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Additional Awards

As a volunteer, you’ll introduce girls to new experiences and help them unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to take the lead and change the world. You’ll be their cheerleader, guide, and mentor, helping them develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership.

In addition to badges and Journey awards, there are other awards that girls can earn. 

Leadership Awards Overview

Service Awards

Service to Girl Scouting Bar
The Service to Girl Scouting Bar is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization. A Girl Scout can volunteer at a special event for younger girls, be an office assistant for their council, work with their service unit or help with special projects. Community Service Bar hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards. 
Time Log

Community Service Bar
The Girl Scout Community Service Bar is earned by making a difference in the community and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. It is also a way for girls to get involved with a cause they care about. The Community Service Bar is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours to 1 organization. This organization does need to be pre-approved by Council in order for the Girl Scouts to start tracking her hours. This is done by completing page 1 of the Community Service Bar Form and submitting to Council.
Time Log 

Leadership Awards

Program Aide
A Cadette Girl Scout (Grades 6, 7, or 8) that is interested in working with younger girls in a variety of settings.

To earn a Program Aide award, follow these steps:

  1. Earn one Leader in Action (LiA) award. This can be done before or after you complete the training.
  2. Complete a council-designed leadership course training. Part of our leadership course training will involve learning to work with children, and gaining a deeper understanding of a specialty such as science, art, the outdoors, or adapting activities for girls with disabilities.
  3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions. These activities are in addition to your LiA and can include but not limited to Journey activities, badge activities, troop meetings, day camp or council events.

Program Aide hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards.

Make sure to keep track of your hours on the Activities Log and fill out the Leadership Awards Evaluation before submitting everything to Council. Activities Log and Evaluation

 

Counselor-in-Training (CIT)
A Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout (Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12) that would like to mentor younger girls in a camp setting in order to build skills toward becoming a camp counselor.

To earn a Counselor-In-Training I award, follow these steps:

  1. Complete a council-designed leadership course training on outdoor experiences. 
  2. Work directly with younger girls over 6 camp sessions.

Counselor-In-Training hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards.

Make sure to keep track of your hours on the Activities Log and fill out the Leadership Awards Evaluation before submitting everything to Council. Activities Log and Evaluation

 

Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II)
A Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout (Grades 9, 10, 11, or 12) that would like to mentor younger girls in at least one camp setting while focusing on increasing her skills in one specific area – such as riding instruction, life guarding, or the arts.

To earn a Counselor-In-Training II award, follow these steps:

  1. Earn the Counselor-In-Training I
  2. Work directly with younger girls over the course of at least one camp session while focusing on an increasing skill.

Counselor-In-Training hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards.

Make sure to keep track of your hours on the Activities Log and fill out the Leadership Awards Evaluation before submitting everything to Council. Activities Log and Evaluation

Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)
A Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout (Grades 10, 11, or 12) that would like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group outside of the camp experience.

To earn a Volunteer-In-Training award, follow these steps:

  1. Find a mentor volunteer who is currently the adult volunteer for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with. This volunteer will help you through your training and internship, and you’ll help the volunteer with her group of girls for the three-to-six month period.
  2. Complete a council-designed leadership course.
  3. Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions. Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the area you love or in which you have expertise.

Volunteer-In-Training hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards.

Make sure to keep track of your hours on the Activities Log and fill out the Leadership Awards Evaluation before submitting everything to Council. Activities Log and Evaluation

Torch Award

The Torch Award recognizes a Girl Scout who acts as a leader in her community by serving in a leadership position at a school, place of worship, library, after-school club or similar organizations for the duration of a term.

Torch Award hours need to be separate from those used toward other awards.

Make sure to fill out the Torch Award form and submit to council after you have finished your term.