(This is an excerpt from a comprehensive article, which can be found here: gold_award.pdf. )
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. A national award, with national standards, it represents a girl's time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making their community better. The Gold Award project solves community issues and creates assets for the community in the future. It is more than a mere service project, as it challenges a girl to go beyond her prior experiences (and sometimes her comfort level) to take a leadership role in her community.
If leaders need any advice on helping girls develop their proposal, that's what we are here for! Please contact me and I will be glad to help.
Mary Anne Brutkiewicz