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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. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
You can pursue your Girl Scout 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

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

Effective immediately, Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are now allowed to complete final Silver and Gold Award projects that benefit the Girl Scout community. All other award requirements and council processes remain the same. 


Gold Award Training

Required training designed for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors covering the Girl Scout Gold Award requirements, council processes, and tips and tools for girls to be successful. Parents and volunteers are also encouraged to view this training. In-person trainings are also available to fulfil the training requirement and can be found in My GS>Member Profile>Activities.


Other GSWISE Gold Award Resources

  • Project Proposal forms must be submitted through Go Gold Online at least three weeks prior to the pre-scheduled presentation date a girl wishes to attend.
  • Final Report forms must be submitted through Go Gold Online at least two weeks prior to the pre-scheduled presentation date a girl wishes to attend.
  • Simply submit the Project Proposal or Final Report forms through Go Gold Online in order to be scheduled for an presentation.
  • Girls present with two members of the GSWISE Gold Award Mentor Committee.
  • Presentatiosn are approximately 30 minutes in length.
  • Check out upcoming presentation dates and locations.


Gold Award Update

Girls can now learn new philanthropic skills while they implement their Girl Scout Gold Award projects! Effective April 2019, Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors may solicit philanthropic donations for their Gold Award projects. All fundraising requests of cash, in-kind goods, or grants must be approved by GSWISE before they are solicited. A girl should submit a fundraising request using the Group Money-Earning Application after her Gold Award project has been approved by the council. Questions? Contact us at 800-565-4475 or


Highest Awards Celebration

The Highest Awards Celebration is an opportunity for girls who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards to be recognized for their accomplishments. Families, troop leaders, and project advisors are encouraged to attend. Girls wishing to be recognized at the upcoming spring recognition event must submit all final reports by the annual deadline of March 1.

Invitations will be mailed to girls/troops eligible for recognition in March. 

View the 2019 Highest Awards Celebration Program.