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Gold Award Hero

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. 

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

1. Identify an Issue
2. Investigate your issue thoroughly
  • Attend a mandatory Gold Award training
3. Get help and build your team
  • Identify an organization to work with for your project.  Your contact person there will become your project advisor. They can also help you develop your idea to meet their needs
  • Once you feel like you are ready, complete your Notice of Intent to notify us that you are ready to write your proposal. You will then be assigned a Gold Award Mentor.
4. Create a plan
  • Connect with your Gold Award mentor
    • It is your responsibility as the girl, to introduce yourself and initiate communication with you mentor after your initial introduction from your local program manager.
  • Then, work with them to complete your Gold Award Project Proposal on GoGold Online
  • When your proposal is complete, your Mentor will need to approve you to present to the Gold Award Committee.
  • Additional resources
    • Writing S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely) Goals
    • Rubric
5. Present your plan and gather feedback
6. Take action
7. Educate and inspire
  • Work with your Mentor on your Final Report and get their feedback.
  • Once you have Mentor approval, complete your final report on GoGold Online
  • Share on Social Media!

Please Note:
The deadline for girls to complete their Gold Award follows the Girl Scout membership year and is September 30th
of the year after a girl graduates from high school, or her 18th birthday, whichever is later (after that, she is no longer officially a girl member of Girl Scouts).

Also, each year, Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia hosts awards ceremonies in early May where we honor girls who have earned the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards during the previous year.  In order to be recognized at that ceremony, a girl must submit her Final Report paperwork to the council by March 15th. If a girl finishes after the March 15th deadline, she will be recognized at the following year’s ceremony. 

Additional Resources