Girl Scouts

gold award

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?

Higher education and career preparation:

  • Distinguish yourself as you apply to colleges
  • Earn college scholarships*
  • Enter the military one rank higher

*For more information on available college scholarships for Gold Award recipients, please contact the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.

Life skills:

  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
  • Learn how to better manage your time
  • Make the world a better place!

Community:

  • 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

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade and registered as a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout

 

AND

Have completed two Senior or Ambassador level Journeys, respectively

OR

Have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador level journey, respectively.*

Gold Award Timeline

Girls should keep the timeline shown below in mind while planning a project:

Submit proposal by…

For panel review…

Panel decision sent by…

Must resubmit proposal revisions by…

June 19, 2013 July 3, 2013 July 10, 2013 July 24, 2013
September 18, 2013 October 2, 2013 October 9, 2013 October 23, 2013
December 11, 2013 December 20, 2013 December 27, 2013 January 15, 2014
March 26, 2014 April 9, 2014 April 16, 2014 April 30, 2014
June 25, 2014 July 9, 2014 July 16, 2014 July 30, 2014

How to Earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:

1. Complete ALL prerequisites and learn more about Going for the Gold

Whether or not you have completed all prerequisites (see above), you are welcome to attend one of our Gold Award Workshops to learn more about this exciting journey. The Girl Scouts’ Gold Award is the highest honor that a Girl Scout can achieve. Embarking on this leadership journey enables a girl to discover their vast capabilities, connect with an identified need or issue in the community, and take action to make a positive and lasting difference in the lives of people and the world. This year’s workshop schedule is as follows:

2013-2014 Gold Award Workshops
July 10, 2013
October 9, 2013
January 22, 2014
April 16, 2014
July 16, 2014

Adult volunteers and advisors will be on-hand at the workshops to work with you to develop your idea for a Gold Award Take Action project.

2. Submit your Gold Award Interest Sheet

Submit a Gold Award Interest Sheet to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i as soon as possible.

3. Watch the Gold Award video and review the Gold Award Guidelines and resources

Watch the Gold Award video and review the Gold Award Guidelines and included resources (such as the frequently asked questions and project examples) to understand the caliber of this project.

4. Meet and work with your mentor

Girls are encouraged to seek out a mentor that can help and guide them on their Gold Award project. If you need assistance with finding a mentor, the Girl Scouts will do its best to provide you with one to ensure you successfully complete your Gold Award project. Please contact Colleen LaClair for more information if you have submitted a Gold Award  Interest Sheet and we have not already connected you with a mentor.

5. Submit proposal

If you have any questions before submitting your proposal, please attend another Gold Award Workshop (see schedule of workshops above). Submit your Gold Award Project Proposal to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i via email, fax (808.691.9340), or postal mail (see below for address) for panel review. If your Gold Award project is not approved by the panel as proposed, you may revise the proposal and submit it again up to three weeks after an initial panel decision is made OR wait to re-submit the proposal until the next panel meeting.

Mailing Address:
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i
410 Atkinson Drive, Suite 2E1, Box 3
Honolulu, HI 96814

6. Create your plan of action

Meet with your mentor to create your plan of action.

7. Implement your project

Implement your project! Remember you should hold a mid-project check-in with your mentor.

8. Write and submit your final report

If you have any questions before submitting your final report, please attend another Gold Award Workshop (see schedule of workshops above). Write and submit your Gold Award Final Report to Girl Scouts of Hawai`i. Submit by February 1, 2014, if you would like to participate in the 2014 Gold and Silver Award Ceremony. Please note that you may submit the final report after February 1, but will then participate in the 2015 Gold and Silver Award Ceremony.

9. CELEBRATE!

Congratulations on completing your Gold Award! Tell your friends, family, council–everyone!–about your success.

*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 Colleen LaClair at 808.675.5514 or colaclair@girlscouts-hawaii.org.

 
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