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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

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 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.

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


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

Gold Award Approval Process

  • Girls going for the Gold must receive council approval at two occasions: first, prior to starting the project and second, after project completion. Girls will correspond with two select representatives from the Highest Awards Mentor Committee for these project approvals.
  • To obtain first project approval, girls must submit their Proposal in GoGold at least three weeks prior to the tentative start date of the project.
  • To obtain second project approval, girls must submit their Final Report in GoGold after project completion (final deadline is September 30 of the same year they graduate High School).
  • Upon submission of the Proposal or Final Report, the council will connect the Girl Scout with one representative from the Highest Awards Committee. Girls will correspond with this committee mentor to gain council approval though email, text messages, phone calls, video calls, and/or in-person meetings.  If girls wish to connect with the Highest Awards Mentor Committee prior to submitting a Project Proposal, simply contact Customer Care to be connected earlier in the process.


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 2021 Highest Awards Celebration Program.