GSUSA announced a three-month extension from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, this extension applies to 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively. The safety and health of our Girl Scouts is our top priority. We urge Girl Scout families to take the time they need to acclimate without the added stress of impending deadlines. Then, when girls are ready, let’s encourage them to flex their problem-solving muscles and adjust how they plan and implement their projects, rather than put their projects on hold. This will show girls that we’re confident in their ability to be the change our community needs through this crisis.
These guidelines may be useful:
- 5th grade Juniors should have an approved proposal on file with their councils or be on Step 6 of their Bronze Award by Sept. 30, 2020
- 8th grade Cadettes should have an approved proposal on file with their council or be on Step 7 of the Silver Award by Sept. 30, 2020
- 12th grade Ambassadors should have an approved Gold Award proposal on file with their council by Sept. 30, 2020
For Girl Scouts in councils who do not track Bronze or Silver Award projects, we kindly remind them (and their troop leaders) to be “honest and fair” when using this extension.
Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension. We want every girl or adult to be a member if they are working on a Girl Scout activity. These Gold Award Candidates may renew as an adult or choose Lifetime Membership.
Thanks for helping us keep Girl Scouts safe and engaged during the extension! For additional information or questions, contact Jessica Illert, firstname.lastname@example.org, Program Manager.