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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 March 15, 2023. Girls who submit after will be included in the 2024 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.

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.

Girl Scouts who will be in grades 7-11 in fall 2022 are eligible to apply to be part of the Girl Scouts of the USA National Girl Advisory Board!

If you or a Girl Scout you know is looking for an opportunity to work with GSUSA in this super unique leadership role check it out! Members of the advisory board work with teams in the national office on projects aligned with our national strategy, including DEI/RJ, older girl engagement, research, marketing, and more. They make recommendations, contribute to key initiatives, influence decision-making at the national office, and gain valuable experience and professional development. Learn More and Apply by February 21.


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  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.