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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

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 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

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:

Upcoming Gold Award Workshops

June 24, 2015 @ 6 pm
July 29, 2015 @ 6 pm
August 26, 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 REQUIRED 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 Ellen Roberts at elroberts@girlscouts-hawaii.org.

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2. Register for My Gold Award

Create an account online at girlscouts.org/gogoldonline.

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. Work with your mentor on creating a plan of action for your 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.

5. Submit Proposal Through the My Gold Award Web App

If you have any questions before submitting your proposal, please attend another Gold Award Workshop (see schedule of workshops above). Submit your Gold Award Proposal online through your My Gold Award account at girlscouts.org/gogoldonline for panel review. You will receive feedback on your proposal within 3-4 weeks.

6. Implement your project

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

7. 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 Reportto Girl Scouts of Hawai`i. Submit by February 1, 2015, if you would like to participate in the 2015 Gold and Silver Award Ceremony. Please note that you may submit the final report after February 1, but will then participate in the 2016 Gold and Silver Award Ceremony.

8. 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 Ellen Roberts at 808.675.5513 or elroberts@girlscouts-hawaii.org.

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