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Community Service

GSNI Community Service Opportunities for Girls

Community Service offers many benefits in helping Girl Scouts to develop strong leadership skills. Identifying needs within a community and making a plan to address those needs is a skill used by leaders. Applying public speaking skills when networking and making connections with others are also key leadership qualities. Community Service helps girls to recognize and understand how to apply their own knowledge, skills, and resources to achieve their goals as well as develop their confidence in realizing they can do great things. In return, this service creates a positive connection between Girl Scouts and local communities.

Council Service Opportunities

Letter-Writing Service Project (COVID-19)

Girl Scouts have always stepped up in times of need and our current COVID-19 crisis is no different. We are proud of all that our service units, troops, staff and girls have done so far to support our community—and the world—during COVID-19. We are also proud to be a part of the larger Girl Scout Movement, which is serving our country and our world. Now, we are proud to share resources to engage in a Movement-wide letter writing campaign to support those in our community who need us most.

The idea is simple: Girls write letters to people in nursing homes, senior residences, and assisted living facilities, including the dedicated and heroic staff who are caring for them. This long-distance hug is a way to share your good thoughts with these vulnerable and loved community members.

For instructions on how to write and send letters for Troop Leader click here. Instructions for girls click here.

Share your story of letter writing with the greater Girl Scouts Movement by sharing on social media with #GirlScoutsGiveBack.

Mask-Making Service Project (COVID-19)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that everyone wear masks when they go out in public to slow the spread of the novel (new) coronavirus and help people who may have the virus and not know it from transmitting it from others.

The Girl Scouts Give Back Mask Making Project provides instructions for Girl Scout troops to make masks to help keep adults and kids in our communities safe while going outside, running errands, and conducting essential work during this period of COVID-19. These mask guidelines are in keeping with CDC guidelines for homemade cloth coverings. They are not medical grade masks.

Instructions for Troop Leaders          Instructions on How to Donate Masks

The Mask Making Project includes options for safely distributing completed masks to your community, including how to share masks with local food bank staff, volunteers, and client families through Feeding America. Here’s how it works:

  • Girl Scouts troop leaders will be encouraged to visit and enter their zip code to identify their local FA food bank. The mailing address is also available online.
  • The troop leader will contact their local food bank in advance and let them know the masks are coming, confirm delivery details, and usage. Sample letter to local food bank.
  •  The troop leader will pack up masks for delivery by mail or drop off to food bank.
  • The food bank will determine where the donated masks are most needed – for food bank staff, volunteers or client families – and distribute them accordingly.
  • Optional: arrange for photos of masks being delivered or distributed for social media (done in a way that complies with social distancing requirements.) Troop leaders will be encouraged to tag @feedingamerica and @girlscouts.

The Mask Making Project is part of the Girl Scouts National Service Project. Completed masks can be counted as part of the National Service Projects here.

GSNI Days of Service

Days of Service GSNI is excited to offer several organized service events for Girl Scouts throughout the year.

▶▶ More information on GSNI Service Days coming soon.

Share Your Service Stories

We love to know about the service projects you or your troop are completing within your communities. Tell us your story and you might be featured in a GSNI publication! Submit your stories and photos to

Paths of Leadership

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Community Service Bar

Community Service Bar

Girl Scouts who are very active make a difference in their communities! To earn this award, girls choose a community organization to work with (check with Customer Care for approved organizations), receive instructions, and complete at least 20 hours of service.

  1. Choose an organization to help. 
    The organization will need to agree to give you instructions about the work you'll be doing.
  2. Get council approval email with the subject Community Service Organization Approval.
  3. Complete at least 20 hours of service.
  4. Submit the Service Bar Report form
Service to Girl Scouting Bar

Service to Girl Scouting Bar

Girls at this level often volunteer to help at special events at the service unit or council level with younger girls or other special projects. Once a girl completes at least 20 hours of service, she is eligible to earn this award. 

  1. Complete at least 20 hours of service.
  2. Submit the Service Bar Report Form.
Torch Awards

Torch Awards

There are two steps to earn this award—complete one journey and serve for one full term in a leadership position!

Girl Scout Cadette Silver Torch           

Girl Scout Senior Silver and Gold Torch         

Girl Scout Ambassador Gold Torch

Girl Leadership

These awards focus on mentoring younger Girl Scouts. 

