The Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest honor a Junior Girl Scout can earn, requires her to learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on her community. Working towards this award demonstrates her commitment to helping others, improving her community and the world, and becoming the best she can be.
Girls may work on the award individually or in a group. All of the requirements for the Bronze Award must be met before leaving Junior Girl Scouts. However, earning a Bronze Award is not a prerequisite for the Girl Scout Silver Award (for Girl Scouts 11-14) or the Girl Scout Gold Award (for Girl Scouts 14-17).
The Bronze Award has four requirements. To receive the award, a Junior Girl Scout must complete the first three before undertaking the Bronze Award project.
For more information, see the Junior Girl Scout Handbook.
Bronze Award Projects
Bronze Award Project will:
Address a need that requires a plan of action to meet that need. Not just casual community service hours.
Not be something that you have done before. Expand on skills, knowledge, experiences, and leadership abilities learned during previous year(s) as a Junior Girl Scout.
Reflect YOUR interests and abilities. Make sure you choose a project that will be fun, challenging and interesting.
Troop collects games and swimming gear for kids in need Junior Girl Scout Troop 1515 out of
Troop collects games and swimming gear for kids in need
Junior Girl Scout Troop 1515 out of
Happy socks make happy cats
Ten-year-old Juliette Caroline C. completed her Bronze Award this year for "Happy Socks." Happy Socks is an organization that encourages people to make catnip sock toys for cats in shelters. Caroline led Daisy Troop 565 in stuffing the socks, and she then sewed and delivered 50 sock toys to the Longmont Humane Society.
Louisville troop help homeless teens
To earn their Bronze Award, Troop 1753 from
Troops rally for their Bronze
Troops 837 and 269 organized a cookie rally for the troops in Horse Shoe Service Unit of Parker for their Bronze Award. The evening started with a skit choreographed by the two troops that showcased each Girl Scout Cookie with a personality trait and a physical fitness action. Then the rally hosts led their 120 guests through a series of stations to promote this year's cookie action theme. The participants enjoyed activities, such as jump roping and a life size Food Pyramid game, sales motivation with role play and making booth posters, and take home crafts of shoe lacing and aroma therapy pillows. They also collected family-friendly book, magazine and video donations for
Books for Bronze
Girl Scout Maya decided she wanted to do a book drive for her Bronze Award Project. With the help of her mom, she searched the Web and found Reach Out and Read. Reach Out and Read (ROR) is an innovative national pediatric early literacy program that introduces children as young as six months of age to the world of books through the combined efforts of pediatricians, educators and volunteer readers. Parents are provided with the information, support and materials they need to make books a part of their children's lives. Through ROR, Maya got in contact with
Luau Camp-in Bronze Award Project
The girls in Troop 299 wanted to bring all of our school's Scouts together to build a community within our walls. For their Bronze Award Project they planned and ran a Luau camp-in for 85 Girl Scouts and their leaders. Their event including a menu of Hawaiian foods, crafts of hibiscus hair flowers and sand art, a scavenger hunt and Hawaiian games such at the Limbo. Each girl attending made a flame with what they loved about Girl Scouting written on it. These were read and placed to create a "friendship camp fire." The evening program centered around the "camp fire" with a sing-a-long of new and traditional Girl Scout tunes. Everyone then settled down for an exciting sleep over in the school gym. This Bronze Project brought the Scouts together as a family.
Girl Scout makes blankets for the Bronze
Girl Scout, Sonny, of Castle Rock earned her Bronze Award by making receiving blankets for a local pregnancy center for those in need. The facility was in Albuquerque, New Mexico and was called "Care Net." She heard of Care Net needing baby items through her church. She purchased fabric with her cookie money earnings and her own babysitting money. She made more than 70 blankets. Sonny is an individual Girl Scout, so she accomplished the entire project on her own.
Sonny's main influence for her project was the Sewing Badge. She sewed a hem around the blankets, then cleaned and ironed them before delivering them. Her favorite part of the project was the actual sewing of the blankets and the thought of knowing that they would be bundling up little babies.
