About The Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award has evolved from a long line of Girl Scout leadership awards going back as far as 1919. The Girl Scout Gold Award was first introduced in 1980, but has been known as the Golden Eaglet, the Curved Bar, and the First Class award throughout Girl Scout history. The Girl Scout Gold award is the highest award a Girl Scout between 14 and 18 can earn. Currently between 5-6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award annually. The Gold Award recognizes the work of Girl Scouts who demonstrate leadership culminating in 80 hours or more, dedicated towards a service project that has lasting effects in the community.
Young Women of Distinction
Young Women of Distinction are Gold Award recipients from across the nation who exemplify Girl Scouts. Please watch their videos for example projects. Earning the Gold Award opens up many doors for young women including scholarship opportunities.
The Gold Award Process
The Girl Scout Gold Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The conceptual steps include: identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action, and educating and inspiring others. For a direct step by step guide, please see the Step by Step checklist included in the forms below.
For more information, call the Awards Hotline at 312-912-6382, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gold Award Forms
Prospective Recipient forms
- Gold Award: Step by Step Checklist
- Gold Award Girl Guidelines
- Power Point Training (Highly recommended if you are unable to attend Gold Award Training)
- Gold Award Proposal Form
- Gold Award Final Report Form
- Take Action Log Form
- Sample Budget
- Interview Schedule
- Gold Award Interview Prep Documents
Gold Award Trainings are optional (but highly recommended) and will be offered in the fall.
Recognizing our Gold Award Recipients
Every year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana hold a council wide Gold Award Ceremony. At this ceremony, we recognize all of the Girl Scout who received their Gold Award in the last year. Recipients, families, the Board of Directors, Staff Members, and prestigious members of the community are invited to recognize the girls and their achievements.
In order to be recognized at the 2013 ceremony, girls must have their final interview complete and their Gold Award Final Report form signed, approved, and received by council no later than March 15, 2013.
2013 gold award ceremony
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The Hilton Rosemont Hotel
5550 N. River Road
Rosemont, IL 60018
Honorees: Each Gold Award recipient must RSVP individually by May 24, 2013. Please RSVP even if you do not plan to attend the ceremony. Be sure to extend an invitation to all those who've helped you along your journey, include troop leaders, advisors, volunteers, principals, extended family. You can invite up to four guests of your choice free of charge, and all additional guests may attend for an additional $10. For additional guests, use code 610 at register.girlscoutsgcnwi.org.
Honorees have the option to bring a display board or poster representing their project during the reception.
Paper tickets will not be issued. All honorees and guests must register online. We will have a list of registered and paid guests at the check-in table.
Business attire or the Girl Scout uniform.
Light refreshments will be served during the reception.
$6 per car with validation.
From the North on 294 South
Take 294 South to 190 West going to O'Hare; pay toll; exit Mannheim South to 190 East to the River Road South exit; go to the second stoplight; turn right on Bryn Mawr. We are on the corner.
From the South on 294 North
Take 294 North to 190 West to O'Hare; pay toll; exit River Road immediately after tollbooth. Go to the second stoplight; turn right on Bryn Mawr. We are on the corner.
From the West on 90 East
Take 90 East to 190 West to O'Hare; pay toll; exit Mannheim South to 190 East to the River Road South exit; go to the second stoplight; turn right on Bryn Mawr. We are on the corner.
From East on 90 West
Take 90 West; follow signs to O'Hare; exit 190 to the River Road exit; once you come to a stoplight turn right heading South; go to the second stoplight; turn right on Bryn Mawr. We are on the corner.