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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. 

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

Go for Gold

Are you interested in pursuing the Gold Award, but need more details? Check out the Go for Gold Playlist with tips and common questions answered by recent Gold Award Girl Scouts.

Begin Making Your Mark Today!
  1. Get to know the Gold Award Requirements. Take a council approved training: Road to Gold, Gold Award Training. You can find upcoming Trainings on our Events page.
  2. Download the Gold Award Handbook as a reminder of all that you learned in training. Want some assistance with writing your proposal? Request a Gold Award Mentor to work with you,
  3. Download the Planning Worksheet, Proposal Rubric, and Sample Gold Award Proposals to help you to work up your proposal before submitting.
  4. Do research on your topic! This is necessary to identify WHY your project is needed in your community.
  5. Sign up through the GoGold Online Application to begin submitting your proposal. You can cut and paste your answers from the worksheet into GoGold. 
  6. Ask your mentor to look over your proposal to identify any missing information.
  7. Submit your proposal! Projects are not rejected. We will work with you through possible revisions until your project meets requirements for a Gold Award Project.
  8. After your project plan is approved, you may need to raise funds for your project. Get approval first with the GSEIWI Money-Earning Application.

Troop leaders are welcome to take the Gold Award Training!

Have you earned your Gold Award and want to help mentor other girls in our Council? Join our Gold Award Mentoring Program! Girls in grades 9-12 will be connected with a Gold Award Acheiver to help mentor girls through the process. To join the program, email

Our Gold Award Girl Scouts

Congratulations to our Gold Award Girl Scouts! The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. This prestigious award is earned by a select group of Girl Scouts who demonstrate a high commitment to improving their communities and advocating for lasting change.

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