The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Girls who earn this award show their courage, confidence and character to make the world a better place.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award any Girl Scout can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys, or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador Journey. Girls should complete the Journeys appropriate to their age level. Each Journey you complete gives you the skills you need to plan and implement your Take Action project.
After you have completed the prerequisites, you ready to begin! First read the Gold Award Information Packet and have your adult volunteers read the Gold Award Adult Volunteer Guide located in the documents section. Then gather your Gold Award team: the Gold Award is an individual award, but you will be leading a team of friends, family, Girl Scout sisters, and volunteers. Your family and your troop leaders can be your adult volunteers. You will also need to find a project advisor, who is an expert on your project’s issue or who works for the organization you are serving. Together with your adult volunteers, you can watch the Gold Award Information Session video. If you will need money to do your project, both you and your adult volunteers should read the Financing Your Highest Award Guide for important information and guidelines about fundraising.
Gold Award Projects should make a difference in the community. They should address the problem of your issue, educate and inspire others, advocate for a change, and plan for sustainability. Once you have developed your Gold Award Project idea, submit a Gold Award Project Proposal to the Gold Award Support Committee for approval. You can submit the Gold Award Project Proposal form in the Supporting Documents below or use the GSUSA Go for the Gold Web App to submit your application. You can email it to Jessie O’Leary, email it to the Gold Award Support Committee, or mail it to the Bedford Corporate Office. The Gold Award Support Committee meets at the Bedford Corporate Office on the third Wednesday of every month to review Proposals. You will be asked to meet with the Committee in person or via video conference to present your Gold Award Project and to answer and questions. Once you have approval from the Gold Award Support Committee, you can begin working on your project.
You will need to complete a suggested minimum of 80 hours for the project. Hours dedicated to fundraising or fundraising purposes cannot count towards the 80 hours of the project.
When you are finished with your project, you should submit a Gold Award Final Report. Gold Award Final Reports with any supporting documents and pictures can be emailed to Jessie O’Leary, emailed to the Gold Award Support Committee, or mailed to the Bedford Corporate Office. Processing and review of paperwork takes approximately four weeks from receipt. Gold Award recipients will be honored at the Young Women of Distinction Ceremony in the fall or spring. If you prefer to be honored, at a local ceremony, please notify Council at least one month in advance.
Come to a Meeting!
The Gold Award Support Committee meets every third Wednesday of the month. Proposal must be submitted two weeks prior to the meeting date to be reviewed. Meetings are at our Bedford Service Center or can be setup online via video conference.
You can now submit your Gold Award Project Proposal online using the GSUSA web app. Check it out here!