Journey awards

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For complete requirements and details please reference the Senior Girl Scout Handbook.



GIRLtopia invites girls to consider how the world is far from perfect for girls around the world. As girls take in this reality, they are invited to envision an ideal world—a society that consistently respects their needs, values and interests. In GIRLtopia, girls have the option of earning a major award, an important step on the Girl Scout leadership ladder: The Senior Visionary Award.

To earn the award, girls complete 3 steps:

Create It an artistic representation of an ideal world to share with others;

Guide It lead a discussion or group activity that engages other girls in thinking about visionary leadership; and

Change It complete a Take Action Project that moves the world (or a community) one step closer to ideal.


During this journey, girls have an opportunity to earn the prestigious Girl Scout Senior Harvest Award. The Harvest Award signifies that girls understand who they are and what they stand for, and that they care about others, too. It also signifies that they can grasp an issue by the roots and organize a team to work together to sow the seeds of sustainable change. Seniors - to earn the award:

> Identify, and dig into, a food or land issue, tapping some community experts as you go.

> Capture your vision for change in a Harvest Plan that includes: Your very own "So What?"—your goal, why it matters, how it will benefit both the planet and people. Say it in a way that gets others interested and involved! Show how even simple actions and decisions impact the larger food network.

>Now, create change—execute your plan by advocating to influence a food policy or land-use effort or by educating and inspiring others to act on a solution you identify.


Seniors understand the power of sisterhood in their own lives and in the world. Girls define a sisterhood issue, create a plan for how to Take Action and put it in place in order to earn the Sisterhood Award.


The Journey Summit Award Pin is earned by girls who have completed all three National Leadership Journeys at their grade level. The colored border around each pin corresponds to their grade level. Imported.



The Silver Torch award recognizes a Girl Scout Senior who acts as a leader in her community. The award is earned by completing one Senior National Leadership Journey and serving in a leadership position at a school, place of worship, library, or similar organization.


The Senior 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. Once an approved organization has been chosen, complete at least 20 hours of service to earn the bar.


The Senior Service to Girl Scouting Bar is earned by volunteering at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization. A Senior can volunteer at a special event for younger girls, be an office assistant for their council, service unit or help with special projects.



Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors mentor young girls in a camp setting as they build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. To earn this award Girl Scouts complete a leadership course designed by the council on outdoor experiences and work with younger girls over the course of a camp session.


This award is for girls who'd like to mentor a Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior or Cadette group outside of the camp experience. Girls who have completed ninth grade, are eligible to earn this award.



The cookie sale activity pin is an earned award that is worn to show participation in the Girl Scout Cookie Sale after completing participation activities outlined in the Cookie Sale Activity Guide. The pin(s) are awarded each year in a different color.


Each year on February 22, World Thinking Day, girls participate in activities and projects with global themes to honor their sister Girl Guides and Girl Scouts in other countries. World Thinking Day is part of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts Global Action Theme (GAT) based on the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which aim to improve the lives of the world's poorest people. The theme for World Thinking Day 2012 is girls worldwide say "we can save our planet." World Thinking Day not only gives girls a chance to celebrate international friendships, but is also a reminder that Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a global community—one of nearly 150 countries with Girl Guides and Girl Scouts. Girl Scout councils are asked to explain to their membership that the World Thinking Day award is now an Official Award and therefore it may be worn on the front of the Official Uniform sash or vest and placed where other earned badges are worn.


The Girl Scouts Global Action award, developed in partnership with the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), is an exciting and enriching way for Girl Scout Daisies to Ambassadors to participate in realizing the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which aim to reduce extreme poverty and impact major world concerns by 2015.
By earning the Global Action award, girls can learn, in a fun and educational way, about serious global issues affecting girls, young women, and their communities. Each Girl Scout who completes activities will join in WAGGGS' international movement of 10 million girls who together are sowing the seeds of social change.
The Global Action award is designed to complement GSUSA's national leadership journeys and reinforces the same leadership goals of: discovering oneself and one's values; connecting via teamwork with other members and by reaching out to the local and global communities; and taking action to improve the world.


