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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.

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Important Dates
  • Deadline for final paperwork and final interview to be completed –  September 30th of the year you finish 12th grade (no late paperwork will be accepted)
  • If you want to be recognized at the spring High Award Ceremonies, you must be APPROVED for your Gold Award by February 1st of the same year
  • Gold Award Scholarship Deadline – February 1st each year

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 Gold Award 101 training


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 you care about


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan by completing your proposal paperwork using the Go Gold Online tool


Present your plan and gather feedback by scheduling a proposal interview with the Gold Award committee closest to you 


Take action by completing your project


Educate and inspire others to act by completing your final paperwork using the Go Gold Online tool and schedule a final interview with the Gold Award committee closest to you

The Benefits of Going Gold

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients 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
  • Community 
    • 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
Source:  Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012


Adult Guide: Girl Scout Gold Award

As a volunteer, you’ll encourage Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors working toward their Girl Scout Gold Award. Use this Adult Guide to help you support girls as they develop into tomorrow’s leaders.

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