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The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Cadette can earn. This award represents your commitment to making a difference in your community. It offers you a unique opportunity to affect powerful, positive change AND, by choosing to take this step and by being an active member of your community, you are saying “ I CAN make a difference.”
Most importantly you choose a project that interests you. Where is your passion? What do you want to say? What will be your legacy to your community? Past Silver projects have increased environmental awareness and provided healthy after school alternatives for local youth. The choices are only limited by your imagination and determination.
Listen to the Recognitions for Girls Webinar.
After watching a video in science class on the waste that bottled water produces, Karina decided she wanted to encourage more recycling in her community. Through presentations for students and school staff as well as her community members, Karina was able to place recycling bins around her school. Karina with the help of anonymous funders, was able to create a program in which reusable stainless steel water bottles could be purchased by staff and students at a price lower than the cost of a single plastic bottle of water from a vending machine.
While in 5th grade, Holly began to notice how different her friend communicated via email than they did in person. After hearing several stories of teen suicide as the result of cyber bullying, Holly decided to use her Silver Award project as a means to educate her peers on the dangers of the internet and cyber bullying. Working with an after school program for elementary school kids, she developed and implemented an internet safety and cyber bullying program for elementary school kids. The After school program has now incorporated her program into their curriculum for the 2011-2012 school year and beyond.
Anna and Aidan noticed that many of their classmates didn't have the money to purchase new clothing for the for the upcoming school year. Partnering with the local Outreach Coordinator, they created Dress 4 School Success program which collected new or gently used children’s clothing and distributed them through a boutique they created at Hobbs House. Children in need receive an invitation to come and “shop” for several outfits to start their school year off. Dress 4 School Success has helped more than 80 kids in their town since August 2011 and has filed for non-profit status with the State of New Hampshire. Visit their website here.