Girl Scouts Leading the Way

A Force For Good: Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards are the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn. All three awards give girls the chance to do big things in their community while working on an issue that sparked their interest and passion.

Girl Scout Gold Award

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. High school Girl Scouts who earn the Gold Award tackle issues they are passionate about and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. The Gold Award is a key that can open doors to a lifetime of leadership—scholarships, career opportunities and a network of support.

Zoe Knight, a lifelong Girl Scout, pursued the Gold Award so she could empower other high school girls. Zoe decided to tackle the issue of period poverty. To reach her goal, Zoe not only earned her Gold Award, but she also started a nonprofit, Project Wallflower.

Before Zoe’s project, the only access to period products was in the Kirkwood High School nurse’s office. With the school principal and board member’s approval, Zoe built custom feminine hygiene product dispensers and placed them in five restrooms to provide better access. Zoe then advocated to her school nurse, principal, and school district board members to place higher-quality feminine products in the dispensers. Finally, Zoe shared an outline of her project with the other local public schools to improve on their period product system.

“I learned all of these life skills from leadership to stick with something you are passionate about,” said Knight. “I think it’s taught me so much about how to be a strong woman, but at the same time, it’s taught me all of these skills that I am going to use in my future as well.”

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Cadettes, in grades six through eight, flex their leadership muscles by doing research and committing to community issues of their choice to earn the prestigious Girl Scout Silver Award. Through their commitment to their communities, girls gain confidence and skills that will catapult them to success—all while creating positive change.

During 2020, when indoor group activities became limited, Troop 1247 decided to tackle much-needed improvements at a Girl Scout Camp, Camp Tuckaho. Reese, Abby S., Abby W., Lucy, Kathryn, Ann and Bella jumped into action renovating the outdoor theatre area at camp.

These young change-makers started by clearing out the leaves and cleaning up the area of natural debris. They replaced the bench tops and podium with waterproof materials to last for years to come in the harsh outdoor environment. Next, the girls built a bridge over a small creek to provide safe passage and easy access to campers of all ages. To complete their project, they put down new mulch in the theatre and the trail leading to the outdoor space.

“I feel that I was able to learn a lot of things during the time we spent planning, preparing and executing our project while also being able to help my troop, the campgrounds and the many Girl Scouts that will benefit from our project. I am very happy that I was able to accomplish our Silver Award goals with my troop!”

- Bella Cusumano

Girl Scout Bronze Award

By taking action with others to improve their communities, Girl Scout Juniors in grades fourth and fifth, gain important leadership skills and learn that even seemingly small actions can make a big impact.

Girl Scout Junior Troop 440 earned their Bronze Award in 2020 by bringing joy to the elderly in their community during a time of isolation. Serena, SaMya and Kamdyn felt disconnected from their Girl Scout sisters, family members and friends as all their schoolwork and extracurricular activities went virtual.

The girls recognized the impact quarantine had on them and wanted to do their part to make others feel less lonely. These three go-getters decided to spread holiday cheer for the residents and staff at Stonebridge Senior Living and Grand Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

Working together, the Girl Scouts created hundreds of handmade holiday ornaments and notes for the two nursing homes in their community. The girls even recorded themselves singing Christmas carols for the residents to enjoy during their mealtimes. Serena, SaMya and Kamdyn plan to continue their project for future holidays, like Valentine’s Day and Easter.

“My favorite part of earning the Bronze Award was getting to combine being creative with helping others.”

- SaMya Walker