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Program Grade Levels (8)

Teen Mentoring Awards

When Girl Scouts guide younger girls or teach them something that they know, they are acting as a mentor. There are many opportunities for Girl Scout Cadettes, Senors and Ambassadors to help younger Girl Scouts by sharing their skills, passion and experience.


Cadette Program Aide

The Cadette Program Aide training is designed to foster the development of basic leadership skills and gives girls a basis for working with younger girls. Topics include basic understanding of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, Journey program, activity ideas and how to create high quality experience. Additionally, participants will learn about the developmental characteristics of younger girls, group dynamics and safety.

Requirements to earn the Cadette Program Aide Award:

  • Earn a Leader in Action (LiA) award
  • Complete council-designed leadership training. Part of the leadership course training will involve learning to work with children, and gaining a deeper understanding of a specialty such as science, art, the outdoors, or adapting activities for girls with disabilities.
  • Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. This might be assisting girls on Journey activities (in addition to what you did for your Lia), badge activities, or other sessions. Or work with a group, at a meeting, day camp, or during a special council event.


Leader in Action

A Leader in Action (LiA) award can be earned by assisting a Girl Scout Brownie group on any of their National Leadership Journeys. There are three different LiA awards, one for each of the Journey series: It’s Your World -- Change It!, It’s Your Planet -- Love It!, and It’s Your Story --Tell It!
To earn an LiA Award, complete the following steps:

  • Share organization skills.
  • Share special talents.
  • Teach Brownies something important from their journey.
  • Reflect on the experience.


Counselor-in-Training I 

Counselor-in-Training I (CIT’s) mentor younger girls in a camp setting as skills are built toward becoming a camp counselor.
To earn this award complete the following steps:

  • Complete a council-designed leadership training course on outdoor experiences.
  • Work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.


Counselor-in-Training II

Girl Scout Seniors or Ambassadors interested in mentoring younger girls in a specific area of camp, as they build skills towards becoming camp counselors should consider pursuing this award.

To earn this award complete the following steps:

  • Earn the Counselor-in-Training I Award.
  • Work with younger girls over the course of at least one camp session while focused on increasing skills in one specific area-such as riding instruction, lifeguarding or the arts.


Volunteer-in-Training

The newly named Volunteer-inTraining award replaces the Leader in Training award and is earned by Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience.

To earn this award complete the following steps:

  • Completed ninth grade.
  • Design and implement a project that spans over a three-to-six month period.
  • Find a mentor volunteer who is currently volunteering with a Girl Scout troop or group.
  • Complete the council-designed leadership course.
  • Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions.
  • Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities.

Colleges and universities recognize the merits of the Girl Scout experience by making scholarships and grants available to Girl Scouts and recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls seeking scholarships should contact their high school guidance counselor or the financial aid office at the school they wish to attend for information on any scholarships that might be available to Girl Scouts.

Visit the GSUSA website to search for the Gold Award scholarships in your area.

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Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, caring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.

Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) and Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11-12) earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. A teen Girl Scout gets to practice the leadership skills she's acquired in a real-life environment by taking advantage of unique opportunities at the local, national and global level. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! Adults serve in an advisory role and ensure that girls abide by the health and safety guidelines written in the Safety Activity Checkpoints. 

A teen Girl Scout's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It!


Girl Scout Seniors

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GIRLtopia

This journey gives Girl Scout Seniors a chance to imagine a perfect world - for girls. They're invited to create their vision as an art project in any medium of their choice. Then they'll take action to make their vision a reality.

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On this journey, Girl Scout Seniors get down to the roots of their food network to see how complex and how global food and land issues can be. They'll meet scientists, farmers, artists, and others who have plenty of knowledge to serve up. This journey will also have girls asking tough questions about their own "food print" as they develop "leader print" and speak up about what they believe in.


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Through Mission: Sisterhood! Girl Scout Seniors see the stories of sisterhood all around them and grow as leaders by widening their networks and broadening their world.

Girl Scout Ambassadors

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Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy

This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll learn such key skills as networking, planning, and speaking up for what they believe.


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In Justice, Girl Scout Ambassadors tackle the engaging global issue of environmental justice by learning to create their own equation for justice. From scientists and doctors to lawyers and environmentalists, this journey is rich with eye-opening career possibilities - all focused on caring and collaborative work that helps both people and the planet.

GSAmbassadors

 

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Girl Scout Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.

 

 

 

GSUSA GOLD awardGirl Scout Gold Award 

The Highest Honor a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Can Achieve

Since 1916 Girl Scouts highest and most prestigious award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of individual Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Gold Award distinction is recognized by a number of colleges with scholarship opportunities and by an immediate rise of one rank in the US military branches.

As a Girl Scout you are part of a sisterhood, a global movement that comprises more than ten million girls worldwide who are using their talents to positively impact their communities. With your talent and passion you too can make changes in your community that can reach people around the world.

The Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project is designed to be accomplished during the high school years and must be completed and approved by a volunteer committee by September 30, following your high school graduation.  This project must be proposed and approved by a committee prior to beginning work.

Prerequisites:

  • Be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador 9th 10th 11th and 12th grades.
  • The completion of two Senior or Ambassador journeys earning the Journey Awards including the Journey Take Action Project or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey .


Overview of the Girl Scout Gold Award Process:

  • Choose an issue. Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.
  • Investigate. Research everything you can about the issue.
  • Get Help. Invite others to support and take action with you.
  • Create a Plan. Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measureable impact.
  • Present Your Plan and Get Feedback. Propose and receive approval for your project plan from the Girl Scout Gold and Silver Awards Committee.
  • Take Action. Take the lead to carry out your plan.
  • Educate and Inspire. Share what you have experienced with others.

Find the Overview, Girl and Adult Guides, and helpful hand-outs on the Highest Awards webpage.


Girl Scout Gold Award App

The Gold Award App is a digital resource that a girl can use to:

  • Organize and manage her project
  • Make the process more fun
  • Will have everything she needs in one spot
  • Be able to contact the Awards Committee
  • Create and track her progress on her timeline
  • Monitor her budget
  • Submit final report 

 

Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance 

The Gold Award Alliance represents an elite group of women who have achieved the highest award in Girl Scouts since 1916This directory will feature inspirational stories about these exceptional women, all of whom embody the Girl Scout spirit of independence and leadership and have left behind a lasting legacy in their communities.

  • Join your fellow Gold Award Alliance recipients by participating in the first-ever Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance Directory.
  • Share your community success and inspire others.
  • Confirm your listing with our trusted partner, Harris Connect, an industry leader in publishing alumnae directories. Harris Connect is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring the integrity of the information collected, which is reflected in their privacy policy.
  • This project is being put together by Harris Connect at no cost to Girl Scouts. It is funded exclusively by sales of the book to Gold Award Alliance recipients.

In addition to the directory, a new Girl Scout Gold Award Alliance pin is being created that can be purchased individually or in combination with either the print or CD-ROM edition of the directory

 

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Talk to Us!
Here's your chance to voice your opinion about teen programs. What should we change? What's missing? How do you want to get involved? Tell us!

Looking for more to do?

Don’t forget to check out the GSGST IN MOTION Program Guide

Girl Scouts' Highest Awards
Leadership Opportunities

Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, carring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.

Girl Scout Cadettes (grades 6-8) earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! A Girl Scout Cadette's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It! 

 

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aMAZE
Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace.

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Breathe
Air is everywhere in this journey for Girl Scout Cadettes. As the girls explore the air all around them, they'll learn a lot of air-clearing strategies, including how to turn down the volume! That means they'll be improving their personal air space - and finding the breathing room so necessary to be leaders who make the most of their special flair! Girl Scout Cadettes will also meet scientists, engineers, writers, and artists - all of them working for Earth's air!

 

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MEdia
Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media—for themselves, their community and the world.

 

 

 

 

 GSUSA SILVER AWARD STARBURSTGirl Scout Silver Award 

The Highest Honor a Girl Scout Cadette Can Achieve
Welcome to the Girl Scout Silver Award your leadership adventure where you will earn the highest honor a Girl Scout Cadette can achieve. You may decide to work as a small team or solo to better your community and the lives of others by completing a Girl Scout Silver Take Action Project. The Silver Award is designed to give you a chance to show that you are a leader who is organized determined and dedicated to improving your community.
This award is designed to be accomplished during 6th, 7th, and 8th grades and must be completed by the September 30th directly after you have graduated from 8th grade

Prerequisites :

  • Be a registered Girl Scout Cadette 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.
  • The completion of one Cadette Journey Book earning the Journey Awards including the Journey Take Action Project.


An Overview to the Girl Scout Silver Award Steps: 

  • Build your Girl Scout Cadette team
  • Explore your community
  • Choose your Girl Scout Silver Award Take Action Project
  • Make a plan
  • Put your plan in motion
  • Spread the word


Important Information

  • The Silver Award Take Action Project is a suggested minimum of 50 hours and should reach beyond the Girl Scout community. The project should be done by an individual girl or a small group no more than 4 girls. Each girl in the group should put in at least 50 hours on the project.
  • After completing her project, each girl must submit a Project Report.
  • Please use the Girl Scout Silver Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Cadettes to ensure all key components and guidelines of a Silver Award Take Action Project are met.

Find the guides, report form, and useful information for girls working toward the Silver Award and adults providing guidance on the Highest Awards webpage.

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Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, carring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.


Girl Scout Juniors (grades 4-5) earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! A Girl Scout Junior's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It! 


