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Turning California Gold
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Together, Gold Award Girl Scouts Are Turning California Gold

Girl Scouts across California are earning the highest award in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award. They are engaged with their communities, doing project work that goes above and beyond, and sharing their leadership with others to make all of California’s communities stronger. Gold Award Girl Scouts are turning California gold, one Gold Award at a time.

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The Gold Award: The Highest Award in Girl Scouting

Open to girls in high school only, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls (and the most difficult to earn), and it’s available exclusively to Girl Scouts. 

When Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award, they can tackle the issues most important to them and their communities. Gold Award Girl Scouts are inspiring leaders who are working on a broad range of the most challenging problems facing our world today—from human trafficking to ocean pollution to education access to expanded STEM training for girls in underserved communities.

Gold Award Girl Scouts also have a competitive edge in the college admissions process and be eligible for scholarships.

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The Benefits of Going Gold
Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

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Higher education and career

  • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
  • Earn college scholarships
  • Enter the military one rank higher
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Life skills

  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
  • Master time management skills
  • Make the world a better place
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  • Use your vision for change
  • Tackle an issue, locally or globally
  • Establish a lifetime network

Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem

Source: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012.

Take the Next Step: Turn California Gold

If you are in high school, or know of a girl in high school who could benefit from the opportunities that a Gold Award can give her, join today as an individually registered Girl Scout, or as part of a troop. Then, take a look at how her path can lead her to a Gold Award.  


Meet amazing Gold Award Girl Scouts changing the world!

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