We celebrated their accomplishments at our Highest Awards Ceremony on Sunday, June 4, 2023, and we’re so proud of all their hard work. We had seven troops earn their Bronze Award, 14 Girl Scouts earn their Silver Award, and 10 Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award. We’d like to give a special shoutout to our Master of Ceremonies, Rebecca “Spade” McDermott, our Keynote Speaker, Megan Shoniker, and for Emily Crowell, Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Providence for joining us. Thank you to all the volunteers, friends, and families for supporting their Girl Scouts!
The Girl Scout Gold Award—the highest award in Girl Scouting—has evolved from a long line of Girl Scout leadership awards which recognizes older Girl Scouts who make a difference in their communities. The Girl Scout Gold Award was first introduced in 1980, but has been known as the Golden Eagle of Merit (1916-1918), Golden Eaglet (1919-1938), Curved Bar Award (1940-1963), and the First Class Award (1938-1940, 1963-1980).
Approximately one million Girl Scouts have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent since 1916. Currently, an estimated five percent of Girl Scouts in grade 9-12 earn the Gold Award annually. The Girl Scout Gold Award recognizes the work of Girl Scouts who demonstrate leadership, culminating in 80 hours or more dedicated toward a Take Action Project hat has a sustainable impact in the community.
The Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette in grades 6-8 can earn—gives Girl Scouts the chance to show they are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. After completing one Cadette Journey, Girl Scouts must identify an issue they care about, explore their community, create a Take Action Project, and put it into motion. The suggested minimum time for earning the Girl Scout Silver Award is 50 project hours.
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Junior in grades 4-5 can earn. When Girl Scouts work toward earning their Girl Scout Bronze Award, they uncover the important lessons in what it takes to leave a meaningful legacy in their community. After completing a Junior-level Girl Scout Journey, Girl Scouts are encouraged to identify issues they care about and explore the needs of their surrounding communities. The Girl Scout Junior builds a team with fellow Junior Girl Scouts (or chooses to go solo!) to develop a plan and complete a Take Action Project of 20 or more hours to earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award.