Girl Scouts' Apache Service Unit to host ceremony for highest award

On Sunday, Aug. 12, Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois' Apache Service Unit will host a ceremony presenting Girl Scout highest awards to local Girl Scouts from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Grand Heritage Ballroom at The Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way. The unit represents Girl Scouts in Burlington, Elgin, Lily Lake, Plato Center and South Elgin.

The ceremony will include recognition for local Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Junior (fourth and fifth grades) can earn, and the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest award a Girl Scout Cadette (sixth through eighth grades) can earn.

The event also will include a flag ceremony and a bridging ceremony where Girl Scouts walk across a bridge to signify their advancement to the next Girl Scout level.

Girl Scout Juniors who earn the Girl Scout Bronze Award represent what Girl Scouts can achieve in their communities.

Earning the Bronze Award involves completing a Girl Scout Journey and a suggested minimum of 20 leadership hours spent building a team, exploring a community, choosing a project, planning it, putting it in motion, and marketing it.

Leadership hours help girls think through their commitment to doing their very best with each step. Girl Scouts who earn their Bronze Award demonstrate they have the courage, confidence, and character to make a difference in the world around them.

Girl Scout Cadettes who earn the Girl Scout Silver Award prove they are leaders who are organized, determined, and dedicated to improving their community.

Earning the Silver Award involves completing a Girl Scout Journey and a suggested minimum of 50 leadership hours spent identifying critical issues, creating a team or choosing a solo option, exploring a community, and then producing and implementing a Take Action Project.

Girl Scouts who earn their Silver Award establish themselves as trailblazers who have used their knowledge and skills to positively change their own surroundings.

Girl Scouts' new national PSA, "Lifetime of Leadership," heralds the organization's legacy of fostering female change-makers and preparing girls for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Featuring notable Girl Scout alums in fields such as technology, politics, media, and sports, the PSA showcases the positive change these powerful female leaders have created through activism, speaking up, breaking glass ceilings, and more - and illustrates the importance of Girl Scouts in providing girls with the leadership experiences they need to make their voices heard and effect change. To watch the PSA and for more information, visit

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