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What Cadettes Do


Life is a maze of relationships and this journey has Girl Scout Cadettes maneuvering through all its twists and turns to find true friendships, plenty of confidence, and maybe even peace. Learn More


Cadettes engage all five senses as they clear the air—their own and Earth's. Girls learn to assess air quality inside and out, getting an aerial view of everything from cigarette smoking to noise in the air to deforestation. Learn More


Cadettes look for the ME in media and learn how they can shape media—for themselves, their community and the world.MEdia helps girls think about who is responsible for telling all the stories they see around them and how can use their story to help "re-make" the forms of media they see around them. Learn More



Making true-blue friends, saving the planet, standing up against stereotypes, using their team power for the greater good—that’s what being a Girl Scout Cadette is all about.

Cadettes blaze new trails in the wilderness, write and direct their own movies, take the stage for public speaking, make delicious meals from around the world, and pick up tools to do some woodworking. Their curiosity and imagination lead the way as they try all kinds of new experiences.

As a Cadette, she might:


Choose an issue she cares about, then do something to make a difference as part of a Girl Scout Leadership Journey


Earn her Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette can earn


Get outdoors and off the beaten trail


Try out new experiences (and learn new skills) as she earns badges


Gain confidence as she mentors younger Girl Scouts (and earns her Program Aide award in the process)



Leadership Awards

Silver Torch Award

Be a leader and earn your Silver Torch award by first completing a Cadette 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

Community Service Bar
The Cadette Community Service Bar is 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

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!

5 Ways to Earn Leadership Award

5 Steps to Earn Leadership Award

  1. Choose which award you want to earn
  2. Complete the 2nd page of the application. Complete a separate application form for each Leadership Award
  3. Complete the award requirements
  4. Send in the application. A council contact will complete the 3rd page
  5. Once you’ve received the completed application, send or bring a copy, with order form, to Badge & Sash store to purchase the award

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

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Program Aide

3 Steps to earn the Program Aide Award

When you guide people or teach them something you know, you're acting as a mentor. As a Cadette, you have more opportunities to help younger Girl Scouts by sharing your skills, passions, and experience. More information about the Cadette Mentoring Awards can be found in the Cadette Girls Guide to Girl Scouting and Cadette Leadership Journeys.

  1. Earn one LiA Award
    As you complete your Girl Scout Cadette Leadership Journeys, you can earn one LiA or all three, it is up to you. While earning this award, you'll discover more about your abilities and passions as a leader.
  2. Complete council-designed leadership course training
    Council-designed Program Aide Training is two classes: a core training and a specialty course of your choosing. Use the calendar of events to locate a council-sponsored training, or groups of ten or more can request a training by completing the training request form. For a specialty training, consider becoming a Strong4Life Coach, or expanding your crafts, songs, games, and outdoor skills by taking trainings with adult volunteers.
  3. Work directly with younger girls over six activity sessions
    Use your new leadership skills to help younger girls learn something new. You can work with troops, daycamps, program events, or other groups to complete the 6 activity sessions. Need help locating younger girls to work with? Use the Girl Scouts ATL List to advertise!

Know that you have a unique opportunity to inspire the girls you're working with because they naturally look up to you as an example! Need assistance? Contact .

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