This pin is earned as a Girl Scout living overseas and registered with a USA Girl Scout Overseas Committee. Although this pin can be earned in more than one country, a girl wears only one pin.



The Medal of Honor is given to a Girl Scout who has shown presence of mind (a clear and calm head) and true Girl Scout spirit in an emergency. (Contact your local Girl Scout council for further information).


The Bronze Cross is a very special award that has been a part of the Girl Scout program since the start of the movement. Your Girl Scout council documents specific actions that have led to a person saving a life or attempting to save a life, with national awards determined by GSUSA. Girl Scout Lifesaving awards, as part of the Girl Scout program, are given to registered Girl Scouts (not adults) who have saved a human life or attempted to save it under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk to their own lives and who have performed heroic acts beyond the degree of maturity and training to be expected at their age. The Bronze Cross is given for saving a life or attempting to save a life with risk to the candidate's own life. The local Girl Scout council judges whether the act qualifies for a lifesaving award. (Contact your local Girl Scout council for further information)



The My Promise, My Faith Pin is earned by girls who want to find out what their faith and Girl Scouting have in common, using the Girl Scout Law as a guide. There is a different pin for each year a Girl Scout earns the recognition. Girls can earn this pin once a year at each grade level. The color of the pin corresponds to Girl Scout Senior grade level color.


The updated Safety Award Pin is earned by following a five step process for staying safe, tailored to Girl Scout Seniors. The color of the cross on the pin corresponds to the Senior grade level color.


Moving from one Girl Scout grade level to another is called bridging. The Bridging Award is earned by completing a set of activities described in the Earning the Bridge to Girl Scout Ambassador Award document. These activities help a girl learn about the next grade level they are entering.


The Girl Scout Gold Award Pin is the highest award for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors and signifies completion of a Gold Award project. This award focuses on a girl's interests and personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement, and service.


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► Senior Girl Scout Way – As Girl Scout Senior, you might feel like life is a balancing act. On one hand, you’re holding tight to the comforts of home and what’s familiar—and on the other, you’re excited to open yourself up to the possibilities in the larger world. In this badge, you’ll share the Girl Scout way in your environment and bring together generations of Girl Scouts. In this badge you will: 1. Explore GS Music 2. Help Younger GS Celebrate a Special Day 3. Spread Sisterhood Through the GS Law 4. Leave Your Environment Better Then You Found It and 5. Enjoy GS Traditions

► Collage Artist – No matter what you do with your collage, there won’t be another just like it in the world. Everything—from the materials you choose to how it’s assembled—is up to you. Get ready to see the creative possibility in everyday objects: This badge is an opportunity to make art as unique as you are. In this badge you will: 1. Explore Collage 2. Focus on Composition 3. Create With Color 4. Use Found Objects and 5. Share a Message

► Behind the Ballot – In a democracy like ours, voting isn’t just a right—it’s a responsibility. It’s how you make your voice heard and make choices about how you think things should be done in government. In this badge, you’ll explore the importance of voting and find out about the electoral process in the United States and around the world. In this badge you will: 1. Find Out More About Elections 2. Investigate the Ins and Outs of Voting 3. Get Out the Vote 4. Plan a campaign and 5. Explore Voting in Other Countries

► Locavore – A locavore is someone committed to eating locally grown, seasonal foods. The efforts of locavores can be important—and delicious—steps toward healthful eating, helping the environment, and supporting local farmers. In this badge you will 1. Explore the Benefits and Challenges of Going Local 2. Find Your Local Food Source 3. Cook a Simple Dish Showcasing Local Ingredients 4. Make a Recipe with Local Ingredients 5. Try a Local Cooking Challenge

