Effective October 1, 2018, Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) has decided girls may do Silver and Gold Award projects for the benefit of the Girl Scout community.
In order to make sure that this change doesn’t dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, Silver and Gold Awards must still meet the requirements that are key to taking sustainable action, the project must:
Make a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond
Put the Girl Scout Promise and Law into action
Include provisions to ensure sustainability
Identify national and/global links to the selected issue
For Girl Scouts of Colorado, our focus will continue to be on the interests of girls when choosing a highest awards project. This means if a girl identifies a need within the GSCO community and feels passionately about it, she will be allowed to pursue that project by working directly with GSCO’s highest awards manger.
In addition to this policy, the GSCO Outdoor Program team will still not allow projects to be done on camp properties.
If you or your troop is interested in a Highest Awards project that you believe will now be allowed under this new policy, please reach out to highest awards manager Kaitie LoDolce at firstname.lastname@example.org prior to starting your project.