Identify an issue.
Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about.
Are you ready to make lasting change on an issue you’re passionate about?
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 you earn the Gold Award, you can tackle the issues most important to you. 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.
By the time you put the final touches on your Gold Award,
you'll have taken seven steps to develop a lasting solution to the
challenge you’ve tackled. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’ll also have
a competitive edge in the college admissions process and be
eligible for scholarships.
Check out the seven steps to the Gold Award below.
Identify an issue.
Investigate it thoroughly.
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you've identified.
Get help and build your team.
Form a team to support your efforts and help you take action.
Create a plan.
Identify the root cause of an issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.
Present your plan and gather feedback.
Submit your Project Proposal Form to your Girl Scout council for approval.
Lead your team and carry out your plan.
Educate and inspire.
Tell your story and share your results.
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.
Higher education and career
- Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
- Earn college scholarships
- Enter the military one rank higher
- Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
- Master time management skills
- Make the world a better place
- Use your vision for change
- Tackle an issue, locally or globally
- Establish a lifetime network
your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem
Adult Guide: Girl Scout Gold Award
Girl Scout Gold Award FAQ
100 Years of Extraordinary Projects from Extraordinary Girls
As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you're part of an elite group of young women.
Starting in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouts from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouts. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.