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Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

A Girl Scout has until Sept. 30 of her Ambassador year to complete her project. For example, if a girl turns 18 earlier in the year, she still has until Sept. 30 following her high school graduation to finish her project. This also means completing the final report and final interview with the Gold Award Committee prior to Sept. 30.

To participate in the annual Gold Award ceremony, Gold Awards must be completed by March 1 so that the council can submit girls' names to GSUSA for certificates, letters of congratulations and more. Projects are considered "completed" when the final report has been submitted, the Girl Scout has completed her final interview with the Gold Award Committee, and she has received official notification from the council that her Gold Award is complete.

Girls who do not complete their Gold Award by March 1 will be included in the following year's ceremony.

Learn more about the GCNWI 2018 Gold Award recipients »

SELECT EACH TO EXPAND

COUNCIL PROPOSAL PROCESS
  1. TRAINING
    • As of Oct. 1, 2015, any girl seeking to complete her Gold Award must attend a council-facilitated Gold Award training.  Upcoming Trainings>>
  2. SUBMIT PROPOSAL
  3. INTERVIEW
    • After the council reviews your materials, you will receive an invitation to schedule your proposal or final interview with the Gold Award Committee.
COUNCIL FINAL REPORT PROCESS
  1. REVIEW
    • Review your final report with your Gold Award Committee mentor prior to submitting.
  2. SUBMIT FINAL REPORT
  3. INTERVIEW
    • After the council reviews your materials, you will receive an invitation to schedule your final interview with the Gold Award Committee.
MONEY EARNING AND HIGHEST AWARDS

Not all Highest Award projects require funding. Perhaps you already have enough troop funds to cover expenses, or your project doesn't cost anything to complete.

If your project does need funding, please note that as of Oct. 1, 2016, Girl Scouts who need to earn funds to support their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award Projects must participate in the Fall Product and Girl Scout Cookie programs, selling the minimum number of cookies and fall product (per Volunteer Essentials) as their first money-earning activity.

The minimum is defined as earning the first reward level for girls in both the fall product and Girl Scout Cookie programs. Each girl must sell a minimum of:

  • 12 candy/nut products OR
  • Four magazine subscriptions OR
  • A combination of both for fall product AND
  • 30 packages of cookies

 

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD STEPS

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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

    

Process Overview
Examples, Templates and Forms
FAQs, Tips and Tricks
Webinar Resources

Gold Award Info Packet

Thank you for signing up for a Gold Award Webinar! (Not yet registered? Sign up here!) Instructions to join the online session will be emailed one week and 30 minutes prior to the scheduled webinar time. If you do not receive sign on instructions, please email goldaward@girlscoutsgcnwi.org.