Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.  In 2016, Girl Scouts everywhere will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Girl Scout Gold Award! How awesome would it be to be awarded your Gold Award on its centennial?!

Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it.

ready to make a difference in the world?

Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journeys (or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey). Each journey you complete gives you the skills you need to plan and implement your project.

By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future. Check out the seven steps below.

  1. Identify an issue
  2. Investigate it thoroughly
  3. Get help and build your team
  4. Create a plan
  5. Present your plan and gather feedback
  6. Take action
  7. Educate and inspire

Start: You will need to fill out the Gold award proposal. From there the GAAB (Gold Award Alliance Board) will review your project and contact you with questions or an approval to start your project.

Finish: Once your project is completed, you will need to fill out the Gold Award final report. The GAAB will review your final paper work and contact you with questions or a congratulations.

To participate in council-sponsored Gold Award ceremonies and online book,
your final report must be filed no later than April 1.

The Benefits of Going Gold

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.

  • Higher education and career
  • Life skills
  • Community

Source: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study: A report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012