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Girl Scout Silver Award Training

GSWIBC Online Silver Award Training for Girls and Adults.

Eliza Zimmerman

on 4 December 2014

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Transcript of Girl Scout Silver Award Training

The Girl Scout
Silver Award

What is the Silver Award?
The highest award a Girl Scout Cadette can earn.
Shows that you are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving your community.
This award is a chance to show off your strengths and learn new skills.
Only Girl Scout Cadettes in 6th-8th Grade can earn this award.
It counts as a step towards the prerequisites of the Gold Award.
This Training will:
Review the requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award.
Review Money Earning Policies.
Answer Frequently Asked Questions.
Basic Requirements
All girls must:
Be a registered Girl Scout Cadette.
Complete all eight steps to the Silver Award.
Research, develop and put into action their plans with guidance from adults.
Turn in a final report to the GS Council.
The 7 Steps to the Silver
1. Go on a Cadette Journey.
2. Identify issues you care about.
3. Build your Girl Scout Award
team OR decide to go solo.
4. Explore your community.
5. Pick your Take Action project.
6. Develop your project.
7. Make a plan and put it into
8. Reflect, share your story, turn
in your Girl Scout Silver Award
Final Report and celebrate!
Step 1
Go on a Cadette Journey
Girls must complete one of the Cadette Girl Scout Journeys. The choices are:

