Girl Scout Gold Award

Earning your Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, focuses on Girl Scouts in grades 9-12, their interests and their personal journey through leadership skills, career explorations, self-improvement, and service.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest, most prestigious award in Girl Scouting.  By choosing to earn this award you are establishing yourself as a leader in your community and you are joining an elite sisterhood of Girl Scouts who have earned this award before you. 

Girls in 9th grade can begin working towards the Girl Scout Gold Award and have until September 30th after they graduate high school to finish the award.

Girls working on their Girl Scout Gold are required to turn in a project proposal to the program specialist at the council that oversees that award, as well as a project report after completion of the project (see below to get these forms). All proposals must be approved by members of the Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Gold Award Advisory Committee before a girl can start work on her project. After the award paperwork is turned in girls are invited to attend an annual awards ceremony held in May of each year.

Did you know that the Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines are changing? 

Click here to see how the new Girl Scout Gold Award guidelines compare to the old.
GSUSA is asking for a 2 year transition period to allow girls who have already started working on their awards to complete under the old guidelines.  Girls will have from summer 2009 through September 30, 2011 to transition to the new guidelines. The guidelines will become official on October 1, 2011 (beginning of the 2012 membership year). If a girl starts working on the award in 2011 and the majority of work will be done during the 2012 membership year, the new guidelines should be used.
Not sure whether to do the new or the old way? Take the quiz!
Check these out for more info:
New Guidelines FAQ   
Old Guidelines FAQ

How to get started?

Going for Girl Scout Gold? Don’t have a clue about how to get started? Have an idea about what you want to do but not quite sure how to make it happen? Come to a Take Action Award Training for Girls. Come get your questions answered and the support you need! Please note: you can sign up for this class in the Older Girl Training section of E Council.

Our Girl Scout Gold Award Class – Take Action Award Training for Girls

Girl Scouts Heart of Central California Girl Award trainings are based on the new guidelines. Get an overview of the prerequisites you need to complete before starting on your project, ideas on how to find a community issue to address, and the steps that will help you build a great Take Action Award project.  The key components of measurability, sustainability and making a global connection for each award will be explained.  The role of the Journeys, the required paperwork, timelines and the approval process for each award will also be covered.  Adult Award Advisors can learn click here to find information (Adult guides) on the new guidelines.

Questions about money earning for your Girl Scout Gold Award?

For more details about ways to earn money click here

Important Deadlines!

November 15th
Deadline to turn in Girl Scout Gold Award proposal packets in order to participate in an annual awards ceremony the following May (proposal packets received after this date will be recognized at a ceremony during the next Girl Scout year).
March 20th
Deadline to turn in Girl Scout Gold Award project reports in order to be recognized at that year’s awards ceremony (reports received after this date will be recognized at a ceremony during the next Girl Scout year).
September 30th after graduating High School (for girls earning Girl Scout Gold) or when the girl turns 18 years old (whichever is later).
The absolute last day to turn in the Girl Scout Gold project report in order to be recognized as having earned the Girl Scout Gold Award by Girl Scouts of the USA.

New Guidelines: Girl Scout Gold Award Forms

More info and FAQ’s
Click here to go to GSUSA’s website to see some of their project examples and other FAQ.
Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines from GSUSA
Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal 3576
Girl Scout Gold Award Report 3577

Girl Scout Gold Award (old guidelines)

Girl Scout Gold Award- Overview 3366
Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Application 3383
Girl Scout Gold Award Project Report 3384

Bridge to Adult Girl Scouts Application 3385


Want more information on the award?  
Email or call 800.322.4475 and ask to speak to the Program Specialist overseeing the Girl Scout Gold Award.