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
Have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Journey
Next, take Gold Award Training
(this training is for girls, but leaders or parents may attend to observe)
Check the Activity Finder for details on when training is scheduled in your area. For groups of 10 or more girls, an additional training can be scheduled for your group. 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.
Can be a great resource to coach you along your project but be sure to remind them that it’s YOUR individual project!
Can be a great support, but be sure to remind them that it’s YOUR project!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org, 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: You can do it!
This is when your project actually begins. Be sure to document your progress, take notes, and lots of pictures!
Please contact email@example.com so she can help you with media opportunities while you’re working on your project and we can help recognize your efforts.
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.
Finally, celebrate! Congratulations!
Congratulations to 2014 Gold Award honorees
Click the girls' names below to read more about her project.
Anne Martens, Monument, “Passion for Pits”
Monica Weller, Westminster, “Exchange Student Community Program”
Brianne Azuero, Aurora, “Passion for Pets”
Alexa Stringer, Boulder, “Free to be You”
Jordanne Stobbs-Vergara, Centennial, “Speak loudly and carry a confident smile”
Megan Dirksen, Lakewood, “A Dog’s Eye View”
Garrett Ann Nevins, Highlands Ranch, “Unifying Christmas”
Elisabeth Collins, Highlands Ranch, “Improvisation Sensation!”
Lindsey Romig, Littleton, “Aware”
Caitlyn Fitch, Northglenn, “Kicks for Confidence”
Annamarie Pritt, Rifle, “Wilderness Survival Camp”
Josephine Natrasevschi, Fort Collins, “Protect Yourself”
Natalia Suárez, Fort Collins, “¡A Nadar! Let’s Swim!”
Samantha Preston, Fort Collins, “T1D K.I.T.S.”
Michaela (Kailey) Byrne, Colorado Springs, “Faces Behind the Disease”
Ailee Rowe, Westminster, “Children Can Be Children”
Alisa Toland, Littleton, “Eyes on Uganda”
Katie Maes, Evergreen, “Mercantile Music”
Selena Wellington, Fort Collins, “Preventing Genocide”