You’re ready to make the world a better place. Show everyone how you’ll do it by earning the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards. Each award will challenge you and helps you take action in a big way.
Developed in 2020 by GSCCC, the Change Maker Award is a puzzle made up of a set of four patches, and each piece of the puzzle represents the highest award a Girl Scout has earned for her grade level. Girl Scout Juniors who have earned their Bronze Award receive the Bronze Award patch. Girl Scout Cadettes who have earned their Silver Award receive the Silver Award patch. Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors who have earned their Gold Award receive the Gold Award patch. If a Girl Scout earns all three, the final “GSCCC CHANGE MAKER” piece is awarded.
Work to earn these other special awards and pins, or nominate a girl for one of these honors.
This award is named after Georgie “Buck” Harris who served as the executive director of what was then the Virginia Tidewater Area Council of Girl Scouts, (now called the Girl Scout Council of the Colonial Coast), and was director of Camp Matoaka, a Girl Scout camp in Suffolk, until she retired in 1972. When the award was initiated, the following was written: “A person strong in the spirit and the adventure of Girl Scouting, Buck Harris has left a legacy to our Council. Her gentleness, love and stewardship of our land and campsites, her infinite store of nature’s knowledge have been given freely for the Girl Scouting she loves.”
The award is presented at GSCCC’s annual Girls Award celebration. The recipient will receive a framed certificate and will be able to select a week at a GSCCC-sponsored summer camp. Complete the nomination packet and submit by January 15.
For questions about the Buck Harris Award contact Customer Care.
Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can earn the Community Service Bar for providing service in their community and for service to Girl Scouts. Pre-approval of your community service agency is not required. Complete this survey to submit your completed community service hours to Council.
The Girl Scout Summit Award is earned by completing three of the available Girl Scout Journeys in each grade level. Girls may earn this award for each grade level in Girl Scouting.
To request recognition for the Girl Scout Summit Award, complete this survey. When we receive your completed survey, a Girl Scout Summit Award certificate signed by GSCCC's CEO, Tracy Keller, will be sent to the girls. Award recognition will be mailed to the leader’s address. Please allow up to four weeks for delivery. For additional information contact us.
The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ only non-profit and highest honor for youth civilians. It is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. The program is open to all 14- to 23-year-olds. Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas; Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. This award requires registering before beginning. (Girls may earn the Congressional Award for the same project they plan to use for their Girl Scout Gold or Silver Award.)