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Gold Award Girl Scouts

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.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

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


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


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

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps


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


Thoroughly Investigate Your Issue
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you 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 your issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.


Present Your Plan and Gather Feedback 
Submit your Project Proposal Form to the 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.

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 to come! And even more, you’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

Our local Gold Award Girl Scouts are changing the world! Take a look at our 2018 recipients and be inspried to change your community today.

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Before You Start Your Gold Award Proposal

We’ve got several resources to support you in creating a winning proposal.

Girl Scout Gold Award Training

The online Girl Scout Gold Award training module (coming soon) is the necessary first step for girls preparing to Go Gold. Girls should complete this step prior to registering for a Gold Award Workshop. Parents and co-leaders are encouraged to view the online module to gain helpful information more about Highest Award requirements, paperwork, and the submission process.

Girl Scout Gold Award Virtual Office Hours

Virtual Office Hours are a unique opportunity for girls to call in and get their questions answered by a member of the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee or council staff. Schedule your virtual office appointment.

Girl Scout Gold Award Workshops

After completing the Girl Scout Gold Award online training, Girl Scouts can continue their journey toward earning the highest award in Girl Scouting by attending this interactive workshop. The Gold Award Workshop walks girls through each step of the process using hands-on tools found in our newly created Girl Workbook (coming soon). Each girl receives a Girl Workbook to take home. Visit Activities to register for an upcoming workshop.

Girl Scout Gold Award Rubric

The Girl Scout Gold Award Rubric is designed to provide girls with a bird’s-eye view of the requirements necessary to earn the Girl Scouts’ highest award. For additional information on each requirement and associated paperwork consult the Girl Workbook (coming soon).

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!

Submit Your Proposal to the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee for Review

Proposals and final reports are due by the first business day of each month for review by the Gold Award Committee. Incomplete proposals will not be reviewed; incomplete final reports will be delayed for approval. The average turnaround time from the date of your submission is 6 weeks from the date received until you hear from the Gold Award Committee, please plan accordingly.

Along with your proposal you’ll want to submit your parent/guardian’s information sheet, project advisor’s profile, detailed project outline, and proposed project budget. For more information on submitting these supplemental forms refer to the Girl Workbook.

The resources below are helpful tools when working toward the Girl Scout Gold Award:

Girl Workbook (coming soon)

Gold Award Proposal

Gold Award Final Report

Girl Scout Gold Award Adult Volunteer Guide

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 Enlist at a higher pay grade in the military

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

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 2018 Girl Scout Gold Award Girls

Going Above and Beyond

How To Go Above and Beyond