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Be a Gold Award Girl Scout

What comes first?

Ready to Go Gold? Your first step is to attend one of our Gold Award Workshops.



GoGold Online

Submit your Gold Award proposal and find tools and resources.

This video will take you through the GoGold Online process from start to finish.

Earning the Gold Award

Girl Scout Gold Award pin

GSUSA Guide to Going Gold
A step-by-step manual for Seniors and Ambassadors from GSUSA to earn their Girl Scout Gold Award. 

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
Forms and Resources

GoGold Online
Submit your Gold Award proposal and find tools and resources. 

Gold Award Guides
Project Advisor Guide | Parent/Caregiver Guide | Troop Leader Guide

Gold Award Project Proposal Rubric

Gold Award Supplemental Forms
Use these while completing your award requirements and submit them with your final report.

Gold Award Final Report Form 
The final report is part of the GoGoldOnline process. This form is for informational purposes only. 

Communicating with your Project Advisor
Use this letter/email template to educate your project advisor about Girl Scouts and the Gold Award.

Additional Insurance Request Form

Trip & High-Risk Activity Application

Safety Activity Checkpoints

Requesting Contributions
Use these guidelines and templates to solicit donations and request contributions for your Gold Award project.

If you need any additional forms not listed here, visit our Forms Library and search by keyword or choose the “Girl Awards” category.

Workshops and Brainstorming Sessions

We offer two-hour interactive Gold Award Workshops to explore the project requirements of the Gold Award. Learn what resources are available, how to start, and how long it should take. Webinar workshops are offered each month from September through May.

We also offer Gold Award FAQ and Brainstorming webinars for girls who have already attended a Gold Award Workshop. Girls can join GSWPA staff and members of the Gold Award Committee for an open FAQ session.

As new Gold Award Workshops and Gold Award FAQ and Brainstorming webinars become available, they will be posted on our Activities Calendar

Need training on another day? No problem! We have a team of facilitators to help you out. Fill out this form to request a workshop.  


Why are Journeys prerequisites to earning the Girl Scout Gold Award? 
The Journeys let girls experience what they’ll do as they work to earn Girl Scouting’s highest awards. The skills girls gain while working on Journeys will help them develop, plan, and implement Take Action projects for their Gold Award.

How do girls know when a Journey is "completed?" 
A Journey is completed when a girl has earned the Journey awards, which include creating and carrying out a Take Action project.

What makes the guidelines for the Gold Award different from those for the Journeys?
In contrast to Journey Take Action projects, which give girls themes on which to base their projects, Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action projects have no predesigned theme. A girl selects her own theme, and then designs and executes a Take Action project.

What are the suggested hours for earning the Gold Award? 
Not all projects will require the same length of time to move from planning to sharing and celebration. The time it takes to earn the awards will depend on the nature of the project, size of the team, and degree of community support. Quality projects should be emphasized over quantity of hours. After Journey requirements are fulfilled, the suggested minimum number of hours to use as a guide is 80 hours.

Can girls begin working on their Gold Award the summer after they bridge (transition) from one Girl Scout level to the next?
Yes. Girls can begin to earn the award over the summer.

Can Take Action projects for the Girl Scout Gold Award focus on Girl Scouting?
Take Action projects for the Girl Scout Gold Award are expected to reach into the community to "make the world a better place." As they mature in Girl Scouts, Seniors and Ambassadors are ready to move beyond the Girl Scout family to share their leadership skills with the wider community. It is in fully exploring their communities that older girls exemplify the Girl Scout mission to "build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place."

If a girl starts working on her Gold Award project and moves, can she still earn her award?
Councils and Overseas Committees are encouraged to be flexible to work and serve girls’ best interests. If a girl moves, she should work with her council and/or Overseas Committees to complete her project.

Who are the adult guides for: council staff, parents, or volunteers?
Any adult is welcome to use the adult guides. The guides were designed for volunteers working directly with girls who are earning their awards.

Do we need a different set of requirements for girls with disabilities to earn the Gold Award?
No. Girl Scout Gold Award work is done to the best of a girl’s ability. There is no need to have special requirements for girls with disabilities—encourage flexibility and the recruitment of advisors that can work with the girl individually.

Can a troop or group work toward a Gold Award together?
The Gold Award is an individual girl’s journey. The Gold Award process requires a girl to take control of her leadership development and grow in new ways that a group setting cannot provide. This is a commitment she makes and completes as an individual.

Is sustainability differentiated at each grade level?
The guidelines give girls tools to examine the underlying root cause of issues, develop sustainable project plans, and measure the impact of their projects on their communities, target audiences, and themselves. There is progression. While Girl Scout Juniors working on their Girl Scout Bronze Awards will reflect on how their projects could be kept going, Girl Scout Cadettes plan for sustainability. Seniors and Ambassadors work to ensure the sustainability of their project in order to meet Gold Award standards of excellence.

While Juniors explore an issue that affects their Girl Scout community, Cadettes create a community map of their neighborhood or school. Meanwhile, Seniors and Ambassadors earning the Gold Award assess an issue and its effect more broadly by interviewing community leaders, researching using a variety of sources, and investigating other communities’ solutions to similar problems.

Who can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
A girl must be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador.

Can individually registered girl members or “Juliettes” earn the Girl Scout Gold Award?
Yes. Any girl who meets the grade-level and membership requirements can earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.

Does a Senior or Ambassador need to complete the two Journeys in any particular order? 
No. She can complete either two Girl Scout Senior-level journeys, two Ambassador-level Journeys, or one of each.

