Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.
When Girl Scouts decide to work towards earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards – they set out for meaningful change by identifying an issue, collaborating with others who care about it too, building a team to help and working to improve on something that contributes to that issue in a measurable way. Earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards means reaching way beyond what the world knows as “community service” to Take Action projects that literally change the world.
So, what’s the difference? Community service makes the world better for some people “right now.” For example, collecting food for the local food pantry feeds people right now. Gathering toys for a homeless-family shelter makes kids happy right now. Providing clothing or toiletries to people who have suffered a disaster helps them get through a traumatic event right now. These acts of kindness are important ways to help some people - right now – and are a “one and done” activity. Performing community service almost always multiplies efforts that are already in place.
Girl Scout Take Action projects, which are what’s required when earning the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards, address an issue – as well as the impact factors that contribute to it. Take Action projects have support teams, educational outreach, plans for sustainability and measurable goals. As you may expect, the impact of these projects has far-reaching effects that are designed to change something for the better, forever.
Girl Scouts are already comfortable with service and civic engagement, so this makes the progression into keen observation, needs-assessment, team building and action pretty natural for our girls. When our girls earn the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards, they are transformed from living the Girl Scout Law – to bringing it to life!
Want to see what Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts have done to earn these important recognitions? For inspiration, check out examples via Girl Scouts of the USA’s Map It: Girls Changing the World.