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What Seniors and Ambassadors Do

Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are ready to take the world by storm—and Girl Scouts will give them millions of ways to do it.

They can travel to amazing places like Costa Rica, Japan, or India; explore exciting careers in a variety of fields, from science to the arts to education to government; take on big projects and help others in a big way. And, of course, they can earn their Gold Awardwhich (by the way) adds that “little something extra” to their college applications. Seniors and Ambassadors are eager to spread their wings—and Girl Scouts helps them take flight.

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Interested in earning your Gold Award? You’ll be in great company. Check out some Gold Award projects and find out how to join the club.

 

 

Journeys

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Girl Scout Seniors know the world is not ideal. This journey is their chance to imagine a perfect world—for girls. They’re invited to create their vision as an art project—in any medium they choose. Then they’ll take action to make their vision a reality. Leaders, after all, are visionaries! Learn More

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Seniors investigate the food network (no not cable TV—the real one that gets each piece of food to the table). They plan and conduct a local "food forage" to scope out their "food print" choices, and talk to scientists, local growers, and business owners—and even global hunger experts. Learn More

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When it comes to sisterhood, what girls start can spiral outward and change the world. Through Mission: Sisterhood! girls see the stories of sisterhood all around them and grow as leaders by widening their networks and broadening their world. Learn More


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How often have you seen something that really needed to be changed and wondered, "Why isn’t someone doing something about that?" This journey gives Girl Scout Ambassadors a way to be that someone—an advocate with the power to start the first flutter of real and lasting change. Learn More

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Justice—for Earth and all its inhabitants—we all know what it is. Why is it so hard to achieve? By "Doing the Math" with even the simplest of acts, deciphering how decisions get made, and exploring how to use scientific evidence, Ambassadors will create and then present their own unique equation for what justice asks of us. Learn More

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Ambassadors learn to dream big, now and for their future, and begin their legacy as leaders who help others achieve their dreams too. Learn More

Badges

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Leadership Awards

Silver and Gold Torch (Senior) and Gold Torch (Ambassador)
Be a leader and earn your Silver and Gold Torch award by first completing a Senior Journey and then serving one full term in a leadership role.
Be a leader and earn your Gold Torch award by first completing an Ambassador Journey and then serving one full term in a leadership role.
The leadership role can be serving as your school’s yearbook editor, the President of a club, captain of a sports team or even on a Girl Scout planning board.

Community Service Bar
The Community Service Bars for Seniors and Ambassadors are awarded to girls who are exceptional volunteers.

Choose an organization that you are passionate about helping, ask them to provide a ‘volunteer job description,’ and get your Leader’s approval. This organization can be any 501-C3 (not Girl Scouts), place of worship, or non-profit. After you serve for at least 20 hours, you’ve earned the award.

Service to Girl Scouting Bar
Earn this award by completing at least 20 hours of service to Girl Scouting. Service examples include: helping your service unit, participating in a camp clean-up day, volunteering at day camp, serving as an office assistant at council, or helping at council events. Hours can be spread out among multiple events or projects, just as long as you’re helping your Girl Scout sisters!

For community service opportunities, post to or browse Girl Scout List Atlanta.

Teen Mentoring

Volunteer In Training
This award is for girls who’d like to mentor Girl Scout Daisy, Brownie, Junior, or Cadette groups outside of the camp experience. If you’ve completed ninth grade, you’re eligible to earn this award. Your VIT project should span a three to six month period.

3 Steps to Earning Your VIT Award:
1. Find a mentor volunteer who is currently the adult volunteer for a group of girls at the level you’d like to work with. This volunteer will help you through your internship, and you’ll help the volunteer with her group of girls for the three to six month period.
2. Complete a council-designed leadership course. Register on eBiz and complete all of the following courses:

  • Girl Scouting 101
  • GSGATL 102: Council Orientation
  • GSGATL 103: New Leader Basics
  • Age Level Basics (choose the age level of the girls you are mentoring)

3. Create and implement a thoughtful program based on a Journey or badge that lasts over four or more sessions. Be responsible for designing, planning, and evaluating the activities. If you’re passionate about a topic like art or technology, you could design the activities around the area you love or in which you have expertise.
If you don’t have a group or volunteer in mind, your Service Unit or Girl Scouts List Atlanta can assist you.

Counselor In Training II
Earn your Counselor-in-Training II (CIT II) award by first earning your CIT I award and then mentoring a group of younger girls through at least one camping experience while focused on increasing your skills in one specific area- such as riding instruction, lifeguarding, or the arts.

This is a great time to inspire young girls to develop responsibility, independence, and confidence.

Earn your Councelor-In-Training award by mentoring younger girls in a camp setting.

Steps to earn CIT award:
1. Take a council designed leadership course on outdoor experiences
2. Work with younger girls over the course of a camp session

Note: Service hours for both bars must be separate from those used towards other awards. Each bar represents a new project, and can only be earned once.

For assistance, contact helpline@gsgatl.org.

Gold Award

Step 1: It’s the Gold Award! Begin by completing Gold Award pre-requisite steps: either 2 Senior/Ambassador Leadership Journeys or if you’ve earned the Silver Award as a Cadette, complete 1 Senior/Ambassador Leadership Journey.

Step 2: Attend a Gold Award training class (registration through e-Biz) and check out the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Process and Timeline.

Step 3:Send in the Notice of Intent Form to be assigned a mentor to help you in the development of your Gold Award Take Action Project Proposal.

Step 4 Submit your proposal no earlier than May of your 9th grade year for Seniors and no later than 12th grade year for Ambassadors. Once the committee provides feedback and approval, it’s time to conduct your Gold Award Take Action Project.

Step 5:Submit your Gold Award Take Action Project Final Report. The GSGATL Gold Award Review Board will evaluate for final approval. You must submit before September 30 of your high school graduation year, or by your 18th birthday; whichever is later.

Step 6:Share your project with other girls! After you’ve received approval on your final report, post your story on Girl Scouts USA’s MapIt!

Step 7:Congratulations—you’ve just received the highest Girl Scout honor! Be sure to apply for scholarships when eligible. You will now be eligible to qualify for Council Women of Distinction.

For more information about the Gold Award, visit our Gold Award page under High Awards.