The Girl Scout Gold Award, represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious leadership award challenges a girl to change the world—or at least their corner of it. By the time she puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future. The Gold Award Take Action Project addresses a root issue that a girl is interested in, has national and/or global ties and is sustainable. Guidelines suggest a minimum of 80 hours be spent on the project.
Congratulations on deciding to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. By earning the Gold Award, you will discover, connect, and take action to become a leader in your community. There is a wealth of resources available to you, including the Gold Award Toolkit , Gold Award Guidelines for Girls, and GSCNC's brand new guidebook, The Gold Standard - Color| Grey Scale
Before submitting your proposal when using the Pathway GSLE, you must:
- Complete two Journeys at the Girl Scout Senior and/or Ambassador level, OR
- Earn the Girl Scout Silver Award as a Cadette, and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey*
To submit your proposal, send it to GSCNC, 4301Connecticut Ave NW, M-2, Washington, DC 20008, attn: Gold Award Panel. All submissions must be received by 5pm on the first business day of the month.
Once your proposal is approved, you must engage in a Take Action Project that addresses a root issue that you’re interested in, has national and/or global ties and is sustainable. It is suggested that you spend a minimum of 80 hours on the project, including any work you’ve done before submitting your proposal. The 80 hour guideline does not include time spent on Journeys or the Silver Award.
A few things to keep in mind:
- Girls following Pathway GSLE may not plan a group Gold Award project
- Girls should not use their parent as their Project Advisor
- Girls should not use their Troop Leader/Advisor as their Project Advisor
- Girls must submit a letter of endorsement from the organization/individual they plan to work with
*Please note: Juliettes should be sure to obtain copies of both the Girl and Adult Guides for each Journey, as both books are needed to successfully complete all of the Journey requirements.
Click here to find out more about Pathway GSLE and download all necessary forms.
Questions? Contact the Teen Program Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 274-3336.
Helpful Gold Award Links:
here to contact the Gold Award Panel or to schedule your In-Person Presentation
Click here for FAQs regarding the new Gold Award Pathway GSLE.
Click here for the Gold Court of Awards, where you can see what other girls have done to earn the Gold Award.
Click here to find out about upcoming Gold Award Workshops, where a Gold Award Panel member will tell you what you need to know to go for the Gold.
Click here to find out more about scholarships you might be eligible for, including the GSCNC - Sarah and Lawrence Phillips Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship Fund.
Click here to find out more about In Your Honor, GSCNC's annual Gold Award ceremony.
Looking for information about how girls of all abilities can earn their Gold Award? Click here for a special FAQ section, and here to learn more about past projects focusing on children with disabilities.
Here's a link to the GSUSA site about the Gold Award: GSUSA Gold Award.