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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.

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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 two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

Go For the Gold - Tips from Gold Award Girl Scouts

Meet Your Match
The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award
How Do I Choose an Issue for my Gold Award?
How Do I Develop a Realistic Gold Award Project?
How Do I Find and Engage a Project Advisor?
How Do I Balance a Gold Award Project with School and Extracurriculars?
How Will I Know I'm Ready to Submit My Gold Award Proposal and What Happens Next?
What Should I Expect to Learn from Putting My Gold Award Proposal to Action?
How Do I Measure and Sustain My Gold Award Impact?


Any girl working on her Gold Award must attend a Silver and Gold Award Workshop. Please view the training calendar for workshop dates.  

If you have previously attended this workshop for your Silver Award you do not have to retake the class. 

Getting Started

The first step towards earning your Gold Award is submitting your Project Proposal Online. Girls must submit their proposal using the Go Gold Online Submission. 

Create Your Go Gold Online Submission (Proposal)

Gold Award Rubric

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.

Download (PDF) English | Español

Wrapping Up

Final Report Online Submissions: 
Submit Your Final Report Using Go Gold

Girls must submit their final reports by March 1 to participate in that year's Annual Recognition ceremony in April. The absolute deadline to submit a final report for committee approval is August 1 of the year a girl graduates from high school. Girls leaving grade 12 officially bridge to adults on Oct. 1 and are no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award.

We want to celebrate your achievement! Please provide the requested items for the annual report and slideshow to

  • Headshot
  • Project Description 
  • Action shot of you working on your project

 Questions? Contact Melissa Palacios at or (361) 883-3611.