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As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to change the world—or at least your corner of it. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

  • You're in high school (9th - 12th 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

 How to Go Gold

  • Take the Gold Award Online Training. You must be 13 years or older to register for this online course. By clicking this registration link, you certify that you are at least 13 years old. Use the code "gogold". 
  • Take the GoGold Workshop (less than three months before submitting your proposal).
  • Complete your Gold Award Proposal
  • Submit your final report
  • Have a form or other document that needs to be uploaded? Please drop them into the folder as a PDF.

Chelsea’s Light Foundation Gold Award Scholarship
GSUSA's Gold Award Guidelines 


What is the scope of a Girl Scout Gold Award project?

The Girl Scout Gold Award projects are meant to be more than a service project. Collecting food for a homeless shelter or cleaning up a park can be a wonderful Silver or Bronze project, but the Gold Award must go beyond that. The Girl Scout working toward her Gold Award must choose an issue she cares deeply about and develop a project that will have a positive impact on her community.

Is the Girl Scout Gold Award an individual or group project?

The Take Action project is an individual project. Girls are to gather a team of individuals who will help her complete her project. Working on a project team is a life-skill.

What is the role of the Gold Award Advisory Panel?

This is a group of volunteers, including past recipients of the Girl Scout Gold Award, dedicated to helping you succeed. The panel will review the size, scope, and cost of a project and make recommendations to ensure that it is an appropriate Gold Award project. Your individual Project Advisor’s job is to support you by answering questions you may have about the requirements and your project.

Important Deadlines

The Gold Award Advisory Panel meets the third Thursday of every month, during the school year, and if necessary, in June, July and August. In order for your final report to be reviewed at that meeting, all necessary paperwork must be received at GSCM Council offices by 5:00 PM on the second Thursday of the month. Girls will receive an email within four weeks after the meeting.

Final reports must be received by January 15th in order for the Gold Award recipient to be invited to the Gold Award banquet the following Spring. For High School Seniors only: ALL final paperwork must be received by GSCM Council by September 30th after a girl graduates from high school or by her 18th birthday (whichever comes later). Gold Awards will NOT be awarded if paperwork is not received by this date.