Entire troop earns Bronze and becomes Cadettes
This school year, every member of our troop, Girl Scout Troop 1692, earned their prestigious Bronze Award. Our troop's Bronze Award efforts focused on pets. To begin this award, we earned the Pet Care and Horse Lover Badges. Next, we helped younger troops learn about
Junior troop bridges Daisies and Brownies
My Troop 33 in the Dry Creek Service Unit at Betty Adams Elementary hosted a bridging ceremony for Girl Scout from their school, 15 Daisy (Troop 1266) Girl Scouts and six 3rd grade Brownies (Troop 1384). Troop 1266 bridged to Brownies, and Troop 1384 bridged to Juniors. The nine girls in my troop planned the event, decorated 21 paper bag vests, decorated a bridge by our school and then conducted the ceremony in front of more than 100 people. It was really cool! My troop earned their Junior Girl Scout Bronze Award by doing this. I am very proud of my girls and the pride they showed through this event. (From Troop Leader Kari)
Cat Food Care Packages
Troop 2841 from Westminster is crazy about cats. So much so that they created cat food care packages for their Bronze Award to donate to the Denver Dumb Friends League. The girls held a cat food drive at their school, crocheted cat toys and sewed cloth bags to put the food and toys in. Prior to this project, they worked for two years on other requirements for the Bronze Award, which included earning about eight other badges and recognitions related to leadership and personal growth. The girls learned from their project that 1) people are very generous when asked to help out a worthy cause 2) it feels great to help someone by doing a service project and 3) kids can make a difference.
Habitat for Humanity
Troop 2664 helped Habitat for Humanity provide a house for a low-income family in Arvada. While the girls were too young to actually build the house, they could help with making curtains, planting gardens, collecting food and cleaning supplies and building bird houses. After discussing the options, the troop decided to make curtains for the kitchen and one of the bedrooms.
"It was hard to make the drapes and it took a lot of time," said Andrea, a Girl Scout from Troop 2664. "We had to learn how to measure the windows, lay out the fabric and sew."
In October, the girls installed the curtains in the new Habitat for Humanity house. Through the process, they learned how to use a drill, screwdriver and level.
Girl Scouts rock for Yule Marble - Colorado's new state rock
Members of Girl Scout Troop 357 could barely control their excitement as Governor Bill Owens signed a law to make Yule Marble the official Colorado state rock on March 9, 2004.
"Colorado is known as the 'Rocky Mountain State,' and yet we have no state rock," said Laura M., 12. "Our Bronze Award project is to make Yule Marble Colorado's official state rock. Our official state mineral is Rhodochrosite, which is red and our state gemstone is Aquamarine, which is blue, and we would like to add Yule Marble, which is white. This is very patriotic."
The girls started working on their Bronze Award, the highest award a Junior Girl Scout troop can earn, in October 2002. They spent nearly 150 hours researching the rock, visiting a quarry, earning three badges, completing a community service project and getting endorsements from historians, geologists, politicians and even Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, a former geologist.
In October 2003, the troop contacted State Representative Betty Boyd, D-Lakewood, to learn about the process for petitioning the legislature and making a bill a law. After attending a couple of troop meetings, Boyd decided to use one of the five bills she is allowed to introduce each session to designate Yule Marble as the State Rock.
The girls have learned first-hand about the legislative process and how a bill becomes law. "We'd like to believe that even the smallest citizen has a voice in their government," said Emily C., 11.
a Girl Scout recruitment event/day
a uniform closet for Girl Scouts in your area
a special Girl Scout event for a Scouting in the School Day group
an after-school homework helper for younger kids
a food drive
a bike safety program with the local schools
a tree-planting weekend at a local park
activity boxes about the local ecosystem for use with younger Girl Scout troops
a guidebook of community resources for new leaders
a Flag Ceremony in a box. Collect materials for a proper flag ceremony. Type up & laminate procedures & commands for the ceremony. Make the box available to local leaders.
a videotape of yourself or your troop doing popular action songs. Make the tape available to leaders in your area.
a photo album of council camp sites for new leaders in your area. New leaders can check out the book to see what the different camp sites look like, so they can make an informed choice about where to take their troop.
Petal/Try-It/Badge Boxes containing the materials & information needed to earn the award. Make these boxes available to local leaders.
alphabet books for pre-schoolers in Head Start
a booklet or presentation about the different kinds of plant & animal life that can be found at the camp. Create a walking tour of the camp highlighting the various species that can be found there.
a local "patch" about your council
Learn to quilt, crochet, or knit, then teach it to others to make something for a local group.
Build and decorate bookcases and fill them with donated books for a shelter, Head Start, etc.
an illustrated what to do book for the area that includes kids activities, walking tours, annual events, fun things to do and see, local history, etc
an educational video on proper display, care, and disposal of the American flag
a book and game cart for a homeless shelter.
a perennial garden at an elderly day care center
puppets for a day care center
gifts for residents at a nursing home
Collecting food for the Humane Society and educating the public about unwanted pets
Food Drive/Hunger information
Homes of local elderly residents
Place you hold your troop meetings
Animal Needs Drive
Arts & Crafts Drive
Halloween Treats/Costume/Etc. Drive
Baby Supplies Drive
Winter Clothing/Coat Drive
School Supplies Drive
School Clothes Closets