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Teen Leadership

Girl Scouts make great leaders, and there are lots of awards that teen Girl Scouts can achieve. 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 change to be with and learn from teens - some of their favorite people!


National Leadership Awards

 Three National Leadership Awards are offered to 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: Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois does not need to approve the organization you are working with prior to beginning your service for the Community Service Bar.

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.

Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship

Girl Scouts from Southern Illinois who are graduating in 2021 can apply to receive a Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Outstanding Graduating Girl Scout Scholarship!

To be eligible, girls must be a Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating high school in 2021 and registered member of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Girls must also fill out the scholarship application and have one person fill out the reference form and submit both by March 22, 2021.

What is required in the essay section?

Essay - Answer all 3 sections ahead of time and upload to this application. The form does not save partially filled out submissions, so make sure to have your essay ready to upload when you fill out the form.

1. What Girl Scouts Means to Me - Briefly explain what Girl Scouts means to you. What have you gained from being a part of Girl Scouts? What was the most memorable part of your Girl Scout career?

2. Attitudes and Abilities - Please give examples of the following that demonstrate your attitudes and abilities, keeping in mind the Girl Scout Promise and Law:

  • Leadership
  • Initiative
  • Cooperation
  • Enthusiasm
  • Respect for Authority
  • Open Mindedness
  • Awareness and Concern (for the world around you)

3. Contributions - Please answer the following 4 questions.

a. What contributions have you made to Girl Scouting in your troop, service unit, council or another Girl Scout council?

b. Did you earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Awards? If yes, describe your projects, who or what inspired you and what impact you think your project had.

c. Did you participate in a GSUSA Destination? If yes, where did you go? Explain your experience and what you learned.

d. Did you participate in any leadership opportunities? This would include Program Aide, Counselor-in-Training, Leader-in-training, earning the Service to Girl Scouts or Community Service bars or the Torch Awards.

Nominees are selected from a panel based on a variety of criteria including a personal essay, achievements in and outside of Girl Scouts, character based on the Girl Scout Promise and Law, community engagement, and a recommendation from a personal reference. 

Ex Officio Girl Board Member

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois is seeking girls age 14 or older to be ex-officio board members. We currently have two (2) positions open. An ex-officio member can give input to policies and other governance matters, but does not have a vote. This position provides a great leadership opportunity for girls wanting to be more involved. All interested girls must review this postition description and complete this application.

Applicant Requirements:

  • Must be a registered member of Girl Scouts.
  • Must be 14 years of age or older by the application deadline, March 15, 2021.
  • Must be willing to meet, in-person or via conference call for at least 90% of board meetings (6 total board meetings in 2021), attend regional delegate meetings, and attend the council’s Annual Meeting, which is being held virtually on March 25, 2021. 
  • Must attend a teleconference interview with the Board Development Committee.


Older Girl Advisory Board

The Older Girl Advisory Board allows Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors the opportunity to serve as an advisory team providing programmatic input to the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. By lending a voice to a movement that wants, needs and values girl-led contributions, the team will play a significant role in shaping the ongoing work of the council. Learn more about this opportunity!

The following girls have been selected to serve on the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Older Girl Advisory Board from January 1, 2021 - September 30, 2021:

  • Kaylie Adams - Cobden High School, Girl Scout Senior
  • Elizabeth Back - Anna-Jonesboro High School, Girl Scout Senior
  • Mary Buchanan - O'Fallon Township High School, Girl Scout Ambassador
  • Sarah Huller - O'Fallon Township High School, Girl Scout Amassador 
  • Hayley Kelly - Triad High School, Girl Scout Senior
  • KayLee Melton - East Alton Wood River High School, Girl Scout Ambassador

Interested in applying for next term? Applications will be available in August for the October 1, 2021 - September 30, 2022 term. Girls may serve up to two consecutive one-year terms.