Why are journeys prerequisites to earn the Girl Scout Bronze,
Silver, and Gold Awards?
The journeys give girls a full experience of what they will do
as they work to earn the highest 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
In contrast to journey Take Action projects,
which 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.
What are the suggested hours for earning each of the awards?
Not all projects will require the same length of time to
complete from planning to sharing and celebration. 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 suggested minimum number of hours to use as a guide is:
The Bronze Award -- suggested minimum 20 hours
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 small group setting.
The Gold Award
represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting and girls must
earn the Gold Award as an individual.
Can girls begin working on their awards the summer after they
bridge (transition) from one Girl Scout level to the next?
Yes. Girls can begin to earn the awards over the summer.
Can Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold
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."
If a girl starts working on her Take Action project and moves; can
she still earn her award?
Councils and Overseas
Committees are encouraged to be flexible to work and serve the girls’
best interests. If a girl moves, she should work with her council
and/or Overseas Committees to complete the project.
Who are the adult guides for – council staff, parents, or
Any adult is welcome to use the adult guides.
The guides were designed for volunteers working directly with girls on
achieving their awards.
Do we need a different set of requirements for girls with
disabilities to earn the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold
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 — encourage
flexibility and the recruitment of advisors that can work with the
Can a troop or group do their Gold Award together?
Gold Award is an individual girls 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.
Is sustainability differentiated at each grade level?
The guidelines give girls tools to examine the underlying root
cause of issues, develop a sustainable project plan and measure the
impact of their project on their community, the target audience and
themselves. There is progression. While Girl Scout Juniors working on
their Girl Scout Bronze Award will 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.
While Juniors explore an issue that affects their Girl Scout
community, Cadettes create a community map of their neighborhood or
school. Meanwhile Seniors and Ambassadors earning the Gold Award
assess an issue and its effect more broadly by interviewing community
leaders, research using a variety of sources and investigate other
community’s solutions to a similar problem.
Who can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
A girl must be a
registered Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador.
Can individually registered girl members or Juliettes earn
the Girl Scout Gold Award?
Any girl, who meets the
grade-level and membership requirements, can work on her Girl Scout
Does a Senior or Ambassador need to do the two journeys in any
No. She can complete either two Girl
Scout Senior level journeys, two Girl Scout Ambassador level journeys
or one of each.
How can we make sure that Girl Scout Awards represent quality
The best way to make sure that a girl is doing
the best of her ability is to ensure that both she and her project
advisor receive orientation about the award and 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 work with the
girl to ensure that she meets the quality requirements of the award.
What is the difference between a troop/group volunteer and a Girl
Scout Gold Award project advisor in the Girl Scout Gold Award
Process? Do girls need both?
Volunteer is the adult who works with an ongoing troop or group.
Once a girl identifies her issue, the troop/group volunteer might help
her identify a person in the community who could be a great project
A Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor is a
volunteer that guides a girl as she takes her project from the
planning stage to implementation. The project advisor is typically not
a girl’s parent or a Girl Scout troop/group volunteer. The project
advisor is typically someone from the community who is
knowledgeable about the issue and who can provide guidance, experience
and expertise along the way.
Why can’t a parent be a
Girl Scout Gold Award Project Advisor?
encouraged to connect with their community when earning the Girl Scout
Gold Award. That means working with a project advisor who is not her
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?
Some councils have developed Girl Scout Gold Award
Committees to support Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors as they
go through the process of earning their Girl Scout Gold Award. 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
The committee’s role is to ensure that
girls’ projects meet the national guidelines. Generally, the committee
reviews Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposals, makes recommendations
for project development and resources, reads the final report, and
makes a recommendation to the council on whether to approve the
project. In some councils the committee approves the project. If a
girl’s project has not yet achieved its goals, the committee provides
suggestions and tips to help her develop a high quality Gold Award project.
What does it mean to have a sustainable project?
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.
How does a girl measure project impact?
their project goals for their community, target audience and
themselves by developing success indicators using a matrix provided in
Can a girl earn the Girl Scout Gold
Award even if she hasn’t been in Girl Scouts very long?
Yes! She just needs to be a registered Girl Scout Senior or
Ambassador to begin her Gold Award project.
What if a girl is 18 and graduating? Can she 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 graduates and is 18 and doesn’t have her project
In this case the girl would have until
September 30 of the year she graduates.
What if a girl’s project is not completed by the council ceremony
This is up to the girl. She might be recognized for
her work in progress at the Girl Scout Gold Award Ceremony for her
peers, or she can be honored in a separate ceremony or come back for
the council-wide ceremony the next year. If the council has a set time
for honoring Girl Scout Gold Awardees, this should be part of the
orientation to girls planning 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.