Girl Scout Gold Award®
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a Girl Scout in grades 9-12 can earn. It represents the hard work and dedication a girl has shown to Girl Scouting and her commitment as well as her commitment towards making the world a better place. Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award requires hard work and a willingness to take on significant responsibility. It involves decision making and the ability to follow a plan set by each girl. A final project must be complete, which symbolizes everything the girls have learned and requires eighty hours in planning and execution. The Girl Scouts have a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.
Throughout our history, the highest award in Girl Scouting has been known by many names including the Golden Eaglet of Merit from 1916 to 1919, the Curved Bar from 1940 to 1963, and the First Class Scout from 1963 to 1980. In 1980 GSUSA reinvented the award with the name the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Girls must complete a mandatory Gold Award Workshop, where they will learn the details of the Gold Award requirements. Parents and leaders are invited to attend the workshop as well. Refer to the council calendar.
Prior to starting your Take Action Project, you must attend a Gold Award Workshop, and complete your Journey requirements.
Complete a council sponsored workshop.
Complete two level appropriate Journeys or one Journey and earn the Silver Award while a Girl Scout Cadette.
Your options for Journeys are:
Take Action Project
Girl Scouts working towards earning their Gold Award should create an account online using the Girl Scout Gold Award App. This national resource connects girls directly with their council and will walk each girl through the entire process including the creation of her proposal and final report. Please note that additional materials will need be submitted to GSCSNJ for completetion.
Step 1: Identify an issue and determine a root cause.
Make sure it’s a community issue you care about.
Step 2: Investigate it thoroughly, find documentation to support the issue
Zoom in on your issue; a focused effort has more impact!
Step 3: Build a team to assist with the issue
Invite others to join your team. Choose a project advisor and mentor.
Step 4: Create a plan
Address a root cause, consider sustainability and create your plan of action.
Step 5: Complete a proposal, submit it to Council, and attend your interview
Once you’ve submitted your plan, you will be contact by e-mail for an interview. During your interview, you will receive feedback from the review team. Be sure to follow up with any adjustments that may be required. Once your project is approved, you’re ready to get started!
Step 6: Take action following your interview
Take Action and implement your project.
Step 7: Final Report & Communications
Complete the final report and submit it to the council; send pictures, blogs, web sites, etc. Be sure to educate and inspire others by sharing your story.
Step 8: Celebrate!
Awardees are recognized each spring through a council wide ceremony. Look for your invitation in the spring!
Questions? Please contact our awards department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Resources to Get Started
- Sample Proposal Questions (PDF)
- Sample Final Report Questions (PDF)
All Gold Award Proposals & Final Reports are now submitted using the Girl Scout Gold Award App. Please create your online account to get started. Sample sheets of the questions for both the propsal and final report are available above. We advise all girls to work on their answers with their advisor before submitting online.
In addition to what you will submit via the app, GSCSNJ requires all Girl Scouts to submit a time log, budget and a headshot. Below is an excel sheet for both the time log and budget (sheet 1 and sheet 2). After you submit your final report, all GSCSNJ Girl Scouts must complete the additional resources below. Please note, the time log, budget and photo can all be uploaded with the additional resource online form. A cover sheet, signed by your advisor, mentor, and yourself must also be sent to the council. Questions regarding our submission process should be sent to email@example.com.
- Submissions Steps - Start to Finish (PDF)
- Time Log & Budget (Excel)
- Additional Resources Online Form (you will be able to upload your time log, budget and photo)
- Cover Sheet for Proposals
- Cover Sheet for Final Report
Girl Scouts who completed their proposals before October 1, 2013 can use the Gold Award Final Report listed below for submission. Once you have completed your final report, please make sure to follow the additional steps above (time log, budget, headshot, etc.). Don’t forget to mail your final report and any additional documentation to council.
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