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Girl Scout Gold Award

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting. It symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in the areas of leadership, community service, career planning and personal development. A girl must be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador and have successfully completed specific requirements before she may begin working on the Girl Scout Gold Award project. This special project is an extension and a compilation of all that she has learned in Girl Scouting. Would you like to learn more about the History of the Girl Scout Gold Award?

Gold Award Training

The Gold Award training will help you learn all the elements of the Gold Award. The Prezi training is powered by you and will move at your speed. At the bottom part of the training screen are a left arrow and a right arrow to use to move through the training. Click here to view the Gold Award training. Once you have completed the training, complete and submit the form at the bottom to let us know you have taken the training.

Gold Award Overview

A Girl Scout Gold Award project is an individual project; not a group project.

  • Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador) or Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey (Journey 1 & 2 working through the 10 sessions, each session is approximately 60-90 minutes of program development activities)
  • Individually girl led; girl selects and recruits Project Advisor
  • Take action on a community issue the girl cares about
  • Leadership Award training is required and can be done online
  • Help and guidance provided by Volunteer(s)

Project Hours

In addition to these requirements, the suggested minimum hours to complete the steps to the Girl Scout Gold Award are 80 hours. These suggested hours are a guide, not a rule. Not all projects will require the same length of time to complete, from planning to sharing and celebration. The time it takes to earn the award will depend on the nature of the project, the size of the support team, and the support of the community. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours.

Take Action Project

  • Individual Take Action Project that makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond.
  • The Gold Award Take Action Project is separate from the Journey Take Action Project.
  • Puts the Promise and Law into action
  • The Take Action Project includes provisions to ensure sustainability.
  • Girls identify national and/or global links to their selected issue. They learn from others and develop a plan to share the results of their project beyond the local community.


  • Gold Award project proposals must be approved by Gold Award committee before the project can begin. Before a proposal can be submitted, girls must contact Jessica Foster or 888-623-1237 ext. 1504 to schedule an interview.
  • After the interview has been completed, girls will need to submit their Gold Award proposal online
  • Girls will be notified via email if their proposals have been approved by the Gold Award committee.

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Gold Award Resources

Are you ready to start on your Gold Award Project? GREAT! Below are all the forms you will need to get going and propose your project.

Gold Award Girl Guidelines
Gold Award Project Proposal
Gold Award Final Report
Gold Award Budget Sheet (Word doc)
Gold Award Time Log (Word doc)

Gold Award Project Ideas

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Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Important Dates

Gold Award Application
Due to Service Center
Committee Review
Gold Awards
September 14, 2015 September 21, 2015
October 5, 2015 October 13, 2015
November 2, 2015 November 9, 2015
December 7, 2015 December 14, 2015
January 11, 2016 January 19, 2016
February 1, 2016 February 8, 2016
March 7, 2016 March 14, 2016
April 4, 2016 April 11, 2016
May 2, 2016 May 9, 2016
June 6, 2016 June 13, 2016
July 11, 2016 July 18, 2016

The deadline for the final Gold Award final reports September 30. Girls that have turned in paperwork by the deadline will be honored at the annual Gold Award Ceremony on April 9.

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Benefits of Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award

A young woman who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award has become a community leader. Her accomplishments reflect leadership and citizenship skills that set her apart. An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them.

Although Girl Scouts of the USA does not award scholarships to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients, GSUSA does publish the Scholarships for Girl Scouts Directory, which lists these schools and community organizations which offer financial assistance.

Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. The achievements of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients are acknowledged by many government and non-profit organizations.

For further information about the Gold Award, or for assistance, contact Jessica Foster at 888-623-1237 ext. 1504.