Gold Award? Watch the Gold Award Manifesto!
The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916-1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an “all-around” person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one.
Did You Know?
A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award automatically rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.
For more information about Girl Scout Awards, please contact Janelle Harkness at 808.380.4436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.