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Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world.  The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others.  These young women are courageous leaders and visionary change makers.  They are our future and it looks bright!

Join a century of women who have done big things.

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

So you want to get started on your Gold Award?  We can help!

Getting Started - Identify an Issue

Additional Resources:

Investigate your issue thoroughly

Attend the From Good to Gold Workshop (recommended; not required) In this training, we will walk girls through the process of formulating a good idea and turning that idea into a Gold-earning idea.

Girls MUST have completed their prerequisite JOURNEY(s) PRIOR to attending the training.

Use the Mind Map to being exploring your issue.

Get Help & Build Your Team

Identify an organization to work with for your project.  Your contact person there will become your project advisor. They can also help you develop your idea to meet their needs.

  • Recruit people to help you, check out the “Get Help” page of our Gold Award Guide to see who you can recruit.
  • Think about how you will collect money and learn about using Troop Funds Letter.
  • Remember you can always reach out to if you have any questions.
  • Review the guidelines for money-earning activities in GSGATL Volunteer Essentials!
Once you feel like you’re ready, complete your Notice of Intent to notify us that you’re ready to write your proposal.
Create a Plan
  • First, Get connected with your Gold Award Coach
  • Then, work with them to complete your Gold Award Project Proposal
  • When your proposal is complete, your Coach will approve you for panel.

Additional Resources:

Present your plan and receive approval from the Council
  • Sign-up for a panel presentation to the Gold Award Committee
  • Receive additional feedback and suggestions from the Committee
Take Action
Educate & Inspire
  • Complete your Final Report!
  • Spread the word! Post your story on Girl Scouts USA’s MapIt!
  • Share on Social Media!


Get inspiration from the 2019 Gold Award Yearbook


Read about the Benefits for Going Gold