Gold Award Facts and Figures
- Gold Award recipients spend between one and two years on their projects.
- The average age of Gold Award recipients is 17.
- In nearly 100 years, one million girls have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent.
- Gold Award recipients who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits.
- University research indicates that adding Gold Award to a college application is a critical element in the admissions-decision process.
Tools and Resources
Stay organized and keep track of your ideas, contact information, appointments,
and plans with the Girl Scout Gold Award Tools and Resources.
This toolkit includes a standards of excellence tracking sheet, tips,
planning guides, and advice to help with each step of your Take Action project.
Use these tools as you need them-and don't forget that your journey(s) include tools
and ideas, too!
Gold Award History
The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919,
marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing girls who make a difference
in their communities with a prestigious award. The names have changed, but the meaning
stays the same:
- 1916-1919 Golden Eagle of Merit
- 1919-1939 Golden Eaglet
- 1938-1940 First Class
- 1940-1963 Curved Bar
- 1963-1980 First Class
- 1980-present Gold Award
GSUSA would like to thank the Kappa Delta Foundation for their support of the Gold Award and the Young Women of Distinction recognition.