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Girl Scout Gold Award Go Gold

Gold Award

Are you ready to make a difference in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn.

This award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it's only available to Girl Scouts. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you've accepted the challenge to change the world—or at least your corner of it.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 


Hear their Gold Award stories:
Ava Gonzalez - "Gardening for History" (2018)


A senior at Granby High School, Ava Gonzalez earned her Girl Scout Gold Award with her project "Gardening for History." Ava chose to create an outdoor garden exhibit for the Hunter House Victorian Museum, a Norfolk home turned museum built in 1894. “Gardening for History” is a free, educational exhibit that introduces green spaces to an area that lacked them beforehand. Read Ava's full story.

Krysta Rutherford - "The Forgotten Horses" (2018)


Krysta Rutherford, an avid horse lover, documented through video the need to save the critically endangered breed of horse: the Colonial Spanish Mustang. For more than a year, Krysta traveled thousands of miles in her quest to assemble the story of the Colonial Spanish Mustang. Her film has reached thousands of people through event showings, articles, presentations and more. Read Krysta's full story.

Tara Grady - "What Makes Me TIC" (2018)


Nansemond River High School student, Tara Grady, has been a Girl Scout for 9 years and is part of Suffolk's Troop 431. For her project, Tara created a Tourette Syndrome awareness campaign to teach her classmates and community members about the disorder. Tara was inspired to create the campaign because she lives with Tourette syndrome and had experienced some difficulties at school when some teachers did not understand her educational needs.  Read Tara's full story.

Lea Bonner - National Young Woman of Distinction (2017)


Lea Bonner, a Girl Scout Ambassador from Chesapeake, was named by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) as a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction. Each year, GSUSA selects 10 National Young Women of Distinction annually among candidates who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Award. For her Gold Award project, Lea established a recycling program for oyster shells from local restaurants in her community in order to help create reefs to help the oyster population grow. Read Lea's full story.


2018 Gold Award Celebration

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, GSCCC honored 30 girls who earned their Gold Award during the 2018 membership year.

View the 2018 Gold Award Keepsake Booklet >>


Go for the Girl Scout Gold Award:
Requirements & Steps for Earning the Gold Award
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

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Deadlines, Dates, and Workshops
2017–2018 Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Deadlines and Interview Dates
Deadline Interview Location
Fri., July 13, 2018 Sat., August 4, 2018
9 a.m.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church,
Virginia Beach
Thur., August 16, 2018 Thur., September 6, 2018
6 p.m.
A Place for Girls,
Chesapeake
Thur., Sept. 13, 2018 Thur., October 4, 2018
6 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Fri., Oct. 12, 2018 Sat., November 3, 2018
9 a.m.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach
Thur., Nov. 15, 2018 Thur., December 6, 2018
6 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
Fri., Dec. 14, 2018 Sat., Jan. 5, 2019
9 a.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Thur., Jan. 17, 2019 Thur., Feb. 7, 2019
6 p.m.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach
Fri., Feb. 8, 2019 Sat., Mar. 2, 2019
9 a.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
Thur., Mar. 14, 2019 Thur., Apr. 4, 2019
6 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Fri., Apr. 12, 2019 Sat., May 4, 2019
9 a.m.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach
Thur., May 16, 2019 Thur., Jun. 6, 2019
6 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
Fri., Jun. 21, 2019 Sat., Jul. 13, 2019
9 a.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Thur., Jul. 11, 2019 Thur., Aug. 1, 2019
6 p.m.
Wycliffe Presbyterian Church, Virginia Beach
Fri., Aug. 17, 2019 Sat., Sept. 7, 2019
9 a.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
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Upcoming Go Gold Workshops

June 16 First Christian Church, Hampton 10 a.m. - Noon
July 14 Wycliffe Presbyterian, Virginia Beach 10 a.m. - Noon
August 12 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2-4 p.m.
Sept. 8 First Christian Church, Hampton 10 a.m.- Noon
Oct. 20 Wycliffe Presbyterian, Virginia Beach 9 -11 a.m.
Gold Award Resources
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Learn about Girl Scout National Young Women of Distinction who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.

 

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Learn about the Helen Kattwinkel Tribute Fund that supports lifetime memberships for Gold Award alumnae.

 

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Hear from Girl Scout Gold Awardee Anne Fentress.

 


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