Lakeville Girl Scouts

Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys

Girl Scout Higher Awards

Several Lakeville Girl Scout troops and girls have earned higher awards. Some troop leaders have shared their project titles and email addresses so you can contact them with any questions.

BRONZE Award

Imagine what you can accomplish when you team up with others and use your special skills and interests to take action and make a difference in the world. Now, bring that vision to life by earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award—the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5) can achieve!

Steps to Earn the Bronze Award
  1. Complete a Junior Leadership Journey (if you haven't already) to hone the skills you'll need to earn your Bronze Award. 
  2. Build yourself a team of fellow Girl Scout Juniors.
  3. Explore your community for project inspiration.
  4. Choose your Bronze Award Take Action project.
  5. Make a plan for your project.
  6. Put your plan in motion.
  7. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate your work.


Earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award involves the time to complete a Journey (step 1), and then a suggested minimum of 20 hours to complete steps 2-7.


BRONZE AWARD GUIDELINES PDF


Learn more about the Bronze Award on Girl Scouts of the USA’s website. Still have questions? Contact us!


SILVER Award

Have you ever looked around your neighborhood or school and wondered how you could make a change for the better? Make it happen by earning the Girl Scout Silver Award—the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8) can earn!
   
Steps to Earn the Silver Award
  1. Complete a Cadette Leadership Journey (if you haven't already) to hone the skills needed to earn your Silver Award.
  2. Learn about developing a quality project by completing the Silver Award—Dream It, Achieve It! online training with your troop or individually with an adult.
  • The online training will prompt you to create a username and password. If you, a parent, or troop leader have previously completed any training on Training.GirlScoutsRV.org, you may log in using the same username and password. If you can’t remember your password, please contact us. For the best experience, we recommend viewing the training on a computer using Google Chrome.
  1. Identify the issues you care about.
  2. Build yourself a team of fellow Girl Scout Cadettes (or decide to go solo).
  3. Choose your project by exploring the needs of your community and seeing what sparks your interest.
  4. Choose your Silver Award Take Action project.
  5. Develop your project.
  6. Make a plan, submit your Project Proposal, and gain project approval.
  7. Put your project into motion.
  8. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate your work!


Earning the Girl Scout Silver Award involves the time to complete a Journey (step 1), and then a suggested minimum of 50 hours to complete steps 2-10.


Council Approval

Girl Scouts River Valleys' approval is needed prior to beginning your project. Girls wishing to do their Silver Award and who are in eighth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their eighth-grade year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.


Money-Earning for Your Project

If you will be earning more than $100 for your project, be sure to complete the Money-Earning Project Approval Form (PDF). You can find more information on money-earning for Gold and Silver Award projects in your award guidelines.



To learn more about the Silver Award, visit Girl Scouts of the USA’s website. If you still have questions ask GSRV here: ask us anything!


GOLD Award

Passionate about an issue and want to make a difference—in a big way? The Girl Scout Gold Award is for you! Open to Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9–10) and Ambassadors (grades 11–12), this is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouts.

This award is difficult to earn, but once you’ve earned it, your rate for success in life and your ability to reach any goal will soar. Colleges, employers, your peers, and your community will see that you have what it takes to get big things done!


Steps to Earn the Gold Award
  1. Complete your Silver Award and one Senior/Ambassador Journey - OR - two Senior/Ambassador Journeys (including the Take Action
    Project) to hone the skills you’ll need to earn your Gold Award.
  2. Complete Going for the Gold training online, with your troop or individually with an adult, no more than six months before submitting your project proposal—this way, all the information is fresh!
  • The online training will prompt you to create a username and password. If you, a parent, or troop leader have previously completed any training on Training.GirlScoutsRV.org, you may log in using the same username and password. If you can’t remember your password, please contact us. For the best experience, we recommend viewing the training on a computer using Google Chrome.
  1. Brainstorm to identify an issue you care about—then investigate it thoroughly.
  2. Build your team and find a project adviser.
  3. Create a plan and complete your Gold Award Project Proposal.
  4. Our Highest Awards Committee will review your proposal, provide feedback, and work with you to improve your plan.
  5. Once your project is approved, take action to carry out your project!
  6. Reflect on your hard work and turn in your complete your Gold Award Final Report and submit your photo to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award.
  7. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate your work!


Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award involves the time to complete a Journey/Silver Award (step 1), and then a suggested minimum of 80 hours to complete steps 2-9.


Council Approval

Girl Scouts River Valleys' approval is needed prior to beginning your project. Girls wishing to do their Gold Award and who are in twelfth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their graduation year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.


Money-Earning for Your Project

If you will be earning more than $100 for your project, be sure to complete the Money-Earning Project Approval Form (PDF). You can find more information on money-earning for Gold Award projects in your award guidelines.



Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold from Girl Scouts of the USA. Still have questions? Contact us!