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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 


Featured Gold Award Girl Scouts

  • Gold Award Girl Scout Maggie M.
  • Gold Award Girl Scout Kyra T.
  • Gold Award Girl Scout Amara S.
  • Gold Award Girl Scout Kristina N.
Read More About All Featured Gold Award Girl Scouts
Maggie M.

Maggie M. 

To address the inaccessibility of menstrual hygiene products to women experiencing homelessness in Hennepin and Ramsey County and to combat the stigma surrounding menstruation, Maggie teamed with her community to organize a public awareness event about period poverty. She also created a social media campaign to spread period poverty awareness and share testimonials of women experiencing homelessness.

Her fight doesn't end there! Maggie proposed a policy brief to county commissioners of Hennepin and Ramsey County mandating that every homeless shelter in these counties be supplied with ample menstrual hygiene products—an experience proven beneficial to her as she pursues her Political Science major. Way to take action in a big way, Maggie!

Kyra T.

Kyra T. 

To address the lack of representation in role models for the diverse students at Hopkins Eisenhower Elementary, and to encourage students that they can achieve anything with hard work, Kyra painted a mural in the school hallway that depicts students of culturally diverse backgrounds with positive messages to show students that they can always reach their dreams.

Kyra also created a form for students to share photos of themselves, their grade, and share what their dreams are.

Way to inspire children and make them feel represented, special, and important, Kyra!

Amara S.

Amara S.

For Amara’s Gold Award project, she collaborated with her high school and created a support group called Teen Cancer Alliance (TCA) for students affected by cancer personally, with their families, or the community. She created an ongoing and sustained a safe place for students to share their cancer experiences and to receive support from others going through similar experiences. Way to build community at your school, Amara!

Gold Award Girl Scout Kristina N.

Kristina N.

For her Gold Award project, Kristina planted a variety of trees in a large open field—where animal ambassadors newly relocated to—at the Wildlife Science Center. The trees will offer these animals shade and help them reduce heat loading from the sun. Way to keep animals cool during hot summer months, Kristina!

Sheridan L.

Sheridan L.

For her Gold Award project, Sheridan addressed low literacy rates and inspired young students to read. She led a team of volunteers to provide her local community with children’s and teen books and hosted virtual read-a-thons to promote literacy. Way to promote literacy in your community, Sheridan!

Elizabeth L.

Elizabeth L.

For her Gold Award project, Elizabeth educated her community about Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and how delayed recognition of T1D warning signs could lead to a life-threatening complication known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

She partnered with pediatric clinics to distribute flyers highlighting early signs of T1D and presented information on managing diabetes during sick days at a T1D event. When the pandemic changed her plans for an education booth at the county fair—she reassessed her community's needs and developed a video series to decrease isolation already felt by families after their initial diagnosis of T1D. For her videos, she recruited children, parents, and health professionals to share their T1D experiences.

Nicolette J.

Nicolette J. 

Nicolette noticed that only 37% of eligible 18-19 year olds showed up to cast a ballot in the 2018 mid-term election, and her young adult high school peers did not know how to register to vote. To encourage young adults to take action with her Gold Award project, she created a voting registration toolkit and attended high school public events with contact-less QR codes to help register students right away—a resource the League of Women Voters will continue to utilize. She also created over 100 yard signs and placed them in her community. 

Addie B.

Addie B. 

Gold Award Girl Scout Addie led a team to build raised garden beds for dementia patients in wheelchairs. By partnering with the nursing home, Addie created the garden to help stimulate and calm the residents and help bring back joyful memories. 

Mayala K.

Mayala K. 

For her Gold Award project, Mayala bridged the health disparity gap in the Black community by leading a team and creating a catalog about Black health professionals across all specialties. She hopes to educate the Black community in showing the importance of health care, and how Black health professionals are reachable and essential for building trust in the health industry.

Gold Award Girl Scout Adie L.

Adie L.

For her Gold Award project, Adie worked with her church community to help children in grades K-8 at Holy Cross Catholic Church to fully participate in their faith. By assembling and designing prayer books and training volunteers Adie hopes that her work will encourage students to learn and grow in their Catholic faith, be ready for Catholic Sacraments, and help them pray for themselves and others.

Gold Award Girl Scout Danielle K.

Danielle K.

With no recycling bin in sight after finishing her beverage at a school sports event, Danielle was determined to get a recycling system implemented at her high school for her Gold Award project. She took the lead and worked with her school administration (And the industrial shop class, too!) to build recycling bins in high-traffic areas like the gym and lunchroom. She hopes to expand her recycling efforts to all schools in Somerset, Wisconsin.

Gold Award Girl Scout Kayla M.

Kayla M.

Tackling the issue of food waste? Challenge accepted! For her Gold Award project, Kayla taught cooking classes educating her local and virtual community about food waste and its impact on the environment, and how to use food creatively. To widen her audience, she also created informative TikTok and Facebook videos acquiring over 9,000 views.

Gold Award Girl Scout Alexis D.

Alexis D.

For her Gold Award project, Alexis worked with the Carver Country Historical Society to help preserve veteran stories—inspired by her grandfather who served in Vietnam!

Way to give veterans a voice and to help preserve their memories and experiences, Alexis!

Kate N.

Kate N.

To help improve the mental health of elderly residents during the pandemic, for her Gold Award project, Kate built a gardening community to raise their spirits and help them combat loneliness. She provided care sheets to help the community tend to the plants and created a pen pal project to connect 50 people with elderly experiencing loneliness.

Kayla s.

Kayla S.

Gold Award Girl Scout Kayla created a Facebook group “Fur-ever in our Hearts” for individuals experiencing a pet loss—giving them resources to effectively cope and help them grieve their loss. Group members also have the opportunity to share their thoughts and feelings in this space. Grieving the loss of a pet is never easy, thank you Kayla for helping others through tough times with your Gold Award project!

Cecilia B

Cecilia B. 

To help struggling kids with epilepsy and to give them inspiration, comfort, and hope, Gold Award Girl Scout Cecilia created and shared kits. These kits were filled with notebooks, coloring pages, toys, hair products, and her very own book, Journey into the Light, which recounts her life and struggles with epilepsy. Her book also aims to educate the community to work towards helping kids with epilepsy achieve the future that they deserve.

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.

  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!


More About the Gold Award

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.

Inspiring Gold Award Stories