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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

You’ve probably liked, shared, marched, helped out and possibly even donated—now it’s time to take action and become a Gold Award Girl Scout. Who is a Gold Award Girl Scout, though? She’s the dreamer and doer who takes “make the world a better place” to the next level. She’s driven, passionate and optimistic. She’s the leader of tomorrow today. Essentially? She’s you!

So get ready to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the most highly regarded award in the world for girls. It’s the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can you make a difference, but that you already have. It’s a distinction that can open your world up to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college and amazing career opportunities.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award and the benefits of going Gold.


Girl Scout Gold Award
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey


You have participated in a Ready, Set, Take Action- Girl Scout Gold Award training (Registration deadline for these sessions is one week before or until full).

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue

  • Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about. 

Investigate your issue thoroughly

  • Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you've identified. 

Get help and build your team

  • Form a team to support your efforts and help you take action. 

Create a plan

  • Identify the root cause of an issue and then create a plan to tackle it. 

Present your plan and gather feedback 

  • Submit your Project Proposal Form to your Girl Scout council for approval. 

Take action

  • Lead your team and carry out your plan. 

Educate and inspire

  • Tell your story and share your results. 

Remember: Girl Scouts may not start implementing their project until they have received approval from the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee.

Ready, Set, Take Action- Girl Scout Gold Award Trainings

Get ready to go for the Gold! During this training, you will learn about the requirements, approval process and helpful tips for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls will also have the opportunity to brainstorm and receive feedback on their project ideas. Find upcoming trainings here.

GoGold Online

You're ready to be a Gold Award Girl Scout! Submit your Girl Scout Gold Award proposal and find tools and resources by using GoGold Online

Girl Resources & Forms
Guidelines for Funding Girl Scout Gold Award Projects

If girls are doing an additional funding activity to support their Girl Scout Gold Award project including, but not limited to, a car wash, bake sale, applying for a grant, yard sale, etc. then they must sell 60 packages of cookies during the Girl Scout Cookie Program OR 48 boxes of cookies AND 10 items during the Girl Scout Fall Product Program. If they do not plan to do an additional funding activity, they are not required to sell cookies in order to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award.

Girl Scout Gold Award Important Dates

Gold Award Interviews
All Girl Scouts hoping to achieve the highest award in Girl Scouting must meet with the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee to present their proposed project before they begin working on it, and once again when their project has been completed for final approval. Do not begin your project until you have received approval from the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee. Click here for 2021-22 Gold Award interview schedule.

Other Important Dates 

  • April 1 (of senior year): Last date for submitting your Girl Scout Gold Award proposal
  • March 15: Last day to have your Final Exit Interview completed to be included in that year's recognition ceremony (held in May)
  • September 15: The official deadline to submit your Final Report after your 12th grade year.
  • September 30 (after graduating high school): Last date to have Final Exit Interview
Ways to Celebrate
  • Locally: Troops or service units may hold local pinning ceremonies. Girls and their families are encouraged to invite mentors, volunteers, community partners, local dignitaries and many others to celebrate in the successful completion of their project and the ways in which it helped a community. This can happen anytime after the Girl Scout successfully completes her Final Exit Interview.
  • Council-wide: To recognize all the Silver and Gold Award Girl Scouts, Girl Scouts Carolinas Peaks to Piedmont hosts Silver and Gold Award ceremonies across our council the second Sunday in May. 

You can purchase Girl Scout Gold Award keepsakes by visiting our service center shops or online shop. Please note: The Girl Scout Gold Award pin is given to girls by GSCP2P.

Scholarship Opportunities

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is an achievement recognized by many institutions. Here are a few scholarship options available to Gold Award Girl Scouts:

  • Check out GSUSA's searchable scholarship database.
  • Contact the admissions offices at your college/ university to discuss your Gold Award project and how it may link to their leadership and/or community action scholarships.
  • Each year, GSCP2P selects, at random, recipients for a select number of Gold Award scholarships. Girls will be notified at the ceremony in May. 

Troop Leader, Parent & Project Advisor Resources
Tips from Gold Award Girl Scouts
Need More Inspiration?
  • See what Girl Scouts are doing to make the world a better place by checking out the Take Action projects on this interactive map.  
  • See our own GSCP2P 2020-2021 Gold Award Girl Scouts here.  




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The Gold Award Committee
The Gold Award Committee is composed of caring and dedicated volunteers. Each committee member mentors girls as they embark on their journey toward the Girl Scout Gold Award- offering advice, support and guidance along the way. These committee members’ efforts ensure the success of our GSCP2P Gold Award Girl Scouts and their dedication is what makes our Girl Scout Gold Award program possible. 

Gold Award Committee members meet monthly to review Gold Award applications, conduct entrance and exit interviews, provide guidance to girls working on projects and award recipients with the highest honor a Girl Scout can achieve. Interested applicants need to have a strong interest in working with high school age girls. Experience with highest awards is preferred, but not required. Please click here to fill out the interest form to learn more!