Highest Awards – Volunteer Reference

Highest Awards

As in all of Girl Scouting, your role is very important to guiding and coaching the girls as they earn the awards.

Please visit the Adult Guides Page and one of the many Volunteer pages (left menu)  for resources as you work with girls.

As in all of Girl Scouting, your role is very important to guiding and coaching the girls as they earn the awards. You are choosing to use your experience and time to help girls live the Girl Scout Promise and Law, learn about themselves and the world around them, and make an impact in their community. You are guiding the girls on a fun and fulfilling experience. In so doing, you are preparing them for a lifetime of caring about others in their community and the world.

As girls become more confident in the skills they possess, they become their own best resource. As a volunteer, your role will be different at each award level. Learn more about how you can work with girls to make a difference in the world by downloading the adult guide.

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From the beginning of Girl Scouts, one prestigious award has recognized the girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.

The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of this tradition. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an “all-around” person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one.

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Today’s highest award, the Girl Scout Gold Award, was introduced in 1980 and remains the top award for girls to attain. The steps to earning the highest awards are rooted in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and the three keys to leadership: girls discover themselves and their values and explore the world, connect with others locally and globally, and take action to make the world a better place. Learn more about the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. If you have questions, please call or email our office – we would love to help!

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Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming is pleased to feature past Montana and Wyoming Gold Award recipients. Today’s feature is (VIDEO LINK)  Glasses_for_Ghana  a project completed by Shannon Gauer of Billings. Shannon is currently a student at the University of Minnesota and she received a Gold National Award scholarship from the university, valued at $16,000. Shannon’s mother, Anne, believes the work Shannon did on her Girl Scout Gold Award project, Glasses for Ghana, contributed to Shannon receiving the scholarship.

Shannon worked on her project from 2006-2008. She collected 1,500 pairs of glasses from people in the Billings area; the eye glasses were valued at $98,950 (if new).

Local eye doctors checked each prescription, and a local Registered Nurse traveled to Ghana on a medical and evangelical mission and fitted persons of all ages for eye glasses in Begoro, Ghana. Thank you, Shannon, for your insight to solving a problem for the less fortunate. We hope your project will inspire more Girl Scouts to Discover a problem, Connect, and Take Action… to find a solution while making the world a better place!

If you are a past Girl Scout Gold Award recipient, and would like to share your project to inspire others, please contact Andrea at  Your video needs to be 3 minutes or less.



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