You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or
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)
Savannah Bowers - "Abuzz for Honey Bees" (2019)
Ariel Hofman - "Sheltering Native Bees" (2019)
Ava Gonzalez - "Gardening for History" (2018)
Krysta Rutherford - "The Forgotten Horses" (2018)
Tara Grady - "What Makes Me TIC" (2018)
Lea Bonner - National Young Woman of Distinction (2017)
Go for the Girl Scout Gold Award:
Requirements & Steps for Earning the Gold Award
Deadlines, Dates, and Workshops
Gold Award Resources
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.