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Teen Leadership

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

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: GSofSI 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.


Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois will award a scholarship to two GSofSI Graduating Girl Scouts who stand out in Girl Scouts, leadership, school and service to the community.

To be eligible, girls must be a registered Girl Scout Ambassador who is graduating high school in 2019. You must also fill out the scholarship application and have one person fill out the reference form and submit by February 27, 2019. Applications and reference form can be mailed to #4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL 62034, dropped off at either GSSI service center or e-mailed to

Girl Board Member

Council offers the opportunity for 2 girls to serve as Ex Officio Girl Board Members each year. 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 at the council level.

Girls must be 14 years of age or older by the application deadline. Applicants must also be willing to meet, in-person or via conference call for at least 90% of meetings scheduled, attend regional delegate meetings and attend the council's Annal Meeting in Mt. Vernon, IL. Additional requirements are listed in the application form

Applications can be mailed to #4 Ginger Creek Parkway, Glen Carbon, IL 62034, dropped off at either GSofSI service center or e-mailed to