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Check out the revised Highest Award guidelines for COVID-19

Highest Award Guidelines ( revised )

This  updated Highest Award guidelines document provides clarifications for the guidelines document distributed on March 25, 2020. In particular, please note:

·       Girl Scouts is offering a three-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020, for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award), and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, they would be no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, respectively.

·       Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place, and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020. Given that each council handles highest award project tracking, approvals, and recognitions differently, Girl Scouts should follow local council guidelines and procedures.

·       Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension.

·       These guidelines are approved for distribution to volunteers, girls, and families—and include coaching tips for girls.

We’re partnering with CollegeLab to bring girls FREE college admissions insights.

Now more than ever, Girl Scouts is focused on providing girls with the tools they need to be successful from home. To that end, we’re pleased to announce a partnership with CollegeLab—a mobile-friendly web app that provides insights to help students manage the college admissions process and improve their chances of acceptance.

Registered Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are now eligible for FREE access to CollegeLab. Normally this service costs $99 annually, but now through our special partnership with CollegeLab, Girl Scouts can take advantage of it at no cost after meeting one of the following requirements:

·        Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award

·       Secured approval of their Gold Award proposal with their council

·       Earned (or are earning) the Girl Scout Ambassador College Knowledge badge (learn how on the Badge Explorer and Volunteer Toolkit)

From the comfort and safety of their own homes, girls can research over 2,000 colleges and universities, get personalized  acceptance predictions at the top 500 colleges, create a balanced college list to share with family and school counselors, and organize and collect their notes.

What action’s needed?

·       Email gsbrand@girlscouts.org by April 15  to opt-in for a targeted email to Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout families. Heads up: your marcomm team received a comms alert about this earlier today, so we’d encourage you to coordinate! 

·       CollegeLab’s Girl Scout registration webpage will launch on Monday, April 13. Use the CollegeLab toolkit to promote through your channels, ensuring that every eligible Girl Scout (and her troop leader and parents) knows to sign up! Additional assets will be added through April 13.

With your collaboration, together, we can make sure girls are one step closer to get accepted into the colleges of their dreams!

Looking forward to seeing you on April 9 at 7:00 PM ET for Team Gold’s First eHappy Hour Otherwise, we’ll look for you next week during a Gold Chat!

Warmly,

The GSUSA Gold Award Team

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P.S. April Gold Chats are now CLOSED.

 

·        April 13 at 4 p.m. ET:   Small Council Chat A (12,499 girls or fewer)

·        April 15 at 4:00 PM ETMedium Council Chat (12,500 - 24,999 girls)

·        April 16 at 3:30 PM ETLarge Council Chat (25,000 girls or more)