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Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn—gives you the chance to show that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community. Earning the award puts you among an exceptional group of girls who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world.

Once you complete your journey, the suggested minimum time for earning your Girl Scout Silver Award is 50 hours. These suggested hours are a guide. You can start by planning the time in chunks, dividing it up by the steps. Remember, too, that the hours include the fun and challenges you’ll share with your Silver Award team. Each step you take toward making a difference in the world around you gives you a great chance to learn and grow, and that will make your award project an amazing one!

Here are some resources to get you started. Information about the Silver Award can also be found in the Cadette Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting:
Silver Award Webinar
Silver Award Guide for Girls

Silver Award Guide for Adults
Silver Award Checklist

Have you already earned your Silver Award? Click here to share your project with others!

See a list of recent Silver Award recipients! Click here to see what projects some of them have shared.

To buy the Silver Award pin or other memorabilia, visit our shop. Leaders can also print out our Silver Award certificate.

Steps to earn the Silver Award

1. Go on a Cadette journey.
  • You can choose any Journey: It's Your StoryTell It!, It’s Your World—Change It! or It’s Your Planet—Love It!  This important step helps you build the skills you need to take on your award project and understand how to show leadership through the discover, connect, and take action keys.
2. Identify issues you care about.
  • To solve any problem, you must first identify it. Start by asking yourself what matters most to you. What connections can you make between the issues that you care about and the issues in your own community?
3. Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
  • Small team model: The girls you work with can be Girl Scouts, non-Girl Scouts, or a combination of both. Teams can not have more than 4 members. If the other Girl Scout Cadettes on your team also wish to earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, each girl must play an active role in choosing, planning, and developing the team’s Take Action project. Keeping your team small ensures that everyone can participate fully. You and your team will also partner with others in the community to complete your project.
  • Solo model: You can create and implement a project on your own. However, if you choose the solo option, you will still want to partner with others in your community (friends, neighbors, and business owners) in order to earn your award. After all, leaders like you know how to team up with others, even when they’re in charge.
4. Explore your community.
  • Now that you have begun to think about issues that concern you, it’s time to do some exploring to find out what your community needs are and where your areas of interest and the community needs may overlap.
5. Pick your Take Action project.
  • Review your Issues Chart, community map, and interview notes.
  • Choose a project based on what matters most to you or where you think you can create some positive change.
  • Pick just one aspect of your issue, and then develop a solution to that specific problem. (Imagine focusing a camera lens in order to get a clear picture. The process of focusing an idea so that it’s simple and clear is just like that.) Remember, you can always go back to your journeys for project ideas and examples.
6. Develop your project.
  • Now that you’ve chosen a project, it’s time to make a plan.
    You’ll be investing a lot of yourself in your project, so of course you’ll want to develop it in such a way that it keeps going even after you’re done. After all, this is a chance for you to make your mark in your community!
  • Think about others who may have worked on the same problem in the past, or check the Internet to see how others around the globe deal with your issue.
7. Make a plan and put it into motion.
  • It’s time to get started! Your project needs to involve action by you and your Silver Award Team (if you have one), from the planning stages all the way to earning the Girl Scout Silver Award.
8. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate
  • Take some time to reflect on what you have accomplished. Demonstrating to an audience what you have learned sets the stage for even broader impact, and is sometimes the best way for you to recognize what you have accomplished and see how much you have grown. It will also help you get others inspired to act!
  • Click here to share your project on the GSOFCT website!
  • Work with an adult to write a press release about what you did!
  • Register for event PG17999 to let GSOFCT know that you have completed your award.


Want to hear about the Silver Award straight from a girl?
Have Alexis come talk to your troop!

"Two years ago I completed my silver award and I'm now working on my Gold Award. I would love to speak to you and your troop about the process and the things that I went through as a Girl Scout earning my silver. I can also talk about what kinds of things the girls can expect as an upcoming cadette and senior. You can contact the program department at or you can email me at I can't wait to meet you and your troop!"

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