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Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, Girl Scouts of the USA has recommended that all councils extend Highest Awards deadlines to Dec. 31, 2020. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has accepted this recommendation and would like to provide additional information on how that impacts the Silver Award. We encourage you to continue with your project and discuss the project digitally with your troop and community partners. Please feel free to postpone events as necessary and continue to monitor state and local guidelines.

Silver Award Preapproval Forms need to be submitted no later than June 15, 2020. Silver Award Final Reports are due no later than Dec. 15, 2020 to allow time for review by the Highest Awards Review Committee. This extension provides flexibility for Girl Scout Cadettes, earning the Silver Award. This announcement is particularly relevant for 8th grade Cadettes who will bridge to the next program grade level officially on Sept. 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Silver Award. Please understand there will be a large influx of projects at the end of December and it will take up to 30 days for you to receive feedback. If you have questions, please contact

Girl Scouts earning their Silver Award

Silver Award Girl Scouts

When Girl Scout Cadettes focus on an issue they care about, learn the facts, and take action to make a difference, they gain the confidence and skills that will catapult them to lifelong success. It all adds up to the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest honor a Cadette can achieve.  Download the Silver Award guidelines to find out how.

Cadettes can earn their Silver Award as individuals or in small groups of two-four Girl Scouts. Have more than four girls in your troop who want to earn Silver? That’s fantastic! You’ll just need to split them into two or more teams and work on separate issues. Silver Awards need to have a wider audience than Girl Scouts alone, so keep that in mind as you plan.

The Silver Award does require viewing the training, taking the quiz and preapproval by council. Need a refresher on the difference between community service and take action? We've got you covered!


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