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Highest Awards

highest awards

Every year, the Council recognizes girls who have earned the highest awards: the Gold Award, Silver Award, and our council’s own Silver Trefoil Award.

While girls can earn these awards year-round, to be recognized in our Council’s Awards Yearbook and be invited to In Your Honor, final reports and paperwork must be submitted by mid-March 2021. Girls who submit after will be included in the 2022 award yearbook.

This is also the deadline for high school graduating Gold Award recipients to submit their applications for our Council’s Gold Award Scholarships and the President’s Award.

GSUSA has announced that the deadline for earning the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards has been extended to December 31, 2020. Current eligibility for the extension includes 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts or 8th grade Cadette Girl Scouts who are working toward their Bronze or Silver Award and  12th grade Ambassador Girl Scouts who have an approved proposal and are working toward their Gold Award prior to September 30, 2020. This extension does not apply to Silver Trefoil. Please email silvertrefoil@gscnc.org for more information. 

Did you know that Girl Scouts working on their Gold Award can be eligible to use the Council’s NEW crowd-funding tool! For more information, check out Step 3 of the Girl Scout Gold Award Steps!

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.

All three awards give you the chance to do big things while working on an issue you care about. Whether you want to plant a community garden at your school and inspire others to eat healthy for your Bronze, advocate for animal rights for your Silver, or build a career network that encourages girls to become scientists and engineers for your Gold, you’ll inspire others (and yourself). 


Also a given: as you earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and beyond. The possibilities are endless.

Want to see what Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts have done to earn these important recognitions? For inspiration, check out examples via Girl Scouts of the USA’s Map It: Girls Changing the World.


Ethel G. Harvey President’s Award

The President’s Award in Honor of Ethel G. Harvey is the only Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital honorary award for girls. It is named in honor of Ethel Harvey, Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital President from 1972-1978. The award is unique in that selection is made by girls who choose from among nominees the one they feel best exemplifies the criteria. The award is presented annually at the In Your Honor ceremony.

Criteria for selection: a Girl Scout Junior, Cadette, Senior or Ambassador in Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital who has not received this award. For more information on President’s Award criteria and the nomination process, please review the nomination form.

Nomination form and reference letters must be received either by email to programaa@gscnc.org or mail in the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital DC Office, 4301 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite M-2, Washington, DC 20008 by 5:00 PM on March 15.