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About Silver Award

Silver Award

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Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to do big things and make your community better in the process.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 

You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)


You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 


You have completed a Cadette Journey (Earning all awards, including the Take Action project)


After you have completed the Council online approval tool, work with your troop leader to receive final approval on your project idea 


Girl Scout Silver Award Steps

Identify an issue you care about

  • Look around your community to find a problem you want to solve! 
  • You may begin working on the Silver Award prerequisites as soon as you bridge to or register as a Girl Scout Cadette.



Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo

  • Pick up to three team members who have the same goals as you.
  • Every member of the team needs to be able to contribute about 50 hours.



Explore your community

  • Locate and contact an organization in your community that is connected to the topic of your project
  • Ask an adult at that organization to be your project advisor (it’s great practice for the Gold Award!)



Pick your Silver Award project

  • Complete the Council Online Approval Tool and work with your troop advisor to get the final approval to begin your project. 
  • Keep a copy of your approval page, you’ll need it later!



Develop your project

  • Work with the organization in your community to design a project that will solve the problem you chose.



Make a plan and put it into motion

  • Write your plan down and use your teamwork skills to give every team member a role and responsibilities.



Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

  • Now that you have completed your project, fill out your Silver Award Final Report (Word) | (PDF) and attach your printed approval page from Step Four and submit it to your leader.
  • This form must be turned in to your troop advisor by September 30th of the year you complete 8th grade and enter 9th grade.

Congratulations, you have completed your Silver Award!

Use the following resources to help you with the project:

Silver Award Final Report (Word) | (PDF)


Completion Procedures for Cadette Troop Advisors
Step 1

The Silver Award Take Action Project is approved by the troop advisor using the girl’s printed approval page from the Council Online Approval Tool. It does not need Council staff approval.

Step 2

If a troop advisor has questions about approval, he/she can contact the Teen Program Specialist for assistance at

Step 3

Return the girl’s completed Silver Award Final Report form with their printed Online Approval Tool attached to any Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Shop. Please make sure you and the girl keep a copy for your records.

Step 4

The Shop staff will take the completed form and you will be able to purchase the Girl Scout Silver Award pin and other Silver Award recognition items.

Step 5

Girls must complete the Silver Award project and fill out the Silver Award Final Report Form by September 30th of the year she completes 8th grade and enters 9th grade.

Step 6

Silver Award Girl Scouts are recognized in the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Award Yearbook each spring. To be listed in the Award Yearbook, troop advisors should submit Silver Award forms to any Girl Scout Shop by March 15th



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Silver Award Final Report (Word) | (PDF)