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Be a Gold Award Girl Scout

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We recently had our 2020 Gold Award Ceremony on Facebook Live! In case you missed it, you can still read our 2020 Gold Award Girl Scout Booklet >>

   

A Gold Award Girl Scout is a dreamer and doer who takes “make the world a better place” to the next level. She’s driven, passionate, and optimistic. She’s the leader of tomorrow today. Essentially? She’s you!

How Can You Become a Gold Award Girl Scout?

To earn this unique award, Seniors and Ambassadors tackle issues dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond.

First, complete the Girl Scout Gold Award pre-requisites by earning the Girl Scout Silver Award and one Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout Journey OR by earning two Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout Journey Awards.

Then start thinking about how you would like to lead a team in making the world a better place. When you are ready to become a Gold Award Girl Scout, contact GSCCC's Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com to ask questions and receive more information.

Get Started

Be sure to read everything in this section including watching the videos. You will also find a link to the Go Gold App. You will need to create a Go Gold account in the Go Gold App. Once you do, you'll be able to access the proposal with all the links so you can view in total. Within this app, there is a section for council-specific documents. This is where you will add your letters and complete and attach your money-earning form (if you need to earn money to fund your project).

You can find additional resources and videos of Gold Award projects on Girl Scouts of the USA website and on this page. 

Tip: Put an "x" in each question so you can move through the proposal. You can then go back and fill in each answer before you hit submit. Please note that there will be a box that pops up in each question with numbers. These numbers are the minimum and maximum number of words you should have in your answer for each question. 

Things to Consider When Planning

Projects must meet the national standards and include two of the following three components: education, advocacy, and build - an active leadership component. All projects must have a community partner who will work with you and agree to sustain your project upon completion. You will also need letters from any locations involved giving you permission to hold/do/accept your Gold Award project at their location.

Please do 10 to 15 hours of research on the topic and its root cause, the issue you have identified and your solution. These hours are pre-work and do not count toward your project hours.

Gold Award project hours are a minimum of 80 hours with most projects coming in over 100 hours. You will need a project adviser who is an expert in the topic of the issue you are solving. Your project adviser may not be your troop leader or a family member. You will also need a team of at least five people, with only one being a family member who are passionate about your topic and will work side by side with you on the project.

Submitting Your Proposal

Once you complete the proposal in Go Gold App, you'll send the project proposal to your adviser and troop leader for their electronic signature. Please let them know to watch for that email coming to them.

Once they receive it via email, they will click the link to acknowledge that they have read your proposal, you will then receive a confirmation email. At that time, you need to go back into the Go Gold App and hit the submit button again. Once you do that, the proposal will be sent to the GSCCC Gold Award Committee.  Please check the dates listed on this page for interview dates and due dates for proposals.

Review Process

When the committee has received your proposal via the Go Gold App and its attachments, they will review your proposal and let you know if you have been granted an interview or if your project needs further development. If the project needs further development, you will be assigned a mentor from the committee to work with you through the proposal phase of the project.

Do not begin working on your project until you have been interviewed by the committee and they have approved you to start your project. (If you feel you would like to speak to the committee, they hold mini mentoring sessions once a month. Mini mentoring sessions are by appointment only and you can email them at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.)

Finishing Strong

All final paperwork and any supporting documentation must be completed and submitted by September 30th following your 12th grade year. When you begin to complete your Girl Scout Gold Award final report using the Go Gold App, refer back to your Girl Scout Gold Award proposal and any amendments (this includes emails) that were made prior to your project approval date, as well as any changes that the committee approved.

Please enter your final report using the Go Gold App using the account you set up. Provide as many details as possible and be sure to attach ALL supporting documents. 

  1. Website URL, Facebook links, YouTube Links etc. (if you created any)
  2. Copy of video(s) (if you created any)
  3. Copy of handouts, flyers, brochures, promotional materials, how to manual
  4. Copy of lesson plans or curriculum (if you created any)
  5. Copies of photos showing all aspects of your project as it progressed. Submit the photos in the attachment section of the Go Gold App. Label all photos to tell the journey of your Gold Award project.
  6. Include any articles in bulletins or newspapers
  7. A copy of your letter of proof of sustainability of your project from your community partner

In addition to the above list, you will need to submit to the Gold Award Committee a one-minute video of yourself, wearing a plain white shirt with your Girl Scout vest or sash telling the committee about your project. State your name, the area of the Council you are from, the title of your project, the impact you made, and how you made it. This will be shown at the annual Gold Award celebration and it is requited as part of your final report.

Once you have submitted your final report to the Council Gold Award Committee using the Go Gold App, you will receive an email from the committee to schedule your virtual final review. Be prepared to share with the committee your full experience, the highs and lows of your project. Final review dates are listed under the Gold Award Interview and Final Project Review Dates dropdown on this page and are by appointment only.

You may email the GSCCC Gold Award Committee at gsgoldaward.gsccc@gmail.com.

Gold Award Resources
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Learn about National Gold Award Girl Scouts 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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Gold Award Interview and Final Project Review Dates
2019–2020 Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Deadlines and Interview Dates

Interview and Final Project Review Dates

Deadline to Submit Proposals and Final Projects

Interview Location

Saturday, September 5, 2020, 9 a.m.

Friday, August 14, 2020

Virtual

Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 6 p.m.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Virtual

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6 p.m.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Virtual

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Virtual

Thursday, January 7, 2021, 6 p.m.

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Virtual

Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Virtual

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 6 p.m.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Virtual

Wednesday, April 7, 2021, 6 p.m.

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Virtual

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Virtual

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Virtual

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Virtual

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Virtual

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Virtual

Exclusive Gold Award Girl Scout Scholarships

Gold Award Girl Scouts who are interested in pursuing a STEM or cybersecurity degree can apply for the eGirl Power Gold Award Scholarship of up to $1,000 towards their education

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Some of our Council's very own Gold Award Girl Scouts!

Meet 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout, Kiara Baxter • Read Blog Now

Grace Payne - "Art History for the Modern Student" (2020)


Grace Payne produced engaging and informational videos to bring her love of art history to other students at her school.

Kiara Baxter - "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Community Garden" (2020)


Kiara Baxter designed and built a community garden that provided hundreds of pounds of food to serve local families experiencing food insecurity.

Morgan Harvey - "Fort Story Summer Reading Program & Literacy Mentors" (2020)


Morgan Harvey created a fun reading program for children of military families.

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

Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Going Gold Pays Off


A Gold Award Girl Scout’s achievements prime her for the fast track when it comes to college admissions, and make her an outstanding candidate for academic scholarships and other financial awards. 

2020 Gold Award Celebration
Share Your Story

Have you already earned your Gold Award? Let us know so we can share your story with the rest of the Council!

By Any Other Name

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.