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Gold Award

Gold Award training

Check the Activity Finder to find a training near you. Don't see one listed? Check with your local Gold Award staff contact.

Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

Gold Award Fact Sheet (from GSUSA)
Gold Award Manifesto YouTube Video
Stationary Template
Scholarships and also check here
Gold Award Facebook Page

First, complete the pre-requisites
The requirements for applying to earn your Girl Scout Gold Award are simple. You must:

  • Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
  • Be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador member
  • Have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Journey

Next, watch Gold Award Training (3 videos posted at right)

Contact your local Gold Award Staff contact with questions.


Then, register on the GSUSA Gold Award Web App and start planning your project

You can complete and save information as you work through the 7 Project Steps. From this point, your project is expected to take you individually about 80 hours.

1. Choose an issue: See page 9-11 of your toolkit, and use this handout for ideas: GoGold-Project_Ideas
2. Investigate: Use the mind-mapping tool – page 12 of your toolkit
3. Get help: See page 13 of your toolkit


Community Project Advisor This is an adult you choose, who is knowledgeable about your project topic. This person cannot be your parent or troop leader.
Gold Award Committee Mentor You’ll meet this person after you submit your proposal. Their role is to ensure your project meets all Gold Award requirements and help keep you on track.
Troop Leaders Can be a great resource to coach you along your project but be sure to remind them that it’s YOUR individual project!
Parents Can be a great support, but be sure to remind them that it’s YOUR project!
Council Staff Email, or view the contact list for your region
Other team members You get to build your own team, to make sure to include people who are also passionate about your project, and rely on them for help!


4.  Create a Plan: See page 14-18 of your toolkit – there are 2 project examples if you’re getting stuck

5.  ** Present your Plan and Get Feedback **

  • The council will be notified and you will need approval to move forward and begin working on your project.
  • Allow 4-6 weeks to actually present your project to the committee. The presentation is a way to verbalize the contents of your     plan. You should have all details figured out and be able to answer any questions about your project (don’t forget about your leadership role, budget, timeline, how your solution is sustainable, and a global link).
  • After your presentation, the project will either be “approved”, “approved with conditions”, or “needs improvement”. You’ll be notified within a day or two of your interview (or sometimes during the interview) and can then start your project.

6. Take Action: 

  • This is when your project actually begins. Be sure to document your progress, take notes, and lots of pictures!
  • Please contact so she can help you with media opportunities while you’re working on your project and we can help recognize your efforts.
  • Take action to address the root cause of an issue, so that your solution has measurable and sustainable impact
  • Actively seek partnerships to achieve greateer community participation and impact for your Take Action project.
  • Challenge yourself to try different ways to solve problems.
  • Speak out and act on behalf of yourself and others.

7. Educate and Inspire: See page 19 of your toolkit

  • When your project is complete, you will be contacted to give a final presentation.
  • Your Gold Award Committee Mentor can help you prepare for the final presentation.
  • Your final project must be approved before Sept. 30 of the year you graduate high school.
  • To be included in spring celebrations, final reports must be submitted by March 1 each year (reports received after March 1 will be included in the following spring celebration, or in a fall celebration). If you submitted your proposal before the GSUSA “My Gold Award Web App” was available (August 2013), you may submit your final report through the GSCO online form
  • To be recognized in council communications and through your local press, please take a few minutes to fill out the following information.
  • In this step, you’ll tell your story and share your results with the community. 
  • Share your story beyond your local community and inspire others to take action in their communities.

Finally, celebrate! Congratulations!