In addition to the Girl Scout Higher Awards (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) older Girl Scouts now have the opportunity to earn Girl Scout Service Awards. Cadettes, Senior, and Ambassador Girls Scouts may earn these awards upon completion of 20 volunteer service hours.
The Community Service Bar encourages Girl Scouts to make a difference in their community by practicing the values of the Girl Scout Law. Girls are asked to choose an organization in their community they are passionate about and complete at least 20 hours of service with that organization.
The Service to Girl Scouting Bar is similar to the other bar, but instead encourages Girl Scouts to volunteer with the Girl Scout organization – that could be with their local council office, their local service unit, or other local troops. Girls are also required to fulfill 20 hours of service to earn this bar.
Malia Urban, Girl Scout in Troop 10160 in Gowrie, is working towards her Community Service Bar by volunteering with JOY Camp in Okoboji this summer. Each summer, Urban spends time working with individuals with special needs at the 3-night summer camp. She assists with camp activities, mealtimes, and daily needs of the campers.
The mission of Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa fosters the growth of girls as they work to make the world a better place. Service Awards like the Community Service Bar and Service to Girl Scouting Bar are just another way that Girl Scouts can work to become an incredible leader and world-changer in our future.
To support Girl Scouts in Iowa as they work on service award projects, donate today.