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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.

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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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Educate and inspire
 

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Take action
 

Our Council's Gold Award Process

Let's Get Started

Let’s Get Started!

Download the Gold Award Guidelines and the  Gold Award Volunteer Guide

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, and be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador. The Girl Scout Gold Award must be earned as an individual. The project may not benefit Girl Scouts, but must benefit the community.

Gold Award Deadlines and Due Dates
Girls in 9th-11th grades may submit Proposals or Final Reports quarterly on or before February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. Paperwork that arrives after these dates will be held to the next quarter. Interviews with the Gold Award Committee will be scheduled as soon as the committee members’ schedules allow.

Girls in 12th grade have a deadline of February 1 to submit Proposals and May 1 to submit Final Reports. Interviews for graduating seniors will be scheduled as needed to meet their time constraints. Projects must be completed and approved by September 30 after graduation to qualify for a Gold Award.

Suggested Timeline for Earning the Gold Award:
Journey(s) – summer after 8th grade through 9th grade
Gold Award Training – 8th or 9th grade
Steps 4-8 – 10th-11th grade

First Steps

These first three steps can be completed in any order, before beginning step 4.

  • Attend a Gold Award Training Workshop, or contact awards@girlscoutssa.org for one-on-one training (awarrd training is required!)

  • Complete 2 Senior or Ambassador Journeys or 1 Journey + Silver Award. Cadette Journeys cannot be used for the Gold Award

  • Submit “What Do You Think?” Idea Form to council (suggested, but not required).  This form is for you to use to try out an idea. You can email us an idea, before you spend time researching all the details. Send more than one if you want! This is not your formal proposal.
Proposal and Interview
Register online to start your Gold Award Project

These steps must be completed in order:

Step 4: Submit Your Proposal 

Begin by clicking on the image at left. You will create an online account where you will submit your proposal, keep records, and stay on track as you work through your Gold Award process. Proposals must be submitted online via the GoGold site, so that all members of the Gold Award Committee can access it.

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.

Step 5: Interview with Gold Award Committee

  • Your interview will be scheduled after your Proposal has been reviewed by the committee, and recommended changes have been made.

  • 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.
Implement your Project

Step 6: 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 committee for approval.

  • Do you have sponsors? Use this form so expectations are understood.

  • Fundraisers may be held to support your project, and all fundraisers must be approved by the council in advance. See the Money Earning Application form for more information.

  • Remember to take photos of your process -- they will help to visually "explain" your project
Documentation and Final Interview

Step 7: Submit Final Report and All Final Documentation through your GOGold online account

  • Your Final Report will be reviewed by the Gold Award Committee, and you will receive feedback about recommended changes, if any.

Step 8: Final Interview with Gold Award Committee

  • Your interview will be scheduled after your Final Report has been reviewed by the committee, and recommended changes have been made.

  • 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.


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