► Senior First Aid – As a Girl Scout Senior, you’re on the go—home, school, clubs, and activities. Wherever you are, you never know when you’ll find yourself in the middle of an emergency. Would you know what to do? In this badge, find out how to differentiate between minor and major injuries, provide emergency treatment in some life-threatening situations, and share important information about injuries or illness. In this badge you will: 1. Find Out How to Perform Triage 2. Know How to Help a Head or Neck Injury 3. Learn How to Use Everyday Objects to Make Splints 4. Recognize the signs of Drug Overdose and Alcohol Poisoning 5. Share Your Knowledge with Others

► Cross-Training – Whether you’re a competitive athlete, new to exercise, or want to improve your skills in surfing, hiking, or even throwing a Frisbee, this badge will help you customize a cross-training fitness program that’s effective and, most importantly, fun! The idea of cross-training is to incorporate a variety of cardio, strength, and conditioning exercises into a routine that trains your whole body. Ready? Grab your sweatband, and create a plan that’s perfect for your body, mind, and goals. In this badge you will: 1. Set Your Cross-Training Goal 2. Start a Stretching and Flexibility Program 3. Add a Cardio Element 4. Add a Toning or Strengthening Element and 5. Stay Motivated to Reach Your Goal

► Sky – The sky is a masterpiece. Every day it graces us with living art, whether through a glorious sunset, shifting cloud formations, or the stunning display of night stars. No wonder we take every opportunity to spend time outdoors. Our world is a stage, and the sky performs with beauty, wonder, and mystery. In this badge you will: 1. Watch the Skies 2. Investigate the Science of the Skies 3. Explore the Connection Between People and Flight 4. Help Clear Sky Pollution and 5. Create Sky Art


► Financing My Future – When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll have a plan for your educational future—including ideas on how to pay for it. In this badge you will: 1. Declare Your Dreams 2. Decide What You Need and Want 3. Go Comparison Shopping 4. Explore Your Financial Aid Options 5. Build a Blueprint for Your Future

► Buying Power – When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll know how to research and budget for a big purchase for yourself or your family. In this badge you will: 1. Compare Costs and Options 2. Conduct Consumer Research 3. Calculate the Long Term Costs 4. Investigate Ways to Find Better Deals 5. Create a Savings Plan for a Big Purchase


► My Portfolio - When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll be able to show college admissions officers and employers what I’ve learned from cookie sales experience. In this badge you will: 1. Create a Cookie Resume 2. Put Together a Cookie Portfolio 3. Get Feedback About How to Market Yourself 4. Write an Essay About What You Learned and 5. Learn How to Ace an Interview

► Customer Loyalty - When you’ve earned this badge, you’ll know how to build your cookie business by increasing customer loyalty. In this badge you will: 1. Show How Cookie Money Helps Girls 2. Connect With Future Cookie Sellers 3. Build Your Customer List 4. Create a Customer Appreciation Program 5. Keep Your Customer Connection Going All Year Long


► Troupe Performer - Performance is a powerful way to make an impact on an audience—and a perfect way to put your leadership into action. It's also a fun way to sharpen your communication skills, learn to handle stress with grace, strengthen your teamwork skills, and grow relationships and networks. Get out there and show your stuff—put on a show!

► Women’s Health – Nothings more important than good health—and, as a woman, we have unique health issues at every stage of our lives. How can you make the health decisions that are right for you, and what kinds of support are out there to guide you? Do this badge to find out! Identify health topics facing women in your community and across the globe, explore those that matter most to you, and—in the last step—reach out and raise awareness to spread good health to the women in your world.

► Website Designer – View the world with a web journalist's eyes, and you'll find the story in everything. Build yourself a safe space online, where you can show your readers what moves you and share stories and causes with friends. You might end up getting to know yourself a little better, too.

