You can pursue your Girl Scout Silver Award if:
You're in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade (or equivalent)
You're a registered Girl Scout Cadette
You have completed a Cadette Journey
Girl Scout Silver Award Steps:
Identify an issue you care about.
Build your Girl Scout Silver Award team or decide to go solo.
Explore your community.
Pick your Silver Award project.
Develop your project.
Make a plan and put it into motion.
Reflect, share your story, and celebrate.
Keep the following in mind as you plan your Silver Award Take Action Project:
Community Service vs. Take Action Project
Community service projects often address an immediate need in the community: girls organize a book or clothing drive, paint walls to cover up graffiti, or hold a one-time march or fair to highlight a community problem. Although these projects address a need in the community, they do so for only a short period of time.
Defining Take Action Projects
A Take Action project picks up from where a short-term project leaves off. For example, the girls who painted the walls to cover up graffiti can create a club that travels around the city painting beautiful murals on buildings that were defaced. And the girls who held the march or fair could expand the event to include community artisans and make it an annual gathering. For each project, girls can publicize and get people in the community to come out and support. They can even get community leaders involved. When girls pursue Take Action projects, they take time to identify and understand the root cause of the issue they are addressing.
Girls must also ensure that each project is sustainable and that the impact is measurable.
- Measurable: The success of the project can be determine based on the number of people the
project helped, the number of people who were involved, any reduction in the community’s need, and other concrete numbers.
- Sustainable: Girls must make arrangements (such as collaborating with community leaders and/or organizations; building alliances with mentors) to ensure that the project creates lasting change and is not a one-time event.
Take Action Projects for the Girl Scout Silver Award are expected to reach beyond Girl Scouting to "make the world a better place." As they mature within Girl Scouting, our Cadettes are ready to move beyond the Girl Scout family to share their leadership skills with the wider community. It is in fully exploring their communities that our older girls exemplify the Girl Scout mission to "Build girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place."