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Girl Scout Gold Award Go Gold

Gold Award

Are you ready to make a difference in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to change the world—or at least your corner of it. 

By the time you put the final touches on your project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and you’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

Our local Gold Award Girl Scouts are changing the world! Take a look at our 2017 recipients and be inspried to change your community today. 

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Start Your Gold Award Application

Getting Started

Ready to Go Gold? Use our new online tool, Go Gold Online, to submit your proposal, track your progress, and earn your award! 

The resources below can also be used to work towards the Gold Award.

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Benefits of Going Gold

Benefits of Going Gold

Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

•  Higher education and career 
o Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
o Earn college scholarships
o Enter the military one rank higher

•  Life skills 
o Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
o Master time management skills
o Make the world a better place

•  Community 
o Use your vision for change
o Tackle an issue, locally or globally
o Establish a lifetime network
o Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem

Source:  Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012

Gold Award History

100 Years of Extraordinary Projects from Extraordinary Girls


As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you're part of an elite group of young women.

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouts from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouts. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

100 years later, girls continue to make a difference in their communities and the world. Looking for inspiration? Meet our 2016 Girl Scout Gold Award Girls

Going Above and Beyond

How To Go Above and Beyond

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue
Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about.


Investigate your issue thoroughly
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everythingyou can about the issue you've identified.


Get help and build your team
Form a team to support your efforts and help you take action.


Create a plan
Identify the root cause of an issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.


Present your plan and gather feedback 
Submit your Project Proposal Form to our Girl Scout Gold Award Committee for approval. 


Take action
Lead your team and carry out your plan.


Educate and inspire
Tell your story and share your results.