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Service Award

Service Awards

Girl Scouts care about others and love helping out! Girl Scouts offers a variety of awards to recognize girls who have gone above and beyond to help other Girl Scouts or their community in a meaningful way.

National Leadership Awards


Community Service Bar: 
When you earn a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador Community Service bar, you are making a difference in your community – and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. It’s also a great way to get involved with a cause you care about.

To earn a Community Service Bar, first choose an organization you’d like to volunteer with. The organization will need to agree to give you instructions about the work you’ll be doing. You must fill out the Community Service Bar Application to get council approval before you begin. Once you’ve chosen your organization and received council approval, complete at least 20 hours to earn the bar. Then, submit your time log and remaining application pieces to council for final approval of your service.


Service to Girl Scouting Bar:
If you choose to volunteer at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization as a Cadette, Senior, or Ambassador, you can receive the Service to Girl Scouting Bar. For example, you might volunteer your time at a special event for younger girls, be an office assistant for your council or service unit, or help with special projects. Council approval is not needed before beginning, but be sure to submit your time log and the Service to Girl Scouting Bar Application after completion of your hours.


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


The President's Volunteer Service Award:
The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens, including kids ages 5 and up, who have achieved between 26 and 250 hours of service to their community over a 12-month time period. Hours spent on the Girl Scout Gold, Silver or Bronze award also count towards the minimum number of hours for the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Meritorious Service Awards

Every Girl Scout is prepared to do heroic things. When a girl receives one of the following awards, she’s being honored for doing something exceptional, such as saving someone’s life. These are national awards.  Applications for these lifesaving awards are reviewed by our council and final approval is given by Girl Scouts of the United States of America. To request an application form email or call 1-800-798-0833.

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Medal of Honor:
 This award 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.


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Bronze Cross:
 This award is given to a girl who has shown extraordinary heroism or risked her life to save another’s.