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1.2.2.6. Teen Leadership

Teen Leadership

Girl Scouts make great leaders, and there are lots of awards that teen Girl Scouts can achieve.

Three National Leadership Awards are offered to Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.  These awards showcase a Girl Scout’s leadership and service.  These awards include the Silver Torch Award (Cadette), Silver and Gold Torch Award (Senior) and the Gold Torch Award (Ambassador), as well as the Community Service Bar (Cadette, Senior and Ambassador) and the Service Bar to Girl Scouting (Cadette, Senior and Ambassador).  Bring your National Leadership Awards Report Form to the council shop to purchase your awards.  (Note: GSSI does not need to approve the organization you are working with prior to beginning your service for the Community Service Bar.

When girls guide or teach others, they act as mentors.  An exciting part of a Girl Scout’s development, teen mentoring is a win-win proposition!  As teen mentors, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors gain experience by sharing skills, testing knowledge and trying out new leadership roles.  For the girls being mentored, it means a chance to be with and learn from teens – some of their favorite people!

Teen Mentoring Awards include Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training I and II and Volunteer-in-Training.  By earning these awards, girls from sixth grade up can deepen their understanding of what leadership development means and get excited about guiding others.  The Program Aide and Counselor-in-Training awards have a long history in Girl Scouting, with the Volunteer-in-Training award represents and updated approach to the Leader-in-Training award.  Check out our VIT online course.