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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:
Kaylee Keegan - "Break the Stigma" (2019)

Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast National Young Women of Distinction Gold Award Girl Scout Nominee, 2019 Community of Excellence Award, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake, VA, Scout of the Year Award, VFW Post #4809, Norfolk, VA.

Learning that each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with mental illness, Kaylee Keegan decided to raise awareness of mental health concerns and fight the stigma related to mental health by providing support, educating the pubic and advocating for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. In partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Kaylee established mental health resource centers in Chesapeake high school libraries where students can find literature, including library books to borrow, and informational pamphlets that she designed in partnership with NAMI. Students use the materials to learn how to start a conversation with family and friends to encourage them to "Break the Stigma!" and talk about their concerns. Kaylee's project has blossomed to include "Break the Stigma!" resource centers at regional Boys and Girls Clubs and at https://gsbreakthestigma.wixsite.com/website/home.

Savannah Bowers - "Abuzz for Honey Bees" (2019)
Ariel Hofman - "Sheltering Native Bees" (2019)
Julie Averbach-Adventures from My World (2016)

National Gold Award Girl Scout 2016, Julie Averbach, Girl Scouts of the Heart of New Jersey, wrote and illustrated Adventures from My World, a comic book that reaches out to people who may feel lost or overlooked, letting them know that they are not alone in the highs and lows that they experience as siblings of people with special needs. With more than 10,000 copies in print, Adventures from My World is embraced by special needs sibling support groups, hospitals, libraries, schools, and private psychology practices in nineteen USA states and Canada, Brazil, England, and Australia. It has been translated and published in Spanish and Portuguese. Girl Scout Alum, Julie is a student at Yale University where, in 2018 she launched Yale Campus Girl Scouts as an official Yale student organization, Girl Scouts of Connecticut Council. She is the co-leader of New Haven, Connecticut Girl Scout Troop 60630. For more information about her project, visit http://www.adventuresfrommyworld.com/about.html

Girl Scout Gold Award

Gold Award Girl Scouts demonstrate extraordinary leadership by initiating measurable and sustainable methods to impact local challenges related to a national and/or global issue. 


2019 Gold Award Celebration

On Saturday, May 4, 2019, GSCCC honored 27 girls who earned their Gold Award during the 2019 membership year.

View the 2019 Gold Award Keepsake Booklet >>

Read about the celebration on our blog >>


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
2019–2020 Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Deadlines and Interview Dates
Deadline Interview Location
Sept 12, 2019 Oct 3, 2019
6 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Oct 11, 2019 Nov 2, 2019
9 a.m.
Virginia Beach 
Nov 14, 2019 Dec 5, 2019
6 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
Dec 13, 2019 Jan 4, 2020
9 a.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Jan 16, 2020 Feb 6, 2020
6 p.m.
Virginia Beach
Feb 14, 2020 Mar 7, 2020
9 a.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
Mar 12, 2020 Apr 2, 2020
6 p.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
Apr 10, 2020 May 2, 2020
9 a.m.
 Virginia Beach
May 14, 2020 June 4, 2020
6 p.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
June 11, 2020 July 2, 2020
9 a.m.
Peninsula Service Center, Newport News
July 16, 2020 Aug 6, 2020
6 p.m.
Virginia Beach
Aug 14, 2020 Sept 5, 2020
9 a.m.
A Place for Girls, Chesapeake
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Upcoming Go Gold Workshops

Sept. 22, 2019 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2 - 4 p.m.
Oct. 16, 2019 Virginia Beach Location, TBD 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 17, 2019 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2 - 4 p.m.
Jan. 25, 2020 Enmeier Center, Camp Skimino, Williamsburg 1 - 3 p.m.
Feb. 1, 2020 Hampton Location, TBD 1 - 3 p.m.
Mar. 22, 2020 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2 - 4 p.m.  
Apr. 25, 2020 Virginia Beach Location, TBD TBD
May 17, 2020 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2 - 4 p.m.
Jun. 20, 2020 Hampton Location, TBD 1 - 3 p.m.
Jul. 26, 2020 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2 - 4 p.m.
Aug. 18, 2020 Virginia Beach Location, TBD 6:30 - 8:3- p.m.
Sept. 20, 2020 North Carolina Location,. TBD TBD
Oct. 4, 2020 A Place for Girls, Chesapeake 2:30 - 4: 30 p.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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Are you a Girl Scout Alum who earned the highest award in Girl Scouting when it went by another name? 

If you earned the First Class, the Curved Bar, or the Golden Eaglet, we want to welcome you into the Gold Award Girl Scout family. See Girl Scouts USA's page to see how to receive your recognition. 

 


 

Changes made to the Girl Scout Gold Award

National has updated the Gold Award to include projects that may benefit the Girl Scout community. To ensure that this does not dilute the prestige, leadership efforts, or impact of each girl’s project, the Gold Award project must still meet the seven requirements that are key to making it a sustainable project and contain two of the three components (build, advocacy, education). All projects must have active leadership. 

 A build project would be a more difficult choice, as the project will still need to have a second component and active leadership. Build projects must have a community partner outside of the benefiting organization who will agree in writing to sustain what the girl has created in the years to come - neither GSCCC nor a GS troop can be the sustaining partner.

The second change is in money earning for a Gold Award Project. A girl must seek approval from the philanthropy department director prior to setting up money earning activity or asking for any in-kind donation. 

If you have questions, please contact the Colonial Coast Gold Award Committee directly at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.


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