The Silver Award

I’m preparing ahead of time because next year my girls will be working on earning their Silver Awards.

The GS link: http://www.girlscouts.org/program/gs_central/insignia/highest_awards/silver_award.asp

Girl Scout Silver Award
Highest Award for Girls 11-14

The Girl Scout Silver Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. The Girl Scout Silver Award Project can be undertaken when the first four requirements are completed. It can be done as an individual or with a group. If done with a group, a girl must be responsible for a specific part of the project and evaluate her contribution to the project and the group.

Requirements for the Girl Scout Silver Award:

A girl must be 11 or going into the sixth grade to begin work on STEPS 1-4 of her Girl Scout Silver Award. She must be 12 or going into the seventh grade to start work on STEPS 5 and 6 of the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. She must complete STEPS 5 and 6 by age 14 or before the start of the 10th grade.

Ideas taken from the GS site:

Here are some sample projects to get you thinking.

  • Clean up a polluted stream for wildlife
  • Create a “science nook” at a school
  • Work with a federal natural resource agency on a Linking Girls to the Land project.
  • Establish a sustainable food pantry in your community
  • Host a walker “pit stop” for an extended breast cancer walk
  • Learn to be clowns and visit hospitals or senior centers
  • Make puppet boxes to accompany stories for Daisy and Brownie Girl Scouts
  • Plan and coordinate a math day for younger girls
  • Put on a bicycle safety fair in your community
  • Start a sustainable recycling program at school
  • Write and perform a puppet play to teach children safety tips they can use when not in school.

Another helpful site

http://www.ptgirlscouts.org/events_programs/earning-silver-award.html

  • As of October 1, 2006, all girls working towards the Girl Scout Silver Award must use the requirements found in the Studio 2B Focus book, Girl Scout Silver Award Go Girl Scout Silver AwardFor It!
  • Girls must be 11 years old or going into the sixth grade to begin working on steps 1 – 4 of the Girl Scout Silver Award. To work on steps 5 and 6, they must be 12 years old or going into the 7th grade. Steps 5 and 6 must be completed by age 14 or by September 30 after the completion of the 9th grade.
  • Girls who have bridged in the spring from Juniors to Girls Scouts 11 – 17, may be working on steps 1 – 4.
  • Accomplishments before age 11 or going into the sixth grade cannot be used to the Girl Scout Silver Award.
  • Projects do not need council approval.
  • Girls may work as a group on a project.  However, each girl must have her own distinct part which includes leadership and she must put in the required hours.
  • The project may be done in or out of Girl Scouting, but must reflect some aspect of community service. If a project is solely for Girl Scouts, then a girl must reach out to the community in some way.
  • Girls must sign a contract with their advisor before beginning the process. It is found in the “Go for It” insert.
  • All projects must meet with Safety-Wise and council guidelines.
  • Council approval must be given for any money earning and gift in kind solicitation activities. Girls must work with an adult partner, who does the ask for money or goods. See the M*O*N*E*Y and Your Leadership Project handout, available through the council.
  • Girl Scouts cannot raise money for another organization.
  • Council approval must be given before working on any project that impacts Girl Scout council programming, operations, or Girl Scout council property.
  • Avoid projects that are simple service projects, projects that involve Web sites (legal issues involved), or like creating a “council’s own” patch.
  • Projects must be a minimum of 40 hours. Remember planning time counts and you may count the hours you used to work on the 4B Challenge.
  • Project advisors should be someone other than a parent. A troop advisor may be the project advisor if she has specific experience related to the project. It is recommended that someone from the community, who has knowledge of the project topic, be the advisor. Example, a librarian might be the project advisor for a project that involves literacy.
  • A Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report Form (PDF or Word) must be turned into the council upon completion of the project. The final report form must be submitted no later than September 30 following the completion of the ninth grade. The council will provide a certificate and authorization to purchase a Girl Scout Silver Award pin. Allow 3 weeks to process certificates and authorization.
  • And I also found this information:

    The first four requirements of the award ask you to build your skills, explore career possibilities, increase your leadership skills, and make a commitment to improving yourself. You can do Steps 2-4 in any order or even work on them simultaneously, but they must be completed prior to the fifth requirement, the Girl Scout Silver Award Project. You should work closely with your adult adviser in the completion of all the requirements.

    I’ll update as I do more research 🙂

    Kell

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