Girl Scouts go on the most amazing adventures. They discover, connect and take action with the world around them. Through their Girl Scout experiences they build courage, confidence and character developing them into the leaders of tomorrow. But they also do something else…. they SPARKLE!
Through the process of earning the highest awards (Bronze, Silver and Gold) in Girl Scouting, girls make a difference and have lasting impact.
Girl Scout Juniors earning their Bronze Award are implementing projects as a troop to improve their Girl Scout or local municipality.
Girl Scout Cadettes in the process of completing their Silver Award are working in small groups (4 or less), or individually to take action to address an issue within their neighborhood or surrounding area.
Finally, Senior and Ambassador level Girl Scouts are leading individual projects to address a community issue to meet the requirements of earning the most prestigious Award in Girl Scouts, the Girl Scout Gold Award, earned by less than 6% of eligible members. Girls in the process of earning their Gold Award develop a solution to a societal problem and build a team to implement their unique solution.
While the path to earn each of the highest awards is slightly different, one thing remains the same, Girl Scouts pick an issue they are passionate about to create change in their world and local community. Each of the highest awards represents a journey in leadership.
More than 700 girls annually earn their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award across the Council’s 41-county footprint – that’s something to celebrate! Following completion, each Girl Scout is presented with a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award pin to proudly wear and to show their SPARKLE. Additionally, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue are eligible for the National Young Women of Distinction award. This prestigious honor is given to ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients each year, and last year local Girl Scout Sadhana Anantha, was named one of the 2016 recipients for the National Young Woman of Distinction award. How awesome is that?
For more than 100 years Girl Scouts have made a difference in their local communities. Get ready for what Girl Scouts do over the next 100 years!