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Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world. Join a century of women who have done big things!

Girl Scout Gold Award pin

You Can Pursue Your Gold Award if:


You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Step 1

Learn about developing a quality project by completing the Going for the Gold training online.

The online training will prompt you to create a username and password. If you, a parent, or troop leader have previously completed any training on, you may log in using the same username and password. If you can’t remember your password, please contact us. For the best experience, we recommend viewing the training on a computer using Google Chrome.

Step 2

Identify an issue


Step 3

Investigate your issue thoroughly


Step 4

Get help and build your team


Step 5

Create a plan and complete the Gold Award Project Proposal (PDF)


Step 6

Present your plan and gather feedback


Step 7

Take action


Step 8

Educate and inspire

Step 9

Once you’ve carried out your project, complete the Gold Award Final Report (PDF) to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award

Step 10

Please submit your photo for your Gold Award Final Report.

Council Approval

Council approval is needed prior to beginning your project. Girls wishing to do their Gold Award and who are in 12th grade need to submit their proposals by May 1st of their graduation year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.

Money Earning for Your Project

If you will be earning more than $100 for your project, be sure to complete the Money Earning Project Approval Form (PDF). You can find more information on money earning for Gold and Silver Award projects in your award packets.

Learn More 

Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold from Girl Scouts of the USA.


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