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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 the world!


  • 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. Completing a Journey requires you to fulfill all of the


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 after you have completed your prerequisites and prior to submitting your proposal for an interview.
  • Formulate a project and create a profile to begin filling out your proposal on the Go Gold Online Application
  • Complete your online proposal, upload the supplemental paperwork packet and don’t forget to click the submit button for your proposal to be sent to the committee for review. 
  • Await notification from council for next available interview. Staff will contact you to book your interview.
  • Once you have interviewed and received an approval the candidate may begin her project.

NEW! Launch into Leadership Webinars - These webinars will focus on answering all of your questions regarding the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, award process, and Journeys. Adults and girls are welcome to join the webinars, which are meant to supplement the Gold Award and Silver Award workshops (not replace them). Click here for dates, times, and to register.

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

1. Identify an issue. Pick something that:

  • Stirs your passions
  • Addresses an issue in your community (neighborhood, region, state, the world)
  • Confronts the root cause of the issue 

2. Investigate it thoroughly 

  • Read the Girl Scouts Gold Award Guidelines and complete the included Gold Award Toolkit to begin developing your ideas.
  • Follow the instructions in the GSGLA Gold Award Workbook (coming soon) to ensure you are adhering to the most current process expectations.

3. Get help and build a team. 

  • Tell your family & friends and ask them to join your team.
  • Find a project advisor–a content area expert, and identify community organizations that could help you reach your goals.
  • Reach out to your local Leadership Program Specialist if you have questions or need help.

4. Create a plan.

5. Present your plan

  • Await notification from council for next available interview. Staff will contact you to book your interview.

6. Gather feedback.

  • At your interview, Staff and Volunteers have an opportunity to help you ensure your project is “Gold Worthy” by offering suggestions and critique of your proposed plan.
  • Once you have interviewed and received an approval you may begin your project.

7. Take action.

  • Keep an accurate time-log
  • Hold onto all of your receipts for your final budget
  • Take pictures along the way

8. Educate and inspire others.

  • Complete your Gold Award Final Report by September 30 of the year you graduate from high school
  • Create a scrapbook of your project.  Here are some examples (coming soon)
  • Map It! Share your project with the Girl Scout community and represent GSGLA on the Girl Scout Map.

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 after she graduates from high school. All Gold Award requirements must be met before bridging to Adult Girl Scouts.   


GSGLA Gold Award Final Report Paper Process


Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal- DRAFT 

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Final Report- DRAFT

Gold Award Online Supplemental Paperwork Packet- Proposal

Gold Award Online Supplemental Paperwork Packet- Final Report  (coming soon!) 

Request for Change e-Form

Project Extension Request e-Form

Request for Gold Award Mentor


Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines & Toolkit

GSGLA Gold Award Workbook (coming soon!)

Restaurant Night Approval Form

In-kind Donations Approval Form


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 a Request for Change e-Form before you can proceed. The last date you can request a change is two weeks prior to your project’s due date.


If you are implementing your project, but for a valid and compelling reason, you are unable to complete your project in the timeframe specified on your interview agreement, you may submit a Request for an Extension e-Form. 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 three months.   


Our Gold Award honorees are celebrated by family, friends, volunteers, staff, and special guests at this annual event held annually the first weekend in June. The GSGLA 2016 Gold Award Ceremony will be held Saturday, June 4th, 2016 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Click here for pictures of the 2015 event!