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Gold Award

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. 

Gold Award Online Toolkit and Application forms

Get answers to your questions about the Gold Award with this online course. Both girls and adults working with her should watch this course.

Gold Award Online Training Course - Required
After completion of the Gold Award online training take this Knowledge Check. This will fulfill your requirements for taking this course.

Track your progress, submit your proposal and final report all electronically. Follow the link to sign up for GoGold, the Girl Scout Gold Award online web app.

GoGold Online Toolkit and Application

Need a way to track your Gold Award project, make sure it meets the requirements, and get some helpful tips along the way? 

Gold Award Planning Rubric
Gold Award Planning Worksheet
Gold Award Girl Handbook

Want to earn your Gold Award?
Join the Gold Award Mentoring Program! Girls in grades 9-12 will be connected with an adult who earned her Gold Award as a Girl Scout to mentor her through the process. The Gold Award Mentors are located in the Quad Cities, Corridor, Burlington, Dubuque, and Waterloo and schedule regular meetings for girls to attend for guidance on this achievement. To join the program, email

Need to raise money for your Gold Award? Make sure you get approval first with the High Award Money-Earning Project Application.

Are you a Gold Award Girl Scout and would like to help other girls make this achievement? Become a mentor by emailing

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

The Benefits of Going Gold

Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

  • Higher education and career 
    • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
    • Earn college scholarships
    • Enter the military one rank higher
  • Life skills 
    • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
    • Master time management skills
    • Make the world a better place
  • Community 
    • Use your vision for change
    • Tackle an issue, locally or globally
    • Establish a lifetime network
    • Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem