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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts may earn. Earning the Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.

The Gold Award Process

Since 1916, Girl Scout’s highest award has stood for excellence and leadership among those who earn it. Gold Award recipients join the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference in their communities and beyond.


  • Complete two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys. OR, if you have earned the Silver Award, complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey. Each Journey you complete gives you the skills you need to plan and implement your Take Action project.


Upon completing the prerequisites, girls must:      

  • Attend a Gold Award Workshop. Check the Program Calendar for upcoming dates. This training is mandatory and must be completed prior to submitting your proposal for an interview. 
  • Formulate a project and complete the Gold Award Project Proposal paperwork
  • Submit proposal to the council for committee review, interview, and approval. Once the proposal is approved, the candidate may begin her project.
  • Await notification from council for next available interview.

A minimum of 80 hours* is suggested for the following steps:

1. Identify an issue.

2. Investigate it thoroughly.

3. Get help and build a team.

4. Create a plan.

5. Present your plan by submitting your proposal to your local GSGLA regional service center.

6. Gather feedback.

7. Take action.

8. Educate and inspire others.

9. Submit your GSGLA Gold Award Final Report Form to your local GSGLA regional service center.

*The suggested minimum hours are not a rule; they are a guide for you to plan your time in achieving your goal.

Note: The Final Report submission deadline for the GSGLA June Gold Award ceremony is March 1. If the project is incomplete and/or the paperwork is submitted after the March 1 deadline, you will still be eligible to participate in the following year’s ceremony.

The last possible opportunity for a girl to complete her project and submit the Gold Award Final Report is September 30 of the year she graduates from high school. All Gold Award requirements must be met before bridging to Adult Girl Scouts.   


Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Final Report

Request for Change Form

Project Extension Request Form

Request for Gold Award Mentor


Any changes to your project as it was approved at your interview and signed in your contract must be approved PRIOR to progressing with your revised project.  As soon as you are aware of a necessary change, stop and contact your assigned Gold Award Committee member. Once the details have been agreed upon, you need to submit in writing the Request for Change form with original signatures before you can proceed. The last date you can request a change is two weeks prior to your project’s due date. Changes that are requested less than two weeks prior to your project’s due date will be denied. In addition, changes that are requested “after the fact” will result in your Gold Award being denied.


If you are implementing your project, but for a valid and compelling reason, you are unable to complete your project in the six-month timeframe, you may apply for a ONE TIME tension. The last date you can request an extension (and possibly have it approved) is two weeks prior to your project’s original due date. The length of the extension depends on the circumstances, and may vary from one week to a maximum of three months. Extensions that are requested less than two weeks prior to your project’s due date will be denied. Click here for the extension form.  

The Gold Award Ceremony

Our Gold Award honorees are celebrated by family, friends, volunteers, staff, and special guests at this annual event. The GSGLA Gold Award Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Click here for information on the event (including tribute forms, etc.)