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Be a Gold Award Girl Scout


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 to ask questions and receive more information.


Deadline Extended

Great news! Bridging Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes and Ambassadors will have an extension through December 31, 2020, to earn Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. This extension is for 5th grade Juniors who will be Girl Scout Cadettes and have renewed their membership, 8th grade Cadettes who will be Seniors and have renewed their membership, and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to adults and renewed their membership. This extension allows girls to continue working on their award project through our new December deadline, which means their projects must have been started prior to September 30, 2020. Girls must be registered for membership year 2021 to earn the award.

Get Started

Here's what you need to do to earn the Gold Award:

  • Identify an issue.
    Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about.
  • 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.

  • Ask your Project Advisor (the person who serves as your Community Partner contact) and your Girl Scout Troop Leader (or your Service Unit Juliette contact) to review your Project Proposal Form.

  • Complete your Gold Award Proposal using the GoGold Online App, sending it to the GSCCC Gold Award Committee for review.
    The committee will contact you about the Gold Award Proposal review process and tell you how to schedule an interview.
  • Take action.
    Lead your team and carry out your plan.

  • Prepare your Community Partner(s) to sustain your efforts.
  • Educate and inspire.
    Tell your story and share your results.
Finish Strong

When you have completed your Gold Award project:

  • Prepare a Gold Award Project Portfolio.

  • Consult with your Gold Award Project Advisor.

  • Write and submit your Gold Award Project Final Report via the Go Gold Online App.

  • Hand deliver your Gold Award Project Portfolio with signed copies and supporting documents (including a photo journal or tri-fold board with photos, anything you created, curriculum, brochures, handouts, pamphlets, powerpoints, advertisement materials, links to websites, Youtube vidoes, and social media) to Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast at our Chesapeake or Newport News office locations.  Label each item with your name, Gold Award Project title, and your contact information.
Gold Award Resources

Learn about National Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award.



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


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


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

Thursday, September 24, 2020


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

Thursday, October 22, 2020


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

Wednesday, November 18, 2020


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

Thursday, December 17, 2020


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

Wednesday, January 20, 2021


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

Thursday, February 18, 2021


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

Wednesday, March 24, 2021


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

Thursday, April 22, 2021


Thursday, June 3, 2021

Thursday, May 20, 2021


Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Wednesday, June 23, 2021


Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday, July 22, 2021


Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, August 18, 2021


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

Find More Scholarships


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

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

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.