Time needed: 45–60 min
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn. To earn it, you and your team will identify a community issue you care about and research it to understand the cause and then come up with a solution and work with your community to make a plan that brings the solution to life and lasts beyond your involvement.
For example, you might live near an ocean and notice there’s a lot of trash on the beach. You connect with local ocean-based organizations to learn about what they’ve noticed and why. With your team, you decide that a major cause of the issue is a lack of trash and recycling cans. So your team goes to your city council and advocates for more trash cans on the beach. The city supports putting up more trash cans along the beach, and you get support from rangers to empty and maintain the cans. To celebrate, you host an ocean cleanup day for your community, where people collect trash and pledge to always use trashcans.
Before you start, be sure to complete a Cadette Journey and its associated Take Action project (step 1). You can also start an issue chart (step 2) that will help direct your community map.
For this activity, you’ll make a map that helps you identify issues in your community and resources that might help. Here’s how:
Make a contact list of who to discuss further research issues with that you’re interested in. Then as an individual or small group from your troop, choose a project based on what matters most to you or where you think you can realistically create some positive change?
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.
Adapted from Step 4 of the Silver Award guidelines. Download the guidelines and connect with your local council to learn any additional requirements and support it offers.