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Highest Awards

Every Girl Scout goes above and beyond to make a difference in her community and the greater world. The skills and experiences she gains along the way set her up for special recognition through the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards.

All three awards give girls the chance to do big things while supporting issues they care about.

As you earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and beyond. The possibilities are endless.

Q: Are there parent/volunteer/advisor trainings for the Girl Scout Silver Award and Girl Scout Gold Award?

A: No. As girl-led projects, providing girl only training gives the girls the opportunity to take full ownership and accountability for her project and progress.

Q: Does the Girl Scout Bronze Award have to be sustainable?

A: Yes. The Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards must show leadership and have an education and sustainability component. Sustainability is the component that distinguished the project as a Take Action project versus a Service Project.

Q: Can girls submit their Girl Scout Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Award reports via email?

ALL award submissions will now be accepted via email.

  • Yes, even after the “Stay in Place Order” is lifted.
  • Yes, this includes Gold Award. In fact, Gold Award Girls may begin using  GoGold 2.0 to submit your project proposals AND final reports.
    • Yes, the Gold Award Workshop will still be required. We are working hard to get a virtual workshop made available.
    • There will be additional GSSWT supplements to complete within the GoGold system as part of your application.
  • Don’t submit just your forms!  Include links websites or videos that were created as part of the project. Add 3-5 pictures! We love those. (Remember, the last page of the forms are a media release, so we can recognize your work on council social media.

Email them to  customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org
Simply enter Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award Submission in the subject.

Q: Why must my daughter/Girl Scout turn in her Gold Award Girl Scout Award 30-60 days prior to her project start date?

A: The review process for the Girl Scout Gold Award is completed by our Volunteer Gold Award Committee. This committee meets once every quarter. The calendar of review is below (and also noted on the Girl Scout Gold Award proposal.

Submission Deadline: Review Period**
October 15 November-January
January 15 (Celebrations deadline) February-April
April 15 May-July
July 15 August-October

** During the review period, girls will receive feedback and/approval of their project proposal or final report.

Q: What is the final deadline for the Girl Scout Bronze Award, Silver Award and Gold Awards?

A: The absolute final deadlines are as follows:

Please note: Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension for the Higher Awards Deadline from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards.

 

Deadlines for submitting final reports to council for Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas Annual Celebrations Awards Ceremony have changed.

Gold Award: January 15 
Scholarship: 
April 15
Silver Award: 
March 15

For more information, contact customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org or 210-349-2404.

GoGold 2.0 web app coming soon!
The GoGold 2.0 web app*, a digital resource that girls can use to organize, manage and complete their Take Action project, will be released soon.

*NOTE: GSSWT uses GoGold 2.0 for submission of National Gold Award Girl Scout nominations only. Please complete and submit the forms provided below.

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Girl Scouts Highest Awards Extensions

On April 2, GSUSA announced a highest awards extension, which extends the current September 30th deadline to December 31,  2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating 5th grade (Juniors seeking to earn their Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes seeking to earn their Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors seeking to earn their Gold Award) this year.

Useful Guideline for Girls Using the Extension
  • “Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place and be ready to take action No Later Than September 30, 2020.” This means that 5th grade juniors must have troop leader project approval by September 30; while 8th grade Cadettes and 12th grade Ambassadors should have an approved intent/proposal on file with council by September 30.
  • “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. A Girl Scout membership not only provides activity insurance, but also ensures there is no disruption to the council/national structure and support Girl Scout offers.” Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors seeking to earn the Gold Award may renew as an adult or choose a Lifetime Membership.

 

In addition to GSUSA’s extension, Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas' has extended to our council deadlines as well.

To ensure all GSSWT Girl Scouts who want to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award this year, GSSWT is offering an extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 to ALL GSSWT Girl Scouts. We will follow the same guidelines as GSUSA for continuity purposes.

ALL regular September 30 deadlines and GSSWT Gold Award quarterly deadlines will resume January 1, 2021.

NEW:

  • ALL award submissions will now be accepted via email.
    • Yes, even after the “Stay in Place Order” is lifted.
    • Yes, this includes Gold Award. In fact, Gold Award Girls may begin using  GoGold 2.0 to submit your project proposals AND final reports.
      • Yes, the Gold Award Workshop will still be required. We are working hard to get a virtual workshop made available.
      • There will be additional GSSWT supplements to complete within the GoGold system as part of your application.
    • Don’t submit just your forms!  Include links websites or videos that were created as part of the project. Add 3-5 pictures! We love those. (Remember, the last page of the forms are a media release, so we can recognize your work on council social media.

Email them to  customercare@girlscouts-swtx.org
Simply enter Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award Submission in the subject.

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