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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.

COVID-19 Update

Gold, Silver and Bronze Award Girl Scouts are the youth leaders their communities need to create solutions to the new and ever-changing challenges that arise from this global pandemic.
We recognize the impact of the COVID-19 closures and ‘stay at home orders’ are having on Girl Scouts who want to earn the highest awards. We’re committed to supporting girls with the time and space they need to adjust to these changes, so when they’re ready, they can safely harness their enthusiasm and facilitate meaningful solutions with their communities!

To ensure all Girl Scouts who want to earn the Highest Awards this year have the opportunity, Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines is offering a 3-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020 for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award) and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year.

These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively. Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020.

             

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent)

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

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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

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

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Thoroughly Investigate Your Issue
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you've identified.
 

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Get Help and Build Your Team
Form a team to support your efforts and help you Take Action.
 

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

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Present Your Plan and Gather Feedback 
Submit your Project Proposal Form to the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee for approval. 
 

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Take Action
Lead your team and carry out your plan.
 

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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 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts and be inspired to change your community today.

Our Gold Award Committee is accepting applications!

Leaders or Gold Award Girl Scouts: interested in mentoring and guiding an older girl as she pursues the highest award a Girl Scout can earn? Complete the Gold Award Committee Interest form here.

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Before You Start Your Gold Award Proposal

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

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Girl Scout Gold Award Orientation

Girl Scout Gold Award orientation is the necessary first step for girls preparing to go Gold. This online training module will provide you with foundational knowledge about going Gold! Girls should complete this step prior to registering for a Gold Award Workshop.  

Girls pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award are required to complete our Girl Scout Gold Award Orientation.

Parents/caregivers and co-leaders are encouraged to view the online orientation to gain helpful information about the Girl Scout Gold Award requirements, paperwork, submission and approval process. 

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Girl Scout Gold Award Workshop

Once you’ve completed the orientation, take a deep dive into the Gold Award process, at a Girl Scout Gold Award Workshop. This is the perfect place to really dig into your Gold Award! 

Each workshop is facilitated by a Gold Award committee member or GS-NCCP staff member and designed to provide a hands-on experience for girls going Gold.  We’ll take you through steps 1-7 of the Gold Award process utilizing GoGold and our sample community issue.  New to mind mapping, no worries!  We’ll mind map our sample issue to help you get your feet wet.  Got questions about ensuring sustainability or tracking measurability, both critically important to your project?  We’ll tackle both of these topics as well as establishing a global impact. Go ahead, bring all your questions!

Workshops are hosted throughout the year across our footprint.  Visit the Activities tab to register for an upcoming workshop. 

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A Girl's Guide to Going Gold

Need help differentiating between a community service project and a Take Action project or need a better understanding of how to build your team?  Have questions about money-earning or grant writing? Need a checklist to be sure you’ve completed all the requirements?  We've got you covered! A Girl’s Guide to Going Gold is a robust resource that walks you step-by-step through the Gold Award process from writing a winning proposal to submitting a gold-worthy final report.  Some of the additional topics include:

  • Benefits of Going Gold
  • 7 Steps to Gold
  • Budget Planning Guide
  • Opportunities for Gold Award Girl Scouts

A Girl’s Guide to Going Gold complements the Gold Award Orientation and the Gold Award workshop, which is why you’ll receive a copy of this resource when you attend a hands-on Workshop.  Alternatively, you can download a copy to preview here!

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GSUSA Girl Scout Gold Award Youtube Videos

In these new videos, the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will speak directly, girl-to-girl, sharing their best practices, and focusing on how they actually did their Gold Awards.  

The first Gold Award video is now available for girls to view on the GSUSA YouTube page. This video reviews the five key elements of a successful Gold Award and what those really mean for Girl Scouts.

Bookmark this channel and visit it often, more Gold Award videos coming soon!

Start Your Gold Award Application

So you’ve completed you online orientation and are ready to begin your journey toward Gold? That’s awesome! 

First and foremost, you’ll need access to GoGold.  This is where you’ll find resources, documents, council forms, and the Girl Scout Gold Award toolkit that includes items such as a standards of excellence tracking sheet, tips for going Gold, planning guides, and best practices to guide you through each step of your Gold Award.

GoGold even provides you with resources to help you stay organized and keep everything in one place! And the best part-it’s available all day, every day!  GoGold is easy to navigate and helps girls efficiently and effectively capture their Take Action project, which is why beginning February 1, 2020 all Girl Scout Gold Award proposals must be submitted via GoGold.

Get started at GoGold.  Be sure you have you’re the following information handy to setup your account:

  • Make sure you use YOUR e-mail, not your mom’s or troop leader’s.
  • If you earned your Girl Scout Silver Award, have the information about your project and when you earned it on hand.
  • You’ll also need to know what Journeys you completed and the date or dates they were completed.
  • Troop leader’s contact information. If you’re a Juliette (individually registered Girl Scout) you’ll need a parent’s or your Juliette mentor’s email address.

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 detailed project outline, and proposed project budget. For more information on submitting these supplemental forms refer to A Girls Guide to Going Gold.

Gold Award Help

Hit a Roadblock?

The expertise of the Gold Award committee is just a phone call away!  Take advantage of our virtual office hours at your convenience.   Virtual office hours are a unique opportunity for girls (as well as parent/caregivers) to call in and get their questions answered by a member of the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee or council staff.  Click here to request a 15-minute time slot to discuss your project with the Gold Award Committee. during Girl Scout Gold Award Office Hours.

GSUSA Girl Scout Gold Award YouTube Videos

In these new videos, the 2019 National Gold Award Girl Scouts will speak directly, girl-to-girl, sharing their best practices, and focusing on how they actually did their Gold Awards.  

The first Gold Award video is now available for girls to view on the GSUSA YouTube page. This video reviews the five key elements of a successful Gold Award and what those really mean for Girl Scouts.

Bookmark this channel and visit it often, more Gold Award videos coming soon!

Girl Scouts North Carolina Coastal Pines is committed to ensuring that girls of all abilities are able to achieve the Gold Award. Please email girlawards@nccoastalpines.org to request reasonable accommodations.

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  • Step 1: Complete online Orientation and attend a Gold Award workshop.
  • Step 2: Register for GoGold Online.
  • Step 3: Complete the Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal and Final Checklist
  •  Step 4: Complete the Proposal through Go Gold online including your zip file
  • Step 5: (Read Carefully): Complete and turn in your Final Report. IF you have already had your Project Proposal approved prior to July 2018. IF you are starting your Project Proposal after April 2019, use the GoGold Online platform for ALL submissions.

GS-NCCP will no longer accept paper Girl Scout Gold Award Proposals. All proposal submissions must be completed using the GoGold Online platform.

The Gold Award Proposal form lists the questions that will need to be answered in Go Gold. As you plan your project, please ensure that you are able to answer these questions. Take notes and craft your answers before you enter them in Go Gold. 

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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 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

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

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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