Girl Scout founder Juliette Gordon Low awarding the Golden Eaglet to a Girl Scout (1919)
Girls and adults can earn various awards and honors. Whether for exemplary service as a troop leader, or as part of bridging to their next level in Girl Scouting, it is important to recognize and support the accomplishments of our girl and adult members.
Girls and adults can earn some award badges and pins by meeting the requirements for the corresponding award. Other honors require nominations, either by peers, or by an adult who is familiar with how a girl exemplifies courage, confidence and character in her everyday life.
Highest Honors for Girls
Three Awards. One Life-Changing Experience.
We know you want to do good things for the world. Help the people who need it most. Protect animals that can't speak for themselves. Treat the environment with the respect it deserves. We know you have great ideas, ones that make a lasting difference. And that you're more than ready to work hard to put those ideas into motion. Girl Scouting's highest awards—the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards—are your chance to make a lasting difference in your community . . . and in the larger world.
Your Daughter At Her Best
Girl Scouts' highest awards are designed to help your daughter and her team make a lasting difference in your community. You'll find that your daughter grows into her best self. She'll become more focused, a better time manager, and a more effective team player. She'll grow in confidence. Inspire others. And set the stage for a lifetime of achievement. Girl Scouts makes the world smaller and the girl bigger.
See How Girls Are Taking Action
Visit Girl Scouts' interactive Map It! tool to see how girls are changing the world! It’s a great way for girls to get inspiration to take on their Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award . . . or to just see what other girls are doing to impact their communities.
National Young Women of Distinction
Watch those Girl Scout Gold Award honorees who have been selected as "National Young Woman of Distinction" discuss their community action project.
Girl Leadership & Mentoring Awards
Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors can earn awards for mentoring younger scouts. Requirements to achieve the Program Aide and Volunteer in Training (VIT) awards are outlined in the Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting.
Cadettes earn the Program Aide award by:
- Working with Brownie scouts to earn the LIA award
- Completing a council-designed Program Aide training course
- Planning a series of at least 4 activities with Brownie scouts
Seniors and Ambassadors earn the VIT (Volunteer in Training) award by:
- Working with a mentor and Daisy, Brownie or Junior scouts for 3-6 months
- Completing a council-sponsored leadership course
- Creating a journey or badge-based activity for younger scouts with 4 or more sessions
Check out our calendar of events for trainings and program opportunities.
Special GSSEM Girl Recognitions
Jennifer Barnum Spirit Award
The Jennifer Barnum Spirit Award is presented to a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who has demonstrated the true Girl Scout spirit. Nominees must show the courage and enthusiasm needed to embrace the Girl Scout spirit, not only during Girl Scout events but in her day-to-day activities as well. Girls must demonstrate the highest ideal of character, conduct, patriotism and personality in interactions with others. Recipients should be the embodiment of this quote by Juliette Low: “We shall make scouting so much a part of our life that people will recognize the spirit and say, ‘Why, of course, she is a Girl Scout.' !"
Tammie Murray Award
The Tammie Murray Award is presented to a Cadette, Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout who is actively involved in Girl Scouting and personifies the Girl Scout Law throughout all of her activities. She must have given outstanding service to others and her community, and she must have served as a role model and mentor to younger girls. She must have demonstrated leadership and commitment to her goals such as academics, sports or in mentoring younger girls.
Mackinac Island Honor Guard
During the summer, Mackinac Island is host to many Scouts who serve as the Governor’s Honor Guard. The Mackinac Island Honor Guard program began in 1929, when the State Park Commission invited eight scouts to serve as honor guards for the Michigan Governor. In 1974, the program was expanded to include Girl Scouts. Scouts raise and lower the flags in the city and in the fort, serve as guides in the historic buildings and fort, and complete a service project during their week-long stay.
Volunteer Recognitions & Honors
Our Volunteers Matter!
We recognize and appreciate the time and effort our volunteers expend and we strive to honor their dedication and contributions to improving the lives of girls and to making the world a better place.
Girl Scouts of Southeastern Michigan has a volunteer recognition awards program to honor our volunteers. Recognitions are awarded as tangible reminders of rewarding relationships and jobs well done. We honor those whose outstanding performance and contributions have become keys to the success of our programs, projects, and events - helping girls build confidence, increase skills, and reach their full potential.
Recipients are nominated by fellow volunteers, girl members and their families.
To nominate a volunteer, complete the nomination form for the appropriate award, found below. Most awards now require only one endorsement, and additional letters of support are optional.
Find out about our volunteer recognitions, their requirements, and application process by downloading our information and application packet today: