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Silver Award Girl Scouts

COVID-19 Updates

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,, Program Manager.

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 guidelines to find out how.

Online training for the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards is available to troop volunteers and Award advisors through our online learning platform, gsLearn.  Access gsLearn using your MY GS login. More information on how to navigate gsLearn may be found in Volunteer Training.

Girl Scout Silver Award pin
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