Girl Scout Awards
Girl Scouting boasts a long tradition of honoring girls for service to their community and recognizing their accomplishments as a Girl Scout. In the menu below, click on an award name for complete details.
Please note: Unless otherwise noted, purchase of the awards is the responsibility of the recipient.
Cadette and Senior Program Aide (PA)
Any Girl Scout Cadette, Senior or Ambassador can take this training to learn to work with a troop or camp unit of younger girls under the supervision of an adult volunteer or staff member. This leadership workshop will train girls in responsibility of leadership, Girl Scouts basics, growth and development, dealing with groups of girls and more. Trainings will be held in multiple locations across the council. Girls will need both a core and specialty training. If only a core training is offered in your area, check with your local day camp or other Girl Scout community members about if they offer a specialty training in another setting. For all trainings, unless otherwise noted, register via our online registration system, Personify.
- If you would like to attend a council-sponsored PA training, please reference the Program Guide on page 17 for information on dates, locations and times. Go to the Program Guide page »
- If you would like to attend a PA training at a day camp, you must contact the camp's director. You can find a list of day camps and the contact information for each one on the Day Camp page »
For more information please contact Shannon Shea via email or at (503) 977-6813.
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Volunteer in Training (VIT)
Any Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador (must have completed ninth grade) can take this training to learn to work with a mentor leader in a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette Girl Scout troop. A volunteer-in-training project spans a three to six-month period. Requirements can be found in the Girl's Guide to Scouting Senior and Ambassador books. Required training for this award is the adult leader training Troop Leadership, which is available online, as a home study or in a groop setting.
For more information, please contact Lauren Shapiro via email or phone at 800-338-5248 x6823.
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Counselor-in-Training (CIT & CIT II)
A Counselor-in-Training project offers Girl Scout Ambassadors the opportunity to work with children in the out-of-doors. A Counselor-in-Training completes an outdoor group leadership course while interning as a counselor at a Girl Scout camp. This course is offered through the Summer Resident Camp Program. The training includes regular hours devoted to classes, plus actual experience in camp units where the CIT works directly with girls under the supervision of a camp counselor. In your second year of training, a Counselor-in-Training II, you will have opportunities to learn the support functions at camp and hone your counselor skills.
For more information, please contact Marissa Bennett via email or phone at 800-338-5248 x 6881.
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Community Service Bars
Community Service Bars recognize Girl Scouts who are making a difference in your communtiy - and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. It is a great way for these girls to get involved in a cause they care about. To earn the bar, girls must develop a partnership with an organization and get it approved by the council before starting to give service. To get a partnership approved, please conplete the form below. Once the partnership is approved, girls must provide at least 20 hours of service.
Download the Community Partnership form here.
For more information, please contact Shannon Shea via email or phone at 800-338-5248 x6813.
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My Promise, My Faith
Girl Scouts USA is excited to present our first national faith award. Earning My Promise, My Faith helps you explore how Girl Scouting and your faith offer similar ideas about how to act - and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. This award can be earned once a year, every year as a Girl Scout. Full requirements are found in The Girl's Guide to Scouting. Resources
PRAY Religious Recognitions
Religious recognitions are available for girls at every grade level from over two dozen religious organizations. Girl Scouts USA recognizes these programs and allows the recognition insignia to be worn on the official uniform. For award information, visit the "Partnerships" section of praypub.org.
National Lifesaving Awards
The 1913 handbook, How Girls Can Help Their Country, lists two medals girls could earn for meritorious deeds related to saving a life: the Bronze Cross—presented when a girl had shown special heroism or had faced extraordinary risk of her own life to save another’s life—and the Silver Cross—presented for gallantry with considerable risk to a girl’s life. Today, girls continue to earn Lifesaving Awards: the Bronze Cross and the Medal of Honor, for these deeds.
Girl Scouts of the USA has designed procedures to help Girl Scout councils formally recognize acts of heroism by Girl Scouts. As part of the Lifesaving Award procedures, councils will approve the recommendation for the award as well as purchase the medals. Please note that there are strict timelines for nominating a girl for this award. For more information, please reference this packet »
- BRONZE CROSS Given for saving life or attempting to save life with risk to the candidate’s own life.
- MEDAL OF HONOR Given for saving life or attempting to save life without risk to the candidate’s own life.
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