Following member’s feedback and concerns about the accessibility of girls trying to get their section Gold award, we are updating our Programme by introducing a section Bronze and Silver award from January 2020. This change to the programme will affect all units from Rainbows to Rangers.

Why have you introduced the section Bronze and Silver awards?

As we’ve rolled out the new Programme across Girlguiding, we’ve been listening to feedback from our members on challenges they are facing as they begin to deliver programme in their units.

One of the challenges we are aware of is around the achievability of the section Gold award, especially for girls who might not join right from the beginning of the unit age range, or who have been on a waiting list for a long time.  

We’ve been listening to our member’s concerns and the introduction of these awards aims to alleviate the pressure on leaders surrounding section Gold awards and motivate all girls to achieve a top section award.

This suggestion has come directly from members, so we are pleased to be able to announce the release of these awards, and we hope that you and your girls will enjoy them too.

What are the criteria for the section Bronze and section Silver awards?

For girls to achieve their section Bronze and section Silver awards they must complete the following criteria:

  • Section Bronze award: a girl needs to complete any two Theme awards from her current section.
  • Section Silver award: a girl needs to complete any four Theme awards from her current section.

There is no final challenge for the section Bronze or section Silver award.

When will these new awards be available to buy?

They will be available from end of January, we’ll confirm the exact date and cost of the badges and certificates in the new year. Leaders will be able to buy the new badges and certificates from their local badge secretary – you can call the sales and info team to find your nearest badge secretary.

We’re creating new page inserts to ensure all section badge and awards books and section handbooks are up to date following the introduction of these new awards. They will be available to download from the Girlguiding website in January and anyone that purchases a new badge and award book or section handbook from the Girlguiding shop will receive these new inserts with the resource.  

We’re also working on adding these awards to GO in the new year, we want them to automatically tell you when a girl has reached a Bronze, Silver or Gold award – we’ll let you know when this change has been added.

Will the programme training resources be updated to include these two new awards?

Yes, we are currently hard at work updating our programme training resources to reflect these new changes, ready for the launch in the new year. This includes programme e-learning modules, webinar and in-person training, as well as handouts and guidance.

For more information on updates to programme training contact us at