Read our Teen Mentor Leadership Guide to find out more.

Junior Aide

Girl Scout Juniors can earn this mentoring award by making and completing a plan to work with Daisies or Brownies on one of their Journeys.

Leader in Action (LiA)

Leader in Action (LiA)

Cadettes earn the LiA award by assisting Brownies as they work on a Journey. There is a LiA award for each Journey. Complete requirements can be found on GSUSA’s website and in the Brownie Leadership Journey Adult Guides.

How to earn the LiA while working with the most recent Journey.

Teen Mentor Leadership Guide

Program Aide Training (Training In-a-Box)

Program Aide Training

All council led In-person Program Aide Trainings can be found on the Activities Calendar.

Program Aide Training In-a-Box

If your troop or group is unable to make it to an in-person training, request our Program Aide Training In-a-Box. This training should be completed with a minimum of five girls. 

Complete the form below to request the Program Aide Training In-a-Box:

Cadette Program Aide Award

Cadette Program Aide Award

Earning the Cadette Program Aide pin is a three-step process. A Girl Scout Cadette must:

  • Earn one LIA Award
  • Complete Program Aide Training
  • Complete 25 hours of service with younger Girl Scouts

After completing the first two steps, girls will need to work directly with younger girls for a minimum of 25 hours or a minimum of 6 separate activity sessions.

Cadette Program Aide Time Log


Volunteer-in-Training (VIT)

Seniors and Ambassadors who would like to mentor a Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette group, outside of camp, can earn this award. There are three steps to this award—work with an adult mentor, complete a GSNI leadership course, and create and implement a program for girls based on a Journey or badge. The VIT project should cover a three-to-six-month period.

Teen Mentor Leadership Guide

Girl Leader Feedback Form & Time Log


Counselor-in-Training I (CIT)

Seniors can earn this award by mentoring younger girls in a camp setting and build skills toward becoming a camp counselor. Girls must complete CIT I Training held at a GSNI resident camp and work with younger girls at camp.

Teen Mentor Leadership Guide

Counselor-in-Training II

Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II)

Ambassadors can earn this award after earning their CIT I Award and working with younger girls at a GSNI resident camp while focusing on increasing their skills in one specific area, such as lifeguarding or the arts. Girl Scouts who earn this award will be eligible for paid employment at GSNI resident camps.

Teen Mentor Leadership Guide

Community Leadership

These award focus on the leadership skills of project management and team leadership and culminates in the Girl Scout Highest Awards of Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold. All three awards challenge girls to complete pre-requisites and then develop and implement a sustainable project to solve an identified problem in a community.

Girl Scout Bronze Award

Girl Scout Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award a Junior can earn. Once a troop completes a Junior Journey, they can begin to plan and carry out their Bronze Award Project. As girls complete their project, they’ll develop more confidence, meet new people, and work with other Girl Scouts to make a difference. The minimum hours required to complete a Bronze Award Project is 20 hours per girl. A troop or individually registered girl who submits their final Bronze Award Project report will receive a GSNI Bronze Award Certificate for each girl.*

Find out more.

Girl Scout Bronze Award Final Report

Girl Scout Silver Award

Girl Scout Silver Award

Going for the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette can earn, gives girls the chance to show they are a leader who is organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community. Cadettes can begin to work on their Silver Award project once they complete a Cadette Journey. Girls can work individually, or in groups of up to four girls, each completing 50 hours as they plan and implement their Silver Award project in their community. Once a girl submits her final Silver Award Project report, she will receive a GSNI Silver Award Certificate.*

Find out more.

Girl Scout Silver Award Final Report

Girl Scout Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award an individual Girl Scout can earn. Earning the Gold Award has many benefits including scholarship opportunities and the ability to enter the military one rank higher. Once a Senior or Ambassador completes the prerequisites—completing two Journeys or earning her Silver Award and completing one Journey—she can begin to plan her individual Gold Award project. She must submit a project proposal before implementing her project plan. The proposal is reviewed by a volunteer Highest Awards Committee. The committee will meet with the girl to discuss her proposal. Gold Award projects must address the root cause of an issue, be sustainable, have a global impact, and be a minimum of 80 hours of one individual's time.*

Find out more.

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