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Agent of Change
Power! In this journey, there's a whole spiral of it waiting for Girl Scout Juniors. This powerful journey is filled with ceremonies and circles, real-life heroines and special new characters, including the fashion-savvy spider named Dez. Along the way, girls learn how their own power combines into team power and then moves out to become community power.

 

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Girl Scout Juniors become leaders who energize, investigate, and innovate as they explore their own energy, the energy of their places and spaces, and the energy of getting from here to there. Along the way, Dez, the fashionista spider, learns right along with girls. Girl Scout Juniors will also meet energizing artists, cooks, engineers, and architects as they Get Moving to get others moving, too.


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Whether they want to fly a plane, lead a rock band or win a gold medal, aMUSE helps Girl Scout Juniors take center stage and try out more roles than they ever thought possible, with a little help from Dez and the Muses. As they find out there is more to their story, girls may feel stronger, walk taller and gain confidence!

 

 

Girl Scout Bronze Award

The Highest Honor a Girl Scout Junior Can Achieve
Welcome to the Girl Scout Bronze Award, your leadership adventure where you earn the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. As you and your Girl Scout Troop or team plan and complete your Take Action Project, you will develop more confidence, meet new people and have the kind of fun that happens when you work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference in the world.
This award is designed to be accomplished during 4th and 5th grades and must be completed by the September 30th directly after you have graduated from 5th grade

Prerequisites:

  • Be a registered Girl Scout Junior 4th or 5th grade.
  • The completion of one Junior Journey Book, earning the Journey Awards, including the Journey Take Action Project.


An Overview to the Girl Scout Bronze Award Steps:

  • Build your Girl Scout Junior team
  • Explore your community
  • Choose your Girl Scout Bronze Award Take Action Project
  • Make a plan
  • Put your plan in motion
  • Spread the word

Important Information

  • The Bronze Award Take Action Project should be a minimum of 20 hours per Girl Scout.
  • Bronze Award projects do not require pre-approval from Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas.
  • Please use the Girl Scout Bronze Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Juniors to ensure all key components and guidelines of a Bronze Award Take Action Project is met.


Girl Scout Bronze Award GuidelinesFor girls | For adults

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Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, carring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.

 

 

Girl Scout Brownies (grades 2-3) earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! A Girl Scout Brownie's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It!

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Brownie Quest
This quest has second and third graders traveling along two colorful trails, one they can enjoy on their own and one they explore with their Girl Scout group. Along the quest, Girl Scout Brownies will meet three new friends and a bright and shining elf - in a Brownie story meant to inspire their own take action projects.

 

 
WOW! Wonders of Water
This journey for Girl Scout Brownies follows friends Alejandra, Campbell, Jamila, and Brownie Elf as they enjoy some amazing wonders of water. Girls will learn about the endless water cycle and enjoy making their own rainbows as they explore our precious resource of water. They'll meet inspiring women working for water, learn Girl Scout history, and, as a team, come to understand that WOW also stands for Ways of Working. Girl Scout Brownies reach out to their community as they advocate for other people to get involved in protecting water, too!

 

 

A World of Girls
Stories are all around us – in movies, in books, in television shows, advertisements, on the news and even on cereal boxes. This journey helps engage Girl Scout Brownies in the wider world of storytelling in a way that gets them looking for clues to help make the world a better place. With some help from Brownie Elf along the way, girls see how they can create positive change in the world - change that affects girls.

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Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, caring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.
 

Girl Scout Daisies (grades K-1) earn petals, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! A Girl Scout Daisy's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It!

 

Welcome to the Daisy Flower Garden

In this journey for Daisies, a favorite pastime -- gardening -- meets the Girl Scout Law. The result is a storybook world of flowers and little girls who, together, do great things. Girl Scout Daisies will especially enjoy meeting the colorful, global characters who teach them to live the Girl Scout Law.

 

Between Earth and Sky

Girl Scout Daisies join their flower friends for an exciting road trip in a flower-powered car. As they travel the country living the values of the Girl Scout Law, the girls and their flower friends enjoy what's local and learn why that's important. They experience what's great about what grows near them, and they learn how their own special skills make the world a better place.


5 Flowers, 4 Stories, 3 Cheers for Animals!

Daisies learn just how much they can care for animals and for themselves—and just how good that makes them feel.

 


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 The Girl Scout program serves girls in Kindergarten through 12th grade. At all levels, the Girl Scout program emphasizes development of personal values, appreciation of others, decision-making, leadership and service. The program is adapted for each grade level and for the needs and interests of individual girls.

Girl Scout Daisy - grades K-1

Girl Scout Brownie - grades 2-3

Girl Scout Junior - grades 4-5

Girl Scout Cadette - grades 6-8

Girl Scout Senior - grades 9-10

Girl Scout Ambassador - grades 11-12

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Girl Scout Mission

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Girl Scout Promise

On my honor, I will try: to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law