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Girl Scout Gold Award Go Gold

Gold Award

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. 

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold.   Learn about the Gold Award process at gogold online.

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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 registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

Our Council's Gold Award Process

Let's Get Started

Prerequisites

Girls must:

  • Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, and be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador.
  • Complete 2 Senior or Ambassador Journeys or one Journey if the Girl Scout Silver Award was earned as a Cadette.
  • Attend a GSSA GoGold Workshop (required!). Contact awards@girlscoutssa.org to schedule a workshop. Girls should attend this workshop as soon as possible after they begin 9th grade. Troop leaders are required to attend with the girls, and parents are strongly encouraged to attend.
  • Submit What Do You Think Form to GSSA (suggested, not required).

Gold Award Take Action Project

  • Project can benefit Girl Scouts with prior council approval.
  • Project is individually girl-led.
  • Suggested minimum time for completing the project is 80 hours per girl.

Money Issues

  • Do you have sponsors? Use this form so expectations are understood.
  • Fundraisers may be held to support your project. All fundraisers must be approved by the council in advance. See the  Money Earning Application form for more information.
  • Girl Scouts cannot raise money to be donated to another organization.
Present Your Plan and Gather Feedback
Register online to start your Gold Award Project

Submit Your Proposal

  • Begin by clicking on the image at left. You will create a GoGold online account where you will submit your Proposal, keep records, and stay on track as you work through your Gold Award process.
  • Paper forms are not accepted.
  • Proposals are due one month before interview date to allow for committee review. Email awards@girlscoutssa.org for an interview schedule. Interviews are scheduled monthly, alternating between Montgomery and Mobile.
  • Your Proposal will be reviewed by GSSA staff for accuracy, then forwarded to the Gold Award Committee, who will review your proposal and provide feedback on recommended changes, if any.

Interview with Gold Award Committee

  • You will be contacted by GSSA staff when the committee is ready to interview you. An interview date that is convenient for you and your advisor will be scheduled.
  • You will receive interview tips and instructions prior to your interview.
  • You will receive approval or a request for revision from the committee as soon as possible after your interview. You will have the opportunity to respond to the committee’s comments by email if needed.
Take Action
Implement your project
  • Once the committee has approved your Proposal, you may begin your project. Do not begin until you receive written approval from the committee!
  • As the project progresses, submit any major changes to the council for approval.
  • Remember to have all money-earning projects approved by the council in advance.
  • Document your hours and budget.
  • Take photos of your process -- they will help to visually "explain" your project.
Educate and Inspire

Final Report

  • Submit Final Report and all documentation through GoGold online.
  • Your Final Report will be reviewed by the Gold Award Committee, and you will receive feedback about recommended changes, if any.
  • Final Reports are due 1 month before the interview.

Final Interview

  • You will be contacted by GSSA staff when the committee is ready to interview you.
  • Select a date from the interview schedule that is convenient for you and your advisor. Interviews are scheduled monthly, alternating between Montgomery and Mobile.
  • You will receive interview tips and instructions prior to your interview.
  • You will receive an approval or request for revision from the committee as soon as possible after your interview. You will have the opportunity to respond to the committee’s comments by email if needed.

PR Packet


Questions about awards?  Please contact our Award Manager, Jeannie Napper.