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Go beyond badges and Journeys with special opportunities awards

Have your girls earned badges, explored the Journey awards, and are excited to add even more Girl Scout awards to their uniforms? Don’t worry, there’s so much more to the Girl Scout program beyond badges and Journey awards!

You can find a quick guide to Girl Scout insignia and pins, organized by grade level, on the Girl Scouts of the USA website. It covers every badge, pin, or other insignia available for Girl Scouts to earn. You can also find information on these awards and pins, with the requirements to earn them, in your age level’s Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting. Here are some of our favorites:

Safety Awards

Girls earn this award as they explore how they can stay safe on their adventures. Depending on the age level, girls may explore bicycle safety; create an emergency kit; learn to stop, drop, and roll; and more age-appropriate safety themed activities!

My Promise, My Faith

Earning this pin helps girls explore how Girl Scouting and their faith offer similar ideas about how to act—and how Girl Scouting can tie into your faith. Girls can earn this pin once a year, every year they are in Girl Scouts. Just choose a different line of the Law each year!

Mentoring Awards

Available for Juniors and up, girls earn these awards by guiding younger Girl Scouts through activities and showing them what they’ve learned. Check your Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for more information on the requirements for these awards.

Special Opportunity Awards

These opportunities vary by age level so it’s always best to check the insignia and awards for your Girl Scout’s grade level to see what she’s eligible to earn. You’ll find the World Thinking Day award, Cookie Activity Pin, Global Action award, and others in this category.


Review these with your Girl Scout and see what she can learn and do with Girl Scouts beyond her badges and Journey awards. Help her add some special opportunities pins and awards to her vest and more importantly some important knowledge and skills to her brain this year!

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