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Girl Scouts earning their Silver Award

Silver Award Girl Scouts

When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.  Download the Silver Award - Girl's Guidelines to find out how.

Girl Scout Silver Award pin

The deadline for 6th grade Cadettes to submit their Silver Award final report and time log is September 30th.

GSMW Silver Award of the Year

Each membership year GSMW will honor one Silver Award project with the GSMW Silver Award of the Year.  A membership year starts on 10/1 and ends on 9/30 of the following year.

Silver Award of the Year FAQs

To be eligible for the GSMW Silver Award of the Year, the following criteria must be met:

  1. A Troop Volunteer or Juliette Mentor must complete the online GSMW Silver Award Training Video scoring a minimum 8/10 on the quiz.
  2. Each girl on the team must be a registered Cadette Girl Scout in 6th, 7th or 8th grade and, have successfully completed the prerequisite Cadette Journey and its Take Action project.
  3. A Troop Volunteer or Juliette Mentor must submit the GSMW Silver Award Approval Request.  Only one form per project is needed.
  4. If the project is not immediately approved by GSMW, the Troop Leader or Juliette Mentor works with the Highest Awards Coordinator to rework the Silver Award project so it meets the Silver Award standards set by GSUSA. This step should be girl-led, meaning that the Troop Volunteer/Juliette Mentor can be the point of contact with the Highest Awards Coordinator, but the project is reworked through girl-led team discussions and ideas.
  5. Each Silver Award team member submits the Silver Award Final Report and Silver Award Time Log by September 30th.
    • To be considered for the Silver Award of the Year, the Silver Award, the prerequisite Journey, project approval and project start date do not have to all occur in one membership year.  The Silver Award process can span over multiple membership years.
  6. The Silver Award team submits a 1-2 minute video describing their project and the impact it has made on their community and themselves.  The video must be submitted by September 30th.
  7. Silver Award teams that have completed steps 1-6 will be considered for nomination and reviewed by a committee.  The Silver Award of the Year will be announced by October 30th.

All criteria listed above for the Silver Award of the Year
must be completed by September 30th

If your Girl Scout team has already started the Silver Award project, the project can be eligible for the GSMW Silver Award of the Year by having Troop Leader/Juliette Mentor complete the online GSMW Silver Award training and Silver Award Quiz, achieving a minimum score of 8/10.  Then complete the GSMW Silver Award Approval Request and the team will have the opportunity to make project adjustments as stated in step 2 above. Then follow steps 5 and 6 as stated above. 

Silver Award Training & Quiz
Submitting Your Silver Award Paperwork
Helpful Resources
Silver Award Project Funding / Grant Sources

Peace First COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant
Across our movement, Girl Scouts are developing highest awards projects to take on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the guidance of their councils, they are leveraging technology and community partners to lead change while practicing safe social distancing. Peace First has launched a grant program to help young people, 13 years or older, address the community impacts of COVID-19. Interested Girl Scouts can apply for mini-grants of up to $250 to help fund their projects, along with other in-kind support. 

Karma for Cara Foundation: Microgrant Program
Karma for Cara Foundation supports young people nationwide in their efforts to contribute to our society and help repair the world through volunteerism and community service. Through the Foundation's Microgrant Program, youth 18 years of age or younger may apply for grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of funded projects include turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, and helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. It is the Foundation's intent that grants support the nuts and bolts of projects so stipends, facility rentals, and transportation costs are not funded. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and the final deadline for 2021 is October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation's website to apply online:


For questions regarding your Silver Award project,
please contact Customer Care

You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if: 

You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)


You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette 


You have completed a Cadette Journey

Girl Scout Silver Award Steps

Identify an issue you care about


Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo


Explore your community


Pick your Silver Award project


Develop your project


Make a plan and put it into motion


Reflect, share your story, and celebrate

To learn more about earning a Highest Award,
please watch our training module below.