How can we make sure that Girl Scout Gold Awards represent quality projects?
The best way to make sure a girl is working at the best of her ability is to ensure that both she and her project advisor receive orientation about the award and understand the difference between a one-time community service opportunity or event and a Gold Award Take Action project. It’s the responsibility of the troop/group volunteer, council staff member, or Gold Award committee to work with the girl to ensure she meets the quality requirements of the award.

What is the difference between a troop/group volunteer and a Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor? Do girls need both?
A troop/group volunteer is the adult who works with Girl Scouts. Once a girl identifies her issue, the troop/group volunteer might help her identify a person in the community who could be a great project advisor.

A Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor is a volunteer who guides a girl as she takes her project from the planning stage to implementation. The project advisor is typically not a girl’s parent or a Girl Scout troop/group volunteer. The project advisor is typically someone from the community who is knowledgeable about the issue and who can provide guidance and expertise along the way.

Why can’t a parent be a Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor?
Girls are encouraged to connect with others in their communities when earning the Girl Scout Gold Award. That means working with a project advisor who is not her parent.

At what point should a Girl Scout Gold Award project advisor be identified?
The project advisor should be identified in the planning phase before the Girl Scout Gold Award project proposal is turned in to the council. The project advisor expands the network of adults and provides expertise for a girl’s project. If a girl has an idea before she starts any work on her Gold Award, she might want to identify her project advisor at the very beginning.

What is the role of a council’s Girl Scout Gold Award committee? 
Some councils have developed Girl Scout Gold Award Committees to support Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors as they go through the process of earning their Gold Awards. Girl Scout Gold Award Committees are typically comprised of community members, educators, key volunteers, and young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards. The committee works with designated council staff.

The committee’s role is to ensure girls’ projects meet the national guidelines. Generally, the committee reviews Girl Scout Gold Award project proposals, makes recommendations for project development and resources, reads the final reports, and makes recommendations to the council on whether to approve the projects. In some councils, the committee approves the projects. If a girl’s project has not yet achieved its goals, the committee provides suggestions and tips to help her develop a high-quality Gold Award project.

What does it mean to have a sustainable project?
A sustainable project is one that lasts after the girl’s involvement ends. A focus on education and raising awareness is one way to make sure a project is carried on. Workshops and hands-on learning sessions can inspire others to keep the project going. Another way to create a sustainable project is by collaborating with community groups, civic associations, nonprofit agencies, local government, and/or religious organizations to ensure the project lasts beyond a girl’s involvement.

How does a girl measure project impact?
Girls identify their project goals in relation to their communities, target audiences, and themselves by developing success indicators using a matrix provided in the Gold Award guidelines.

Can a girl earn the Girl Scout Gold Award even if she hasn’t been in Girl Scouts very long? 
Yes! She just needs to be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador to begin her Gold Award project.

What if a girl is 18 and graduating? Can she complete her project when she is in college?
A girl has until she turns 18 or until the end of the Girl Scout membership year (September 30) when she is a senior in high school.

What if a girl graduates and is 18 and doesn’t have her project completed?
In this case, a girl would have until September 30 of the year she graduates.

What if a girl’s project is not completed by the time of her council’s ceremony?
This is up to the girl. She might be recognized among her peers for her work-in-progress at her council’s Girl Scout Gold Award ceremony, be honored in a separate ceremony, or come back for the following year’s ceremony. If the council has a set time for honoring Girl Scout Gold Awardees, girls should be notified when they begin their project. Girls and their project advisors are encouraged to work within the council’s timeline. Ceremony time should not dictate whether or not a girl is able to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award.


Earned your Gold Award?

Congratulations–you are now part of a national sisterhood of Gold Award Girl Scouts! Here's what comes next.


GSWPA staff and members of the Gold Award Committee will gather nation and state citations on your behalf from prominent United States Government officials and will be given to Gold Award Girl Scouts during the council ceremony, as well as used to promote your awesome work through media channels. 

We also strongly encourage you to send the Press Release to your local medial and to obtain local citations.  Please let us know what publication you send your Press Release to so that we can monitor your accomplishments. 

Gold Award Press Release Templates
Use these templates to send press releases to your local newspaper to tell them about your accomplishment:

If you need assistance, please contact Stef Marshall at

Highlight Your Accomplishments
  • As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you have tackled an issue that is dear to you and drove positive, sustainable change in your local community and beyond.  You transformed a vision into reality, and we’re so proud of your accomplishment. 

    GSUSA is offering a complimentary digital badge for you to highlight your Gold Award on LinkedIn and other social media channels. Click here to display your credentials with pride and show the world–and potential employees.

    When you sign up for your credentials, you’ll have an opportunity to enroll in the Girl Scout Network, GSUSA’s new community of Girl Scout alums and supporters across the country.  

  • Be a Gold Award Social Medial Influencer
    The Gold Award gets you ready for life. It’s proof that you’ve already made a lasting change in your community and beyond.  Inspire your passion in others by sharing the change you wanted to make through your Gold Award. 

Map It!

Map It! Girls Changing the World is an interactive map that shows how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world!  Girl Scouts may submit their Bronze Award, Silver Award, Gold Award, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action Projects.  Others may browse the project to get ideas or simply be inspired.  Girls should enter their projects here.

Save the Date

As a new Gold Award Girl Scout, you will be receiving an invitation in early spring to the next Council Court of Awards ceremony.  Your participation is free, but please be sure to RSVP as soon as possible after receiving the formal invitation. 

 In preparation for the yearly Court of Award Ceremony, you will be contacted by council staff and committee members in early spring.  Please be sure to respond as needed so that we can ensure our ceremony is a celebration that represents all of our Gold Award Girl Scouts.  

Please note Girl Scout Gold Award pins will be given during the ceremonies; however, you may request to receive your pin at an earlier time for a special celebration.  Please contact to make that request.