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.
After you have completed one Cadette Journey, you ready to begin! First read the Silver Award Information Packet and have your adult volunteers read the Silver Award Adult Volunteer Guide located in the documents section. Then gather your Silver Award team: you can work on the Silver Award with a small group of girls (2-3) or individually. Your family and your troop leaders can be your adult volunteers. You will also need to find a project advisor, who is an expert on your project’s issue or who works for the organization you are serving. Together with your adult volunteers, you can watch the Silver Award Information Session video. If you will need money to do your project, have your adult volunteers read the Financing Your Highest Award Guide for important information and guidelines about fundraising.
Silver Award Projects should make a difference in the community. They should address the problem of your issue, educate and inspire others, advocate for a change, and plan for sustainability. Once you have developed your Silver Award Project idea, submit a Silver Award Project Intent Form to Council for approval. You can email it to Jessie O’Leary or mail it to the Bedford Corporate Office. Once you have approval, you can begin working on your project. Each Cadette Girl Scout in your Silver Award team will need to complete a suggested minimum of 50 hours for the project. Hours can be counted simultaneously for the group. Hours dedicated to fundraising or fundraising purposes cannot count towards the 50 hours of the project.
When you are finished with your project, each girl on the Silver Award Project team should fill out her own Silver Award Final Report. Silver Award Final Reports with any supporting documents and pictures can be emailed to Jessie O’Leary or mailed to the Bedford Corporate Office. Processing and review of paperwork takes approximately two weeks from receipt. Silver Award recipients will be honored at the Young Women of Distinction Ceremony in the fall or spring. If you prefer to be honored, at a local ceremony, please notify Council at least one month in advance. Upon approval of your Silver Award Final Report, troop leaders or family members may purchase your Silver Award pin in the store for your ceremony.