Girl Scout Advocacy Network
Gold Award Recognition
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting, comparable to the Boy Scouts of America’s Eagle Scout merit.
- Girls who pursue their Gold Award aspire to transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching results.
- It’s not only Girl Scouts who understand the value of the Gold Award. Some universities and colleges offer scholarships unique to award recipients.
- Girls who enlist in the U.S. armed forces may receive advanced rank in recognition of their achievements.
How Can Members of Congress Honor Gold Award Recipients?
Here’s how your office can recognize Girl Scouts in your district/state who have earned their Gold Award:
- Send a congratulatory letter (DOC) with a certificate (DOC) to recognize the Gold Award achievement. (Certificates may be purchased in the House and Senate stationery shops.)
- Issue a press release (DOC) to publicize your support and help spread the word about the inspiring accomplishment of a girl or girls who have earned their Gold Award.
- Invite a Gold Award recipient to visit you in your DC or district office for a photo-op and personal congratulations.
- Contact your local Girl Scout council to ask about participating in their ceremony to honor the Gold Award recipients.
For information about the Gold Award Girl Scouts in your state or district, contact your local council(s) and ask to speak to the staff person who oversees the Gold Award. (Please note that some districts and states may be covered by two or more councils.)
Learn More About the Girl Scout Gold Award
- Girl Scout Gold Award page
- Girl Scout Gold Award fact sheet (PDF)
- Girl Scout Research Institute report—The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life (PDF)
- Press release: 2016 National Young Women of Distinction (provides examples of Gold Award projects)