Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouting and can be earned by girls in grades nine through 12. This leadership award involves completing two Senior or Ambassador Journeys (depending on the Girl Scout’s grade level), researching and identifying community issues, and developing and implementing a sustainable, 80 hour project that addresses a valid need outside the Girl Scout community. Girls must work on this award individually but can complete the Journey pre-requisites as a troop. Before starting on the award project, a project proposal must be mailed to the Awards Program Specialist at the Program Center in Sacramento for approval; the process takes 6-8 weeks. After the project is completed a final report detailing the project must be submitted to the Awards Program Specialist.
Girls whose final reports are received by March 20th will be invited to that year’s Girls Who Inspire ceremony; a new ceremony recognizing the Girl Scout Gold, Bridge to Girl Scout adult, and GSHCC Rose award earners.
Steps to Earn the Girl Scout Gold Award
Girls must complete two Journeys as the pre-requisites for this award OR earn the Girl Scout Silver Award and complete one Journey. Upon deciding to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, put the following steps in motion:
- Girls should begin in ninth and 10th grade by completing any two Senior Journeys. Each Journey should take approximately 4-8 months to complete.
- Starting in 10th and 11th grade girls will be ready to start identifying issues that affect their community and research those issues to discover the root cause, in other words, what is causing the problem? Why does the problem/need exist? Now is a good time for girls and their advisors to take the Take Action Award Training.
- During their 11th and 12th grade years, girls should develop and implement an 80 hour Take Action project. Girls have until September 30 after graduating high school to turn in the final report.
- If a Girl Scout is planning an event for her project, it is mandatory that she take the Prepare 2B Ready class.
- Risk management paperwork and an event intent form need to be turned in to their Volunteer Management Specialist AND the Awards Program Specialist at least 3 weeks before their event.
- Additional insurance is mandatory for any event that includes non- Girl Scout participants; it can be purchased using the additional insurance form. Insurance must be purchased at least 3 weeks before their event.
Need Additional Help?
GSUSA has created workbooks to help everyone stay on track as girls progress through the award. These can be found in the Senior and Ambassador Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting or you can download the guides listed below for both girls and adults. Please be aware that these guides are developed by GSUSA and might not reflect all GSHCC council requirements for this award.
Take Action Award Training classes give girls and adults a basic overview of the award requirements, ideas for building successful Take Action award projects, and guidance on GSHCC rules and regulations. This class is best taken after most of the award pre-requisites have been completed. To register as a girl go to “Older Girl Training” on E-council, as an adult go to “Adult Training” on E-council. Training is not required but highly recommended.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800.322.4475 and ask to speak to the Awards Program Specialist.
- March 20: Deadline to turn in Girl Scout Gold Award project report in order to participate in that year’s Girls Who Inspire ceremony. (Reports received after this date will be recognized at next year’s ceremony.)
- September 30 after graduating high school: The absolute last day to turn in the Girl Scout Gold Award project report in order to be recognized as having earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by Girl Scouts of the USA.
Girls are required to turn in a proposal packet to the Awards Program Specialist at the Program Center in Sacramento for approval before starting on their project. Approval process takes 6 – 8 weeks so plan accordingly.
A final report needs to be turned in upon completion of their project to the Awards Program Specialist at the Program Center in Sacramento. Please use the paperwork found on our council website as it includes additional pages not included in the paperwork found in the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting or GSUSA’s website.