The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts, focuses on leadership, career exploration, challenge for personal growth and community action. The Gold Award celebrates a project showcasing all of the work a girl puts forth as she strives to make a sustainable difference, not just in her community, but also on a global scale. The topic is hand-selected by a girl to ensure it is something she is passionate about in thought, deed and action. Because it is much more than a good service project, “Going for the Gold” encompasses organizational, leadership and networking skills that girls will remember long after they have completed their final year of Girl Scouting.
To make sure girls have all the tools for success in becoming the next generation of Gold Awardees, we’ve outlined some suggested steps and provided all the necessary forms (click on links within the text below to download) for girls to use as they “Go for the Gold.”
Why Go for the Gold?
- Distinguish yourself as you apply to colleges
- Earn college scholarships
- Enter the military one rank higher
- Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
- Learn how to better manage your time
- Make the world a better place!
- Use your vision for change
- Tackle an issue, locally or globally
- Establish a lifetime network of successful, like-minded women
- Establish your community legacy by creating a sustainable solution to a pressing issue
Prerequisites to Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award
Have completed two Senior or Ambassador level Journeys, respectively
Have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador level journey, respectively.*
Gold Award Timeline
Girls should attend a Gold Award Workshop before writing their proposal. If a girl turns in her proposal before attending a Gold Award workshop (available online and in-person; see below), the Gold Award Committee will not review the proposal. It is recommended that girls submit their project proposals at least 18 months before their anticipated completion date.
How to Earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:
1. Complete ALL prerequisites and learn more about Going for the Gold
Upcoming Gold Award Workshops
|December 16, 2015 @ 6 pm|
This workshop will introduce girls to writing a Gold Award proposal. Girls can attend in person at the Girl Scout Office or call in via webinar. It is a REQUIREMENT for each girl to attend a Gold Award workshop before her project proposal can be considered for approval. If you are interested in attending, please email Claire Ghazal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Register for My Gold Award
3. Watch the Gold Award video and review the Gold Award Guidelines and resources
4. Meet and work with your mentor
5. Submit Proposal Through the My Gold Award Web App
6. Implement your project
7. Write and submit your final report
*Please note that Ambassadors must complete Ambassador level journeys, Seniors must complete Senior level journeys, Cadettes must complete Cadette level journeys, and Juniors must complete Junior level journeys.
For more information about the Gold, Silver, or Bronze Awards, please contact Claire Ghazal at email@example.com.