Girl Scout Gold Award: The mark of the truly remarkable

Become a Gold Award Girl Scout

Change the world, change your life, and earn the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting.

Gold Award Girl Scouts are rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes. How do they do it? By using everything they’ve learned as a Girl Scout to help fix a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world. And you don’t have to be a seasoned activist or star student to get there. Girl Scouts who want to get involved and go for the Gold Award get a team of trusted adults and leaders in their community to guide them through challenges and lead them to success, step-by-step. There’s no other program like it.

Plus? Nothing beats that feeling of seeing real, lasting, and sustainable change and knowing it was you who made it happen. It changes the way you see your place in the world—and how the world sees you. Having the Girl Scout Gold Award on your high school transcript or resume can make you stand out when it comes to college admissions, scholarship applications, internships, and job interviews. Amazing facts? A whopping 99 percent of Gold Award Girl Scouts take on leadership roles in their day-to-day lives. And having the Girl Scout Gold Award on your high school transcript or resume can make you stand out when it comes to college admissions, scholarship applications, internships, and job interviews. Three out of four Gold Award Girl Scouts say the award helped them get into college or a graduate program. For more amazing facts check out the Girl Scout Alum Difference.

Shout out to the 2021 class of 3,500 Gold Award Girl Scouts who dedicated more than 350,000 hours to making the world a better place. And huge congrats to the 105 recipients of this year’s Girl Scouts of the USA Gold Award Scholarships. We are grateful to our scholarship funders, Kappa Delta Foundation and Arconic Foundation for making it all possible. 

You can become a Gold Award Girl Scout if you

  • are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade
  • are a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador
  • have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys, or have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey

How to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:

  • Let your council know you want to earn it.
  • Find an issue in your community or the greater world that you care about.
  • Learn everything you can about that issue through research and trusted sources.
  • Form a team by identifying experts and other people in your community who could help you.
  • Think about the root cause of the issue, then make a plan of how you could tackle it.
  • Submit your project proposal to your Girl Scout council for approval.
  • Lead your team and carry out your plan.
  • Reflect on the change you’ve created in your community and the world in general, share your story, and inspire others to make a difference, too.

Your local Girl Scout council will have more details and can support you throughout the Gold Award process.

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