Highest Awards

Bronze. Silver. Gold. These represent the highest honors a Girl Scout can earn.

All three awards give you the chance to do big things while supporting an issue you care about. You might plant a community garden at your school or inspire others to eat healthy foods for your Bronze, advocate for animal rights for your Silver, or build a career network that encourages girls to become scientists and engineers for your Gold. Whatever you choose, you’ll inspire others (and yourself). 

Also a given: as you earn one of Girl Scouts’ highest awards, you’ll change your corner of the world—and beyond. The possibilities are endless.

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. And learn more about the Girl Scouts in our Council who have earned their Gold Awards.

Go for Bronze

Juniors (Grades 4-5)

Bronze Award


Go for Silver

Cadettes (Grades 6-8)

Silver Award


Go for Gold

Seniors & Ambassadors
(Grades 9-12)

Gold Award


Looking for more information on how to obtain your Silver or Gold Award? Click here for a list of Silver Award Workshops and Click here for a list of Gold Award Workshops .

Thank you to our 2019 Silver and Gold Award Ceremony Sponsors

  • Scotia Rotary Club

Caroline McGraw at solar garden

Gold Award Spotlight: Caroline McGraw

Girl Scouts of the USA named Niskayuna resident Caroline McGraw (Troop 2383) a 2018 National Gold Award Girl Scout, the organization’s most prestigious honor. GSUSA selects 10 National Gold Award Girl Scouts (formerly known as the National Young Women of Distinction) annually among candidates who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can earn, and one that is only available to Girl Scouts. By designing and implementing extraordinary projects of measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact, these girls demonstrate a steadfast commitment, as well as a stunning ability, to create true change.

For her Gold Award project, McGraw focused on combating the problem of food insecurity by working to promote the health of pollinators, critical to local ecosystems and food sources.

Read more about Caroline.