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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

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Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

Passionate about an issue and want to make a difference—in a big way? The Girl Scout Gold Award is for you! Open to Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9–10) and Ambassadors (grades 11–12), this is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouts.

This award is difficult to earn, but once you’ve earned it, your rate for success in life and your ability to reach any goal will soar. Colleges, employers, your peers, and your community will see that you have what it takes to get big things done!


Girl Scout Gold Award

Gold Award Guidelines (PDF)
*Includes a template for your budget, project planning, and Final Report.

Steps to Earn the Gold Award

  1. Complete your Silver Award and one Senior/Ambassador Journey - OR - two Senior/Ambassador Journeys (including the Take Action
    Project) to hone the skills you’ll need to earn your Gold Award.
  2. Complete Gold Award Online Self Training OR attend a Gold Award workshop within six months of submitting your project proposal.

    *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.

  3. Read the Girl Scouts River Valleys' Gold Award guidelines.
  4. Brainstorm to identify an issue you care about—then investigate it thoroughly.
  5. Build your team and find a project adviser.
  6. Create a plan and complete your Gold Award Project Proposal through Go Gold Online. Make sure it meets the Girl Scouts River Valleys Gold Award Rubric (PDF)
  7. Girl Scouts River Valleys will send a follow up email to confirm that we have received your proposal along with a link to schedule a Zoom Interview with a Highest Award Committee Member. You will receive immediate feedback and work with the Highest Award Committee Member on any revisions.
  8. Once your project is approved, take action to carry out your project!
  9. Reflect on your hard work and turn in your completed Gold Award Final Report through Go Gold Online for review and approval to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award. Once approved, you are eligible to apply for the Girl Scouts River Valleys Gold Award Scholarship.
  10. Celebrate your achievements, reflect, and share your accomplishments with your community! View our Gold Award Press Kit for tips on how to reach out to local newspapers or online publications.

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award involves the time to complete a Journey/Silver Award (step 1), and then a suggested minimum of 80 hours to complete steps 2-9.

Council Approval

Girl Scouts River Valleys' approval is needed prior to beginning your project. Girls wishing to do their Gold Award and who are in twelfth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their graduation year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.

Finding Support

Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold from Girl Scouts of the USA. Still have questions? Contact us!

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