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Gold Award Girl Scouts

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Gold Award Girl Scouts

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. Learn more about Gold Award projects in our 2021 Gold Award Magazine.

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I want to be a Gold Award Girl Scout

Be a Gold Award Girl Scout

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You’ve probably liked, shared, marched, helped out, and possibly even donated—now it’s time to take action and become a Gold Award Girl Scout. Who is a Gold Award Girl Scout, though? She’s the dreamer and doer who takes “make the world a better place” to the next level. She’s driven, passionate, and optimistic. She’s the leader of tomorrow today. Essentially? She’s you!

So get ready to earn the Gold Award, the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. It’s the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can you make a difference, but that you already have. It’s a distinction that can open your world up to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

How Can You Become a Gold Award Girl Scout?

To earn this unique award, Seniors and Ambassadors tackle issues dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond.

Girls MUST:

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BE in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent)

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BE registered as Girl Scout Seniors or Girl Scout Ambassadors

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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
Here's what you need to do to earn the Gold Award:
  • Identify an issue.
    Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about. Take a look at these resources to help you navigate this process;
  • Investigate it thoroughly.
    Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you've identified.
    • Use the Mind Map to being exploring your issue.
  • Get help and build your team.
    Form a team to support your efforts and help you take action.
    • Identify a Project Advisor! This person could work independently OR could be part of an existing organization. They will become your subject matter expert. Identifying a Project Advisor
    • You’ll need a Gold Award Coach. This person must be a Girl Scout trained volunteer, CAN be your Troop Leader, but CANNOT be a parent.
      • If you don’t know any trained volunteers, we’ll get you assigned to a trained volunteer.
      • If you DO know someone who is trained or would like to be trained, ask them to take our Gold Award Coach training!
      • Either way – fill out the Notice of Intent form and let us know your preference!
    • Complete the Notice of Intent form to get your Gold Award Coach and get invited to join your fellow Girl Scout sisters in Basecamp!
    • Think about how your family & friends can help!
    • Remember your parent is a member of your team as well! Have them complete the Parent Agreement
    • Use your Troop as a resource! Think about how you will collect money and learn about using Troop Funds Letter.
  • Create a plan.
    Identify the root cause of an issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.
  • Present your plan and gather feedback.
    Submit your Project Proposal Form to your Girl Scout council for approval.
    • Sign-up for an interview with the Gold Award Committee
    • Receive additional feedback and suggestions from the Committee
    • Check out these Interview Best Practices!
  • Take action.
    Lead your team and carry out your plan. Here are some resources to help you TAKE ACTION!
  • Educate and inspire.
    Tell your story and share your results.
    • Write a Press Release and share it with your local paper or magazine!
    • Complete your final report and CELEBRATE!
My Girl Wants to be a Gold Award Girl Scout

You Can Help Your Girl Become a Gold Award Girl Scout!

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Your girl isn’t just a dreamer, she’s a doer—the one who takes “make the world a better place” to the next level. And now it’s time for her to take action and become a Gold Award Girl Scout.

Who is a Gold Award Girl Scout, though? She’s driven, passionate, and optimistic. She’s the leader of tomorrow today. She’s an ideal candidate for colleges, scholarships, and exciting career paths. Essentially? She’s your girl!

So get ready to support her as she earns the Girl Scout Gold Award, the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. It’s the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has. It’s a distinction that sets her apart from the pack and lets the world see the power and possibility you’ve always seen in her.

Going Gold Pays Off

A Gold Award Girl Scout’s achievements prime her for the fast track when it comes to college admissions, and make her an outstanding candidate for academic scholarships and other financial awards. Your girl’s future has never looked brighter.

How Can She Earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?

To earn this unique award, Seniors and Ambassadors tackle issues dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Your local Girl Scout council will have more details and can walk you through the steps to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

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Scholarships for Girl Scouts

Girl Scouts USA has searched the country to find scholarships that are JUST for Girl Scouts OR where Girl Scouts will have a leg-up on the completion.

Girls who earn the Gold Award can also apply for our Council’s Gold Award Scholarship! Girls MUST:

  • Be a registered Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta who has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.
  • Be a high school twelfth grader intending to enter a qualified institution of learning after graduation.
  • Note: Girls MUST earn the award by September 30 of their senior year.
  • The application opens on 10/1. Girls who qualify will be invited via email.

Questions? goldawardsupport@gsgatl.org

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I want to be a Gold Award Volunteer

Be a Gold Award Coach!

Gold Award Volunteers have the passion and promise to encourage girls to develop their Gold Award ideas. They support girls as they pursue Girl Scouts highest award! Volunteers commit to girls in a few different ways:

Gold Award Coach: High School girls are new to project management, help her to create a solid proposal, thinking through all the details, so her project is successful. Be inspired by her creativity in tackling the issues of the world—THEN help her to write-it-up at the end to share her success and how’s she’s been the SPARK!

Initiating communication with her to build the foundation of your relationship and set expectations.

Connecting with her regularly by phone or in person to develop a quality project and supporting her project by attending scheduled work days, as necessary

Helping her find her unique voice, celebrating her ideas and identifying ways to turn her good idea(s) into GOLD Award projects, using the rubric to ensure she is meeting the minimum Gold Award standards.

Supporting her through review of project proposal and final report Reviewing flyers, posters, letters, and donations to ensure money management and safety guidelines are followed.

Encouraging the development of leadership, organizational, and planning skills, through development of quality timelines, budget, project proposal, and final report.

Guiding her through her project, ensuring at each step that she is putting her best work forward when she submits final materials to GSGATL.

Gold Award Interviewer: Interviewers enjoy working with girls, but with less of a commitment. They join us when available for monthly interviews. The interviewers review and score the project proposal document, providing feedback to girls to help highlight the project strengths.

Gold Award Reviewer: Reviewers are looking to support in a hands-off approach. They help us to review proposals and final reports, to offer feedback and make sure girls are achieving the Gold Standard. Time commitment is flexible, because you work around your own schedule.

Start volunteering by contacting GoldAwardSupport@gsgatl.org.