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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 Workshop. It is recommended that you submit your proposal within twelve (12) months of taking this training.
  • Complete steps 1-5 in the on-line GoGold system before submitting your proposal for approval. Your proposal MUST be submitted via the on-line GoGold system. Proposals in any other format will only be accepted with prior approval from council. To request such approval, please submit your written request to Member Care (membercare@gscm.org) detailing why you are unable to submit your proposal via the GoGold system. 
  • Once your proposal is approved, begin to "take action" while tracking your time in GoGold. Once you complete steps 6-7 via the on-line GoGold system you may submit your final report to Council for review. Your final report MUST be submitted via the on-line GoGold system. Final reports in any other format will only be accepted with prior approval from council. To request such approval, please submit your written request to Member Care (membercare@gscm.org) detailing why you are unable to submit your proposal via the GoGold system. 

Resources 
GSUSA's Gold Award Guidelines                                                                         How to Choose an Issue                                                                                    How to Develop a Realistic Project                                                                  The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award

 

 

 

FAQ

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 service 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 and lasting, 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 Committee?

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 Committee reviews files on a rolling basis. Generally, girls will receive an email within two (2) weeks of their submission letting them know the status of their file.

The Gold Award Banquet is held once a year, generally in March. In order to be invited to the banquet, your Gold Award Final Report must be submitted (and subsequently approved) in GoGold no later than December 31st of the year preceding the banquet, providing you are under the age of eighteen (18) and/or a current high school student, or equivalent. For example, if in December 2020 you are an eighteen (18) year-old high school senior, to be invited to the March 2021 Gold Award Banquet, your final report must be received in GoGold (and subsequently approved) by December 31st, 2020. If your final report is submitted (and subsequently approved) after December 31st, you will be invited to the following year's banquet. PLEASE NOTE that to receive the Gold Award, your final report MUST be filed (and subsequently approved) by September 30th of the year that you graduate high school or your 18th birthday (whichever comes later).