GIRL SCOUTS' Highest Awards
Girl Scout leadership journeys lead to the highest awards: the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award.
When a girl completes a Girl Scout journey, she practices using the three keys to leadership:
• Exploring issues in her community that matter to her
• Practicing teaming up
• Starting a community network
• Learning basic planning steps
• Coming up with ideas for her Take Action project
All this leaves a girl poised to go on to earn the Highest Awards.
Earning the Highest Awards
The steps for earning the Highest Awards – the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards - are found in The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting for each Girl Scout level: Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador. Visit the council shop to order The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting.
In addition to The Girl’s Guide to Girl Scouting, GSUSA provides Girl Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions, and Adult Guides online. Click the images below to visit the national website for more information about Girl Scouts Highest Awards or use the resource links below for each award.
Note: Current national guidelines for earning the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards were introduced in August 2009 with a two year transition period. Girls who started with the old requirements prior to Fall 2011 may finish using the old requirements using resources available on request. To obtain the dated Junior Handbook or Cadette, Senior, Ambassador Go For It resources, contact email@example.com.
Girl Scout Bronze Award
The Girl Scout Bronze Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Junior. A girl who earns this award shows that she has made a promise to help others, improve her community, and become the best she can be. By earning the Girl Scout Bronze Award, girls learn the leadership and planning skills necessary to follow through on a project that makes a positive impact on their community and make the world a better place. To earn the Bronze Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Take Action project prior to bridging to Girl Scout Cadettes.
Girl Scout Silver Award
The Girl Scout Silver Award is the highest award that can be earned by a Girl Scout Cadette. This award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. By earning this award, girls strengthen their leadership skills, learn about their community and take action to make the world a better place by filling a need and making an impact in their community. To earn the Girl Scout Silver Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Silver Award Take Action project prior to bridging the Girl Scout Seniors.
The Girl Scout Gold Award
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting. A national award with national standards, it represents an individual girl’s accomplishments, leadership, commitment, creativity, and personal effort contributed to making their community a better place to live. To earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, girls must complete the steps and carry out their Gold Award Take Action project prior to bringing to Girl Scout Adults. Girls participate in an interview and must obtain approval before they begin their Gold Award project.
GSOC Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient History
2013 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2012 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2011 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2010 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2009 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2008 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
2007 GOLD AWARD RECIPIENTS
Girl Scout Gold Award Resources
The Girl Scout Gold Award
Frequently Asked Questions
NEW! “My Gold Award” App
NEW! The Girl Scout Gold Award Process A Guide to “Go Gold” in OC
GSOC Gold Award Dates to Remember: Project Proposal deadlines and Interview dates
GSOC Gold Award Project Proposal Meetings: Optional Support Meeting dates and RSVP deadlines
GSOC 2014 Gold Award Portrait Days: Picture Day dates for Girl Scout Honor Wall
GSOC Girl Scout Gold Award Pin Request Order Form and Information
GSOC Miniature Girl Scout Gold Award Parent Pin Order Form
Girl Scout Gold Award Brochure
Additional Awards and Scholarships
Notes: Girl Scouts of Orange County (GSOC) encourages girls to use the national Project Proposal and Final Report forms. Click the Gold Award image above to access the national forms from the Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA) website.
National Young Women of Distinction
This is an opportunity for Girl Scout Gold Award recipients to apply for an academic scholarship from GSUSA.
A National Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and a special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.
Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply for National Young Women of Distinction for 2014. Interested girls should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an application. Application deadline is March 12, 2014.
Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award between January 1, 2011 and August 1, 2012 was eligible to apply for 2013. Learn more about the 2013 Young Women of Distinction.