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Gold Award

The Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, recognizing girls who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through remarkable take action projects that have a sustainable impact in their communities and beyond.  Mentors work to encourage Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 as they embark on the Gold Award process.

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 more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

The Benefits of Going Gold

Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

Higher education and career
• Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
• Earn college scholarships
• Enter the military one rank higher

Life skills
• Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
• Master time management skills
• Make the world a better place

• Use your vision for change
• Tackle an issue, locally or globally
• Establish a lifetime network
• Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem

Reaching for Gold? 

Visit the links below to learn more about the Gold Award process.


Educate and Inspire Presentation

This is your opportunity to shine and present your completed project for final approval. The Educate & Inspire Presentations will be held four times a year, so a presentation appointment should be made as soon as the final project paperwork is submitted. If you are in the process of your Gold Award now, keep in mind the last opportunity for approval in 2018 will be on Aug. 25, which allows us 30 days before the national deadline of Sept. 30 to get all paperwork and support materials in to GSUSA. 


Girl Scout Gold Award Go Gold Online 7 Step Process:

Identify an issue you can care about


Investigate your issue thoroughly- do research and Mind Map


Get Help– select a relevant Project Advisor and build your team


Create a plan & account at


Initial Proposal– present your plan and gather feedback


Take action- keep a time log, gather photos, expenses    


Educate and inspire- Final Project Report- wait for approval