► Novelist – Share a meal with a historical figure, unearth ancient treasures, spend the summer in outer space or dancing flamenco in Spain—writing a novel lets you dream the world your way. As you write descriptions and dialogue, invent situations, and make up feelings, you'll experience the fun of a novelist's career: spending time with new friends (characters you've created) and in other worlds (those from your imagination). And you'll end up with something impressive to share in college admissions—a work of fiction you wrote yourself.

► Science of Style – Imagine farming silkworms to make raw silk, engineering a biodegradable fabric, or using chemistry to develop a cover-up that hides and heals acne scars. Fashion and beauty are glamorous businesses, but it's the science behind these industries that makes their products cutting edge and desirable. In this badge, use the science of style to create—and imagine—your own products.


► Adventurer - What kind of adventure speaks to you? In this badge, you'll go on a multiday high-adventure challenge. You could go rock climbing, spelunking, ice caving, skiing, canoeing, kayaking, biking, rafting—or a combination! Put your outdoor skills to the test—and gain some new ones—as you become a Girl Scout Senior Adventurer.

► Car Care - Driving is an exciting step toward independence, a chance to have fun going new places—and a big responsibility. In this badge, you'll master maintenance tips that keep a car in top form and driving skills that will help you rule the road safely.

► Room Makeover – Combine color, texture, glue, and paint to develop some serious DIY flair! Look around for a room that inspires you (a bedroom, study nook, corner of a family room) and use this badge to discover the design concepts and fix-it tactics needed to turn a simple space into a creative statement.

► Textile Artist – When you see all the colors and textures of fabrics and yarns, do you dream up a million things to do with them? Great ready to turn those visions into reality as you meet with artists, learn about the world of textile arts, and make two projects in the craft that most inspire you to pick up your needles (or loom or spinning wheel).

► Truth Seeker – We’re often told that we live in the age of information. It's true that we're surrounded by data—from TV, the Internet, and our friends. But not all information is created equal. Some is misleading, and some is downright wrong. It's important to know how to uncover the truth in what we see and hear, to judge sources on credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support for their claims. In this badge, you'll find out how to separate fact from fiction.


► Voice for Animals – As consumers of beauty products, clothing, and chicken nuggets, and as pet owners, horseback riders, or circus spectators, our relationships with animals play a big role in our lives. What are the specifics of the complex relationship between animals and humans? If you want to know more so that you can make informed choices—and help others make them, too, this badge is for you.

► Business Etiquette – No matter what your career dreams—astronaut, CEO, neurobiologist, rock star, or author—basic business manners will come in handy. From whether you wear those sparkly purple flats to how you hold your shoulders when asking for a raise to how you present your profile online, it all adds up to your business image. How will you showcase just what you're capable of?

► Traveler – Close your eyes and imagine the spoils of travel: different cultures, breathtaking vistas, exotic foods. You might picture zooming down a zip line in the Amazon, tasting a classic New York hot dog, or digging into local lore at the history museum next door. Whether you travel near or far in this badge, you'll get the travel savvy to make the most of your adventures now and throughout your life.

► Game Visionary – This badge is your chance to build friendships and community networks by leading a series of fun, inventive, and challenging games. Use your vision-of what's surprising, fantastic, team-building, and most of all, fun!—to invent some unforgettable activities. Making games is about pushing boundaries of creativity and possibility. It's not just about thinking outside the box, but getting rid of the box all together. Enjoy exploring your imagination.

► Social Innovator – Girl Scouts are always on the lookout for ways to help others and make a difference. But how do you go from identifying a social problem to developing a social solution? This badge will show you how! And with the skills of a social innovator in your pocket, you'll be able to create Take Action projects for your Leadership Journeys or your Gold Award that are useful, informed, and truly do change the world.


As a Girl Scout Senior, you can make your own badge once a year. It’s a great way to gain a skill you’ve always wanted! Visit, where you’ll find many designs to choose from – pick the one that represents your topic the best. Follow the directions and submit your design. The badge will be mailed to you later. In this badge you will: 1. Pick a Topic 2. Learn 3. Do 4. Share and 5. Design the badge

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