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

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 one of the following pre-requisite paths:

  • Earned the Girl Scout Silver Award as a Girl Scout Cadette (sixth through eighth grade, or equivalent) and completed one Senior or Ambassador leadership Journey
  • Completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys at the appropriate Girl Scout level

You have reviewed the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta Gold Award Process and Timeline. And you’re familiar with the Go Gold Guide, a resource for going Gold at Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta.


You submit a Notice of Intent to the committee.

  • Once you submit the Notice of Intent, you’ll be assigned a mentor to help you in the development of your Gold Award Take Action Project Proposal and you'll receive an invite to something called Rallyhood which will help you track your project.
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue

  • Don’t know where to begin? Rest easy knowing there are volunteers ready and willing to support you every step of the way! You’ll receive a mentor assignment when you submit the Notice of Intent.
  • Already have something in mind? We’ll help you develop your ideas into an amazing Gold Award project that makes a lasting impact on your community.
  • This step relates to the Discover key to leadership

Investigate your issue thoroughly

  • Yes, this means you’ll be doing research. Not just the sit in the library kind, the kind where you go out and explore your community. Interview people, cite resources, and create a meaningful solution to your identified issue.
  • This step relates to the Discover and Connect keys to leadership

Get help and build your team

  • You’ll have two teams supporting you as you earn your Gold Award:
    • Support Team: This team includes your assigned Gold Award Committee Mentor, the rest of the Gold Award Committee volunteers, your troop leader, and your parents.
    • Action Team: This is the team you’ll lead. It includes the Project Advisor, someone you recruit, who is an expert in the issue you’ve chosen to solve. You will also need to recruit helpers who can do the tasks of your project. You might even assign someone the role of photographer. You’ll want to select these team members based on their skill sets and how they can help with your project.
  • This step relates to the Connect and Take Action keys to leadership.

Create a plan

  • Ultimately, you’ll be submitting a formal proposal through Go Gold Online. Before you do, you’ll leverage the expertise of your support team and the research you’ve done to draft, and redraft, until you have an amazing proposal that would make any investor, government official, or world leader notice!
  • This step relates to the Connect and Take Action keys to leadership

Present your plan and gather feedback

  • In this step, you’ll meet with a few more members of the Gold Award Committee who will interview you. They’ll want to discuss all aspects of your proposal to make sure you’ve developed the best plan that meets Gold Award standards. If it’s your first interview, don’t fret! The entire team is advocating for you to earn this award.
  • Interviews occur monthly, and you’ll need to submit your proposal no earlier than May of your 9th grade year for Girl Scout Seniors and no later than April of 12th grade year for Girl Scout Ambassadors
  • This step relates to the Connect and Take Action keys to leadership.

Take action

  • Once you’ve passed the interview, it’s time to work your plan! Your project proposal will be well developed and all you’ll do is follow the road map you’ve created for yourself
  • Things won’t always go according to plan, and that’s when your support team will be there to help you figure out how to adapt. When you courageously navigate these challenges, they can end up being opportunities for making a greater impact
  • This step relates to the Take Action key to leadership

Educate and inspire

  • You’ll really be building the educate part into your project because you’ll be helping lots of people understand the need to address your chosen issue. Plus, knowing the number of people who learned something from your project makes for an inspiring talking point on your final report. You’ll finalize your project through Go Gold Online
  • Use social media and some other great tools to inspire others! Tag #GirlScoutsATL in all of your social media posts about your project and help Girl Scouts grow MapIt by posting your project details there
  • After your final report is approved by the Gold Award Committee, it’s time to celebrate!