The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest national award that a Girl Scout in grades 6-8 can earn. Interested in learning more about the Girl Scout Silver Award? You've come to the right place!
GSLE stands for the "Girl Scout Leadership Experience," where girls discover, connect and take action to become leaders in their communities. Before starting work on your Silver Award under Pathway GSLE, you must:
To ensure that girls develop the planning, problem solving and critical thinking skills that they will need in order to create and complete a successful Silver Award project, GSCNC strongly recommends that girls follow the steps for each of the sample sessions outlined in the Advisor Guide for their chosen Journey. This includes completing a take-action project, which will serve as great practice for their Silver Award!
While it is possible to work through a Journey in a shorter amount of time, in order to be fully prepared to work on the Silver Award (and eventually the Gold Award), working through all of the sessions is advised.
Once you have completed your Journey, you must engage in a Take Action Project that addresses a root issue that you're interested in, has an impact outside of your immediate community, and is sustainable. It is suggested that you spend a minimum of 50 hours on the project. The 50 hour guideline does not include time spent on your Journey. Your troop leader can approve your Take Action project. You do not need council approval.
To complete your Silver Award using Pathway GSLE, please use the following resources:
- Silver Award Girl Guide (PDF) (Word)
- Silver Award Adult Guide (PDF) (Word)
- Silver Award Final Report Form--Pathway GSLE PDF|Word
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about Pathway GSLE awards.
- The Silver Award can be earned by any registered Girl Scout Cadette.
- The project should meet a need in the community. The project can be someone else's idea, but it must be planned, organized and implemented by you.
- You must plan your project carefully, identifying those whom you will help, those who will help you, and those who will work with you to complete the project.
- You may design and complete a Silver Award project with one or more Girl Scout Cadette partners. Each of you must be responsible for doing one specific piece of the project, and each must spend the full number of required hours on your portion of the project.
- Projects must adhere to all GSUSA and GSCNC standards. You should consult Volunteer Essentials and the Safety Activity Checkpoints. Please remember to pay particular attention to the sections on permission slips, food allergies, and having a first aider present at your event.
- You may begin working on the prerequisites as soon as you bridge to or register as a Girl Scout Cadette.
- The Silver Award project can be approved by the troop advisor. It does not need council approval. However, if a troop advisor has questions about whether a project is appropriate or should be approved, she/he may contact the Teen Program Specialist at email@example.com
- Complete the Silver Award Report Form (PDF). You must use the current form.
- Return completed form to any GSCNC Shop to purchase the Girl Scout Silver Award pin. A list of girls who have completed the requirements for the Silver Award is published in the GSCNC Award Yearbook each spring. The deadline for submission of forms if a girl wishes to be listed in the yearbook is March 15 of each year.
Click here for the Court of Awards, where you can see the names of girls who have earned the Silver Award.