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 Helpline at 312-912-6382, or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
Gold Award Resources
- Gold Award: Step by Step Checklist
- Gold Award FAQ
- Gold Award Girl Guidelines
- Gold Award Training (Highly recommended if you are unable to attend a training session.) PDF | PowerPoint
- Take Action Project Brochure
Prospective Recipient Forms and Resources
- 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 throughout the year.
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.