Leadership Awards

Girl Scout Bronze Award

The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior (grades 4-5) can earn, gives girls a chance to develop the teamwork and planning skills they need to follow through on a community leadership project. Planning to earn a Girl Scout Bronze Award? The Bronze Award packet helps keep everything organized!

Girl Scout Silver Award

The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (grades 6-8) can earn. The first four requirements of the Girl Scout Silver Award are to: help girls build skills, explore careers, gain leadership skills, and make a commitment to self-improvement. Planning to earn a Girl Scout Silver Award? The Silver Award packet is the place to start. 

Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open to Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9-10) and Ambassadors (grades 11-12), this prestigious award challenges girls to change the world - or at least their corner of it. Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results. 

Gold Award earners are part of an elite group of women. Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities and the world. In the past, the Gold Award has been known as the Golden Eaglet, the Curved Bar, and the First Class.

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas, including:

Higher Education & Career

  • Distinguish themselves in the college admissions process
  • Earn college scholarships
  • Enter the military one rank higher

Life Skills

  • Be seen as a role model and leader
  • Master time management skills
  • Make the world a better place


  • Use their vision for change
  • Tackle an issue locally or globally
  • Establish a lifetime network
  • Create a community legacy by creating a sustainable solution to a problem
Interested in pursuing a Gold Award? Check out the Gold Award packet

2014 Gold Award Earners 
This year Girl Scouts of Alaska honored its eight Gold Award earners at the annual Young Women of Distinction luncheon:
  • Sierra De La Cruz, Troop 680, Anchorage – "Make the World a Better Place," which established a club at South Anchorage High School dedicated to organizing and executing community service projects;
  • Ellie Hakari, Troop 620, Palmer - "Project Twila," which addressed the need for outdoor fitness for seniors;
  • Emilyanne Lohrey, Troop 4009, Juneau - "Whale Skeleton Display," which raised awareness of the negative impact of human-generated debris on marine wildlife;
  • Sarah Miller, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Entry Sign," which installed a directional sign and flower bed at the entrance of Chugiak Elementary School;
  • Diane Murph, Troop 4115, Petersburg - "Electrifying GS about Green Energy and Projects," which taught girls in grades 6-8 about renewable energy;
  • Nicole Nelson, Troop 4009, Juneau - "Fuel the Spark for Art," which installed a permanent, rotating student art exhibit at the Juneau International Airport;
  • Margaret Wallace, Troop 664, Chugiak - "Covenant House Awareness," which brought students together for a clothing and electronics drive to benefit Covenant House Alaska; and
  • Lydia Weiss, Troop 149, Chugiak - "Concrete Bench at Peters Creek Park," which installed a peaceful place for people to sit and enjoy Peters Creek.

The 2014 luncheon was held March 26 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. More than 300 attendees turned out for the event, which featured speeches from four of the Gold Award earners. 

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Girl Scout alumna and member of honorary Congressional Girl Scout troop Troop Capitol Hill, addressed the girls via video. Deborah Bonito, wife of U.S. Sen. Mark Begich and a former Girl Scout, presented the girls their Gold Awards. GSAK CEO Sue Perles, GSAK Board Chair Mary Siroky, and GSAK Board Second Vice Chair Beth Nordlund addressed the girls and luncheon attendees.

Though there was no charge for the luncheon there was a suggested minimum donation of $100, and many donated more. Corporate donors included Alaska Commercial Company, ConocoPhillips, Donlin Gold, and Wells Fargo. 

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L to R: 2014 Gold Award earners Ellie Hakari, Sarah Miller, Sierra De La Cruz, and Diane Murph 


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