Gold, Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts are the youth leaders their
communities need to create solutions to the new and ever-changing
challenges that arise from this global pandemic.
We recognize the impact of the COVID-19 closures and ‘stay at home
orders’ are having on Girl Scouts who want to earn the highest awards.
We’re committed to supporting girls with the time and space they need
to adjust to these changes, so when they’re ready, they can safely
harness their enthusiasm and facilitate meaningful solutions with
To ensure all Girl Scouts who want to earn the Highest Awards this
year have the opportunity, Girl Scouts is offering a 3-month
deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for
Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to
earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the
Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold
Award) this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program
level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would
be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively.
Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place and
be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020. Given
that each council handles highest award project tracking, approvals
and recognitions differently, Girl Scouts should follow local council
guidelines and procedures.
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,
- 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,
- 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. A
Girl Scout membership not only provides activity insurance, but also
ensures there is no disruption to the council/national structure and
support Girl Scouts offers. 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!