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National Leadership Awards

As Girl Scouts, we take pride in providing service to others and doing what we can to make the world a better place. To recognize older girls—Cadettes through Ambassadors— for their dedication and commitment to both their Girl Scout community and their own communities, girls have the opportunity to be recognized for the awards listed below. You will find more information in the Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting book for each age level.

Community Service Bar

When girls make a difference in their community and practice the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law, they can earn this award while getting involved with a cause they care about.

Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn their Community Service Bar. All girls interested in earning the Community Service Bar may do so by volunteering at least 20 hours for one organization. Girls must complete training with the sponsoring organization regarding her specific job duties too. These hours may not be rolled over from one level to the next. However, girls may earn all three bars by completing 20 hours of service at each level.

These service hours may not be applied towards any other Girl Scout award, Take Action project, or badge work. These hours must be documented and approved by an adult in charge of the service opportunity. Upon completion of the hours, completed the Community Service Bar Form, which will be submitted to the Girl Experience Team for approval. 

Service to Girl Scouts Bar

This award is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours for the Girl Scout organization such as helping out with an event for younger Girl Scouts, assisting with council or service unit projects, or blazing trails at camp.

Torch Award

Recognizes girls who act as leaders in their community after completing a Girl Scout Leadership Journey and serving for one full term in a leadership position at school, place of worship, library, community center, or similar organization.