Girl Scout Gold Award

Who can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
Registered Girl Scouts in grades 9-12 may earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. Girls have until September 30 of the year they graduate high school to complete their awards. If the girl is not in a traditional school setting (has graduated early), she has until September 30 of the year she turns 18.

What makes the Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action project guidelines different from the Journey?
In contrast to journey Take Action projects, which give girls themes on which to base their Journey Take Action project, the Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action projects have no pre-designed theme. Girls select their own theme, design, and execute their Take Action project. Girls can work as a group, sharing the leadership roles for the Journey Take Action project, but an individual girl needs to be responsible for leading the whole of her Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action project.

What forms should a girl use for council approval?
Girl Scouts Heart of Central California has a Proposal Packet and Final Report form used by the Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee that are specific to our council. Girls should call the council office or email to secure the most current forms.

What is the role of the Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee?
This is a group of adult volunteers dedicated to helping girls succeed.  They review project proposals via email. They will review the size, scope, and cost of the project and make recommendations to ensure that it is an appropriate project to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, while ensuring the applicant’s success. Committee members are often aware of community issues and understand the dynamics that could impact projects. They may also be able to introduce the girl to other adults who can assist them.

Is the Girl Scout Gold Award Project an individual project or may a team implement it?
Because the Girl Scout Gold Award is earned by individuals, the project must be an individual project.  Girls who want to work together can often find a similar community issue to address, but each girl must implement a unique, “stand alone” project. Once the criteria for an individual project are met, girls can share an additional component above and beyond the requirements for their individual projects.  No projects may depend upon the implementation of another project.  Often times, girls find that group projects need to be so large, complex, and diverse that they find working by themselves to be much more beneficial and personally satisfying.  Groups of more than two are highly discouraged from addressing the same community issue. 

How do girls get money?
Every girl going for this award will face some financial challenges. When designing a project, it’s important to think creatively about how a difference can be made with little or no money.  Candidates may collect donated materials and services, receive funds from cooperating agencies, request troop or service unit money and develop other money earning strategies. Consult the council’s Money Matters publication and the GSHCC website for more information and guidelines.

Can the project address an issue for the Girl Scout community?
Girl Scout Gold Award projects must address a community issue outside of Girl Scouting.  Girl Scout Gold Award projects are much broader in scope and impact than any community service project. Girl Scouts may be among those recruited as project volunteers.

What types of projects should be avoided?
“Canned” service projects, projects where the girl is simply “doing the leg-work” for an agency or group, single events that have previously been developed and implemented by others, and anything that is Girl Scout-exclusive do not qualify as Girl Scout Gold projects. These are all excellent and worthy service projects, but it takes something extra to be a Girl Scout Gold Award project. Girl Scout Gold Award projects address a community issue, challenge a girl’s leadership and organizational skills, and make a lasting change to life in her community.


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.