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Leadership Awards

The President’s Volunteer Service Award

The Girl Scouts of Central & Western MA (GSCWM) is a certifying organization for The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA). GSCWM offers current girl and adult members the opportunity to earn this award each year. GSCWM’s certification year runs September 1st- August 31st.

The PVSA recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period. Recipients earning this distinction receive a PVSA pin, a certificate of achievement signed by the President of the United States and a congratulatory letter from the President. Awards may be showcased on college applications.

There are three levels based on the volunteer’s age and the number of hours earned during a one-year period beginning September 1st and ending August 31st of the following year. Hours are measured over a 12 month period and awards are designated based on cumulative hours. The awards are offered in multiple levels and designed to recognize each milestone of your service achievement. Levels include bronze, silver, gold and the highest honor, the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for those who contribute more than 4,000 hours of service in their lifetime.

For Questions about the GSCWM President’s Volunteer Service Award criteria: contact Katie Chappell .

How to Get Started:

Obtain a GSCWM application and service hour log from either GSCWM service center or download/print both forms from the link below. Maintain the service log according to the rules listed below and turn it into Katie Chappell at or via mail to Girl Scouts of Central & Western MA, 301 Kelly Way Holyoke, MA 01040, ATTN: Katie Chappell by September 5th each year.

Award Recognition:

GSCWM will host an award ceremony in the fall of each year, which all honorees will be invited to attend at our Holyoke and/or Worcester Leadership Centers. 

Resource & Documents:

For more details about the PVSA
FAQ’s regarding the PVSA
GSCWM guidelines for Hours for PVSA
President's Volutneer Service Award Documentation of Service Hours 
GSCWM President's Volunteer Service Award Application

National Leadership Awards

As Girl Scouts, we take pride in providing service to others and doing what we can to make the world a better place.  To recognize older girls, Cadette- Ambassadors, for their dedication and commitment to both their Girl Scout community along with their own communities, girls can be recognized with the following awards: Community Service Bars, Service to Girl Scout Bars, and Torch Awards.

Please review the info below, along with the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting book for each age level.  For more information, please contact your Membership Services Specialist.

Hours used to earn this award should be unique to each Leadership Award and cannot be applied towards other Girl Scout awards. Each bar and award represents a new project and can only be earned once.

Community Service Bars

Community Service Bars recognize Girl Scouts who are making a difference in their community - and practicing the values of the Girl Scout Promise and Law. It is a great way for girls to get involved in a cause they care about. To earn the bar, girls must develop a partnership with an organization and get council approval before starting to provide service.

To get a partnership approved, please complete and submit the following Community Service Bar application to your Membership Services Specialist. Upon review, you will be notified via email within 2-3 weeks of the status of your application.  Once the partnership is approved, girls must provide at least 20 hours of service. When you have completed the 20 hours of service, you can take your log of hours and submit them to your troop leader for approval to earn the Community Service Bar. You or your troop is responsible for purchasing your Community Service Bar from the GSCWM council store.

Download the Community Service Bar application form here or in the forms section under “Program” in the search field.

Service to Girl Scouting Bar

Service to Girl Scouting Bar is for a Cadette- Ambassador Girl Scout who volunteers at least 20 hours to the Girl Scout organization. Some examples are: volunteering to run a series for a younger girl troop; plan a special one- time event for your service unit; be an office assistant for your council; or help with special projects. You are responsible for keeping a log of your hours and the tasks you have completed and your troop leader will approve your Service to Girl Scouting Bar.  You or your troop is responsible for purchasing your Service to Girl Scouting Bar from the GSCWM council store.

Torch Award

Cadettes- Ambassadors who act as a leader in their community can be awarded the Silver Torch Award by completing the two steps listed below:

1)    Complete a Girl Scout level Leadership Journey
2)    Serve for one full term in a leadership position

A leadership position can be completed at your school, place of worship, library, town council, community center, after-school club or a similar organization. For example, you might serve as school yearbook editor, on the student council or serve a term on an event planning board.  Your length of service will depend on the term specified by the organization you are working with but should be anywhere from three months to one year. You are responsible for keeping a log of your hours and the leadership role you have completed and your troop leader will approve your Torch Award. You or your troop is responsible for purchasing your Torch Award from the GSCWM council store.

Resources & Documents:

Community Service Bar Application