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
*For more information on available college scholarships for Gold Award recipients, please contact the Girl Scouts of Hawai`i.
- 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 keep the timeline shown below in mind while planning a project. If you have missed the December deadline and would like to turn in your proposal before the March deadline for review, please send it to Janelle Harkness at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit proposal by…
For panel review…
Panel decision sent by…
Must resubmit proposal revisions by…
|June 19, 2014||July 3, 2014||July 10, 2014||July 24, 2014|
|September 18, 2014||October 2, 2014||October 9, 2014||October 23, 2014|
|December 11, 2014||December 20, 2014||December 27, 2014||January 15, 2015|
|March 26, 2015||April 9, 2015||April 16, 2015||April 30, 2015|
|June 25, 2015||July 9, 2015||July 16, 2015||July 30, 2015|
How to Earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:
1. Complete ALL prerequisites and learn more about Going for the Gold
2015 Gold Award Workshops
January 21, 2015 @ 6 pm
February 18, 2015 @ 6 pm
March 25, 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. If you are interested in attending, please email Janelle Harkness at email@example.com.
2. Submit your Gold Award Interest Sheet
3. Watch the Gold Award video and review the Gold Award Guidelines and resources
4. Meet and work with your mentor
5. Submit proposal
Girl Scouts of Hawai`i
410 Atkinson Drive, Suite 2E1, Box 3
Honolulu, HI 96814
6. Create your plan of action
7. Implement your project
8. 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 Janelle Harkness at 808.380.4436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.