Girl Scouts helps girls discover their talents and strengths, connect with others, and take action in their communities. Trained, caring adult volunteers provide opportunities for girls to practice decision-making skills, develop healthy and positive self-esteem, and pursue interests in a supportive nurturing all-girl environment. Girls and adults plan together, as partners, to decide what activities they will do.
Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) and Girl Scout Ambassadors (grades 11-12) earn badges, hike and camp, participate in the cookie program, and much more. A teen Girl Scout gets to practice the leadership skills she's acquired in a real-life environment by taking advantage of unique opportunities at the local, national and global level. They have tons of fun and make new friends that will last a lifetime! Adults serve in an advisory role and ensure that girls abide by the health and safety guidelines written in the Safety Activity Checkpoints.
A teen Girl Scout's leadership journey begins with her choice of Girl Scouting's three journey series: It's Your World - Change It!, It's Your Planet - Love It! and It's Your Story - Tell It!
Girl Scout Seniors
This journey gives Girl Scout Seniors a chance to imagine a perfect world - for girls. They're invited to create their vision as an art project in any medium of their choice. Then they'll take action to make their vision a reality.
On this journey, Girl Scout Seniors get down to the roots of their food network to see how complex and how global food and land issues can be. They'll meet scientists, farmers, artists, and others who have plenty of knowledge to serve up. This journey will also have girls asking tough questions about their own "food print" as they develop "leader print" and speak up about what they believe in.
Through Mission: Sisterhood! Girl Scout Seniors see the stories of sisterhood all around them and grow as leaders by widening their networks and broadening their world.
Girl Scout Ambassadors
Your Voice, Your World: The Power of Advocacy
This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of change. While creating their own "butterfly effect," they'll learn such key skills as networking, planning, and speaking up for what they believe.
In Justice, Girl Scout Ambassadors tackle the engaging global issue of environmental justice by learning to create their own equation for justice. From scientists and doctors to lawyers and environmentalists, this journey is rich with eye-opening career possibilities - all focused on caring and collaborative work that helps both people and the planet.
BLISS: Live It! Give It!
Girl Scout Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too.
Girl Scout Gold Award
The Highest Honor a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Can Achieve
Since 1916 Girl Scouts highest and most prestigious award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award focuses on the interests of individual Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts. Gold Award distinction is recognized by a number of colleges with scholarship opportunities and by an immediate rise of one rank in the US military branches.
As a Girl Scout you are part of a sisterhood, a global movement that comprises more than ten million girls worldwide who are using their talents to positively impact their communities. With your talent and passion you too can make changes in your community that can reach people around the world.
The Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project is designed to be accomplished during the high school years and must be completed with the Final Report and submitted and approved by March 1, the year prior to graduation to participate in Celebrations. Otherwise final report needs to be approved by September 30, following your high school graduation.
- Be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador 9th 10th 11th and 12th grades.
- The completion of two Senior or Ambassador journeys earning the Journey Awards including the Journey Take Action Project or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey .
Overview of the Girl Scout Gold Award Process:
- Choose an issue. Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.
- Investigate. Research everything you can about the issue.
- Get Help. Invite others to support and take action with you.
- Create a Plan. Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measureable impact.
- Present Your Plan and Get Feedback. Sum up your project plan for the Precious Metals Committee.
- Take Action. Take the lead to carry out your plan.
- Educate and Inspire. Share what you have experienced with others.
Girl Scout Gold Award App
In the fall, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas will introduce the new Gold Award App. This app is a digital resource that a girl can use to:
- Organize and manage her project
- Make the process more fun
- Will have everything she needs in one spot
- Be able to contact the Awards Committee
- Create and track her progress on her timeline
- Monitor her budget
- Submit final report
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