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Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn and symbolizes outstanding accomplishments in leadership development and advocating for others.

Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines
  • Grades 9-12 (Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors)
  • Prerequisite: Two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journeys -OR- having earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, complete one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journey
  • Girls work individually
  • Suggested minimum 80 hours
  • Project makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond
  • Includes provisions to ensure sustainability
  • Girls identify national and/or global links to their selected issue, learn from others, and develop a plan to share the results of their project beyond the local community
  • For more information about the new Girl Scout Gold Award guidelines, attend one of the upcoming award trainings. This training is mandatory for all girls interested in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • Girls must receive council approval through an interview process before beginning their Girl Scout Gold Award project. Project Proposal and Final Report forms are due three weeks prior to the pre-scheduled interview date a girl wishes to attend.
Young Women of Distinction
Learn more about becoming a GSWISE Young Women of Distinction for earning your Girl Scout Silver Award.

Girl Scout Awards Celebration
The Girl Scout Award 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 February 1.

Date: Monday, May 19, 6:00 pm, Italian Community Center, Milwaukee. Invitations will be mailed to girls/troops eligible for recognition at the end of March.

Grant Opportunities
Click on the links below for application information from community organizations that support youth led projects.

Gold Award Benefit

A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in all four branches of the U.S. Military. A number of college-scholarship opportunities also await Gold Award designees.