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Silver Award

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! 

Before starting work on your Silver Award, 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 Take Action Project, a girl must complete a Cadette Leaderhsip Journey by earning all the awards, including completing a Take Action Project, which will serve as great practice for their Silver Award!

Once you have completed your Journey, your Silver Award requires that you address a root issue of an issues that you're interested in, has an impact outside of the Girl Scout community, and is sustainable.  It is suggested that you spend a minimum of 50 hours on the project (not including the Journey time). Before you begin your project, your troop leader must approve your Take Action project using this online tool:

Please use the following resources to help you with the project:

  • Silver Award Girl Guide (PDF)
  • Silver Award Adult Guide (PDF) (Word)
Council Online Approval Tool
  •  Silver Award Final Report Form  PDF|Word


  • The Silver Award can be earned by any registered Girl Scout Cadette.

General Guidelines

  • 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.
  • A Silver Award should be completed as an individual, or in a small group of two to four people total. If you work in a small group, each of you must be responsible for 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 Girl Scouts of the USA and Council 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.

Completion Procedures

  • You may begin working on the prerequisites as soon as you bridge to or register as a Girl Scout Cadette.
  • The Silver Award Take Action Project is approved by the troop advisor using this tool. 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
  • Complete the Silver Award Report Form after you finish the project (PDF). You must use the current form.  You must complete the Silver Award Take Action Project by September 30 of the year you complete 8th grade and enter 9th grade.
  • Return completed form to any Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Shop to purchase the Girl Scout Silver Award pin. As of March 17, 2015, we will also require you to include a copy of your approval confirmation that is generated from the Online Approval Tool.
  • A list of girls who have completed the requirements for the Silver Award is published in the Girl Scouts Nation's Capital Award Yearbook each spring.  The deadline for submission of forms if a girl wishes to be listed in the yearbook is March 16, 2015.

Click here for the Court of Awards, where you can see the names of girls who have earned the Silver Award.

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