See the next several slides for a quick review of each of the themes so you can pick the right book for you.
Learn about air quality and how to "clear the air" around you. This book delves into air pollution as well as noise and attention pollution.
You will develop a take action project based on an air issue of your choice.
You will earn the Aware, Alert and Affirm Awards.
Learn tools to help you navigate the twists and turns of life. This book focuses on interpersonal relationships.
You will develop a take action project based on using your relationship skills to create more peace in the world.
You will earn the Interact, Diplomat and Peacemaker Awards.
Learn about our media and discuss the many ways that women and girls are portrayed.
You will develop a take action project that tells us how your reality should be better portrayed in the media.
You will earn the Monitor, Influence and Cultivate Awards.
You have accomplish Step 1 once you have finished a Journey and achieve all three awards incorporated into it.
Adults...please remember to review the Adult Guide for each Journey. The girl book is meant to be a keepsake journal and does not contain complete instructions for earning the Journey.
Remember to "take detours" or go on tangents as needed if you find an interest or skill you wish to learn more about. These interests could possibly lead you to a Silver Award project idea later on.
Step 2
Identify Issues You Care About
Step 7
Step 6
Step 5
Step 3
Step 4
Step 8
Reflect, Share and Celebrate
Make a Plan and Put It Into Motion
Explore Your Community
Build your team OR go solo.
Pick Your Take Action Project
Develop Your Project
Is it endangered species?
Jot down some issues in your community that concern you in the "Issues Chart" in your Silver Award Packet.
Start by asking yourself what matters most to you.
To solve a problem, you must first identify it.
Is it bullying in your school?
Is it homelessness?
Brainstorm on your own and then compare your results with your friends.
For the Silver Award, you can choose to work with a team or work solo.
If you choose to work as a team please remember to:
Keep your team small, only 2-4 girls.
All girls in the team are committed to the project.
All girls must play an active role in choosing, planning and carrying out the project.
If you choose to go solo, please remember:
You will still want to partner with members of the community, friends and family to make your project successful.
No matter which path you take, make sure to check out the tips on being a good team member and leader in your Silver Award Packet under Step 3.
It's time to go out and get to know your community.
What resources are there than you can use during your project?
If I am interested in children's health issues, is there a hospital in town?
Walk around your community and map out resources that may be of use.
Am I interested in animal rights? Is there Humane Society nearby?
Track your ideas on your "Community Contact List" under Step 4 of the Silver Award Packet. Then go back and talk to them about what issues they see on a day to day basis. Use the interview tips in your packet to help you get ready for the conversation.
Now that you've thought about all the issues you care about and explored your community, it's time to chose your project.
Remember to:
Review your Issues Chart, community map, and interview notes.
Choose a project based on what matter to you most or where you think you can make a positive change in your community.
Narrow your issue down if needed. Don't pick an issue that is so big you don't know where to start.
Make sure everyone on your team or helping you is clear about your project and is committed to it.
It's time to make a plan!
Use the questions listed in your Silver Award Packet under Step 6 to help you develop a full timeline and plan for your project.
This includes:
A budget for any supplies you will need.
And specific deadlines for goals.
You will also want to keep in mind how you want this project to last beyond your involvement. You put a lot of work into this project! Who will take over when you move on to High School?
Fill out your project plan and make sure you have all of the steps planned out well.
Figure out who will be taking responsibility for each part of your plan.
Then carry out your plan and do your project.
OH...and don't forget to document your project. Take pictures and journal your experiences so you can share later.
When you are all finished with your project you must tell the Girl Scout Council. Fill out the Silver Award Final Report form and turn it in.
Share your story! Tell younger Girl Scouts about it, tell your school about it, tell everyone you can about the hard work and pride you have for a job well done!
You can find the Silver Award Final Report at http://www.gsbadgerland.org or by emailing girlawards@gsbadgerland.org.
You can celebrate one of two ways.
Plan your own Awards Ceremony or recognition event in your community.
Attend the council wide Girl Scout Awards Ceremony in March.
If you choose to have your own ceremony, your troop leader will have to contact the local GS Shop to get the pins.
If you attend the Girl Scout Awards Ceremony, a Silver Award Pin will be presented to you from the GS Council.
Money and the Silver Award
Things girls/troops
Girls must have an adult do the "ask". An adult must sign all documents related to a donation.
Girl Scouts can not earn money for another organization. You can not give proceeds from a fund raiser directly to another agency.
Things girls/troops
Girls can share with donors why they need the items or money they are asking for.
Girls can raise money for their project, then buy items and donate items to another agency.
All troops must always follow the policies in Volunteer Essentials on money earning including getting approval for additional fund raising and tracking all donations over $50.
Can an "Individually Registered Girl Scout" (IRG or Juliette) earn the Silver AWard?
Yes! the only difference is that IRG's/Juliettes have different money earning requirements. Contact your Membership Specialist for help with the policies.
Can a Silver Award Project focus inside of Girl Scouting?
No! Silver Award projects must extend beyond the Girl Scout Community. All events and projects must benefit an audience outside of Girl Scouts. This is to help girls extend their network and expand their leadership skills.
Who approves a troop or girl Silver Award Project?
The troop or group leader gives the final approval for all Silver Award projects. If the adult has questions about whether a project is appropriate they are encouraged to call the Girl Scout Council.
How do I know if the project is appropriate for the Silver Award?
Ask yourself the following questions:
Does the project get to the "root cause" of the issue?
Does this project fill a need in the community that isn't currently being met?
Is the project safe?

If you answered "yes" to all of the questions, you are on the right track. You can call the Girl Scout Council if you are still unsure.
Who do I contact with questions?
Eliza Zimmerman
Program Specialist - Girl Leadership
800-236-2710 x 3030

You can also contact your Membership Specialist - Retention for questions.
Who is a Project Advisor?
A project advisor is someone that is an "expert" in the issue you are focusing on.

For example...if I am working on animal rights issues, I could choose the Executive Director of the Humane Society.

Your Project Advisor will be required to sign your Silver Award Final Report Form.
What are the suggested hours for the Silver AWard?
The suggested minimum time for earning your Silver Award is 50 hours. Once you finish your Journey requirement you can start counting your hours.

They are "suggested" because everyone's project is different. One girl may spend 70 hours on a project while another spends only 49. Both are OK.
To get the most out of this training, please use:
The GSUSA Silver Award Packet
The Silver Award section from the Cadette Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
to help you.
Please fill out the online form found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6HKKM7C
to get credit for this training and also to give us feedback.

Thank You!
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