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Girl Scout Gold Award


The Girl Scout Gold Award is a national award and a personal challenge that girls choose to pursue, aspiring to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable and far-reaching results. As a registered member pursuing the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls will:
Be a leader by:
  • Bringing your demonstrated leadership skills to a community outside Girl Scouts. (All Gold Award Take Action projects must be done outside the Girl Scout organization.)
  • Working with other organizations and community partners in the community.
Be a project manager by:
  • Taking the initiative and the responsibility for developing, completing and leading an effective Gold Award Take Action Project.
  • Practicing professional skills like networking, budgeting, financial accountability and written, verbal and oral communication skills.
  • Addressing the root cause of a well-defined and researched issue.
  • Defining and reaching measurable goals with a project team (i.e. community partners, community leaders, project advisor, project volunteers).
  • Create new relationships with community partners to bring sustainable and measureable change
  • Working within clear parameters and guidelines defined by GSUSA to meet your goal(s), developing and demonstrating leadership skills through service-learning, advocacy and addressing community issues.
Did You Know?

Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization's highest award, has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere! Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award places girls among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world (less than 5% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award). With talent, passion commitment and determination, girls can make changes in their community that can impact people around the world!
Below is an overview of requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Please review the guidlines and documents on this page for full information. Girls who have additional  or project specific questions should contact 

Girl Scout Gold Award Pre-Requisites

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador
Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador)*
Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey
*Girl Scout Seniors complete Senior journeys and Girl Scout Ambassadors complete Ambassador journeys

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

  1. Choose an issue: Girls should use personal interests, values and skills to identify a community issue they feel passionate about.
  2. Investigate: Research all aspects of the issue.
  3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.
  4. Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
  5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for the Girl Scout council.
  6. Take action: Take the lead to carry out the plan.
  7. Educate and inspire: Share the experience with others


NEW! Gold Award Online Application

Important Gold Award documents: