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Become a Gold Award Girl Scout

Become a Gold Award Girl Scout

Change the world, change your life, and earn the most prestigious award in Girl Scouting.

Gold Award Girl Scouts are rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes. How do they do it? By using everything they’ve learned as a Girl Scout to help fix a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world. And you don’t have to be a seasoned activist or star student to get there. Girl Scouts who want to get involved and go for the Gold Award get a team of trusted adults and leaders in their community to guide them through challenges and lead them to success, step-by-step. There’s no other program like it.

Plus? Nothing beats that feeling of seeing real, lasting, and sustainable change and knowing it was you who made it happen. It changes the way you see your place in the world—and how the world sees you. Having the Girl Scout Gold Award on your high school transcript or resume can make you stand out when it comes to college admissions, scholarship applications, internships, and job interviews.

You can become a Gold Award Girl Scout if you:
  • Are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade
  • Are a registered Senior or Ambassador
  • Have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys, or have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey
How to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award:
  • Find an issue in your community or the world that you care about.
  • Learn everything you can about that issue through research and trusted sources.
  • Form a team by identifying experts and people in your community who could help you.
  • Think about the root cause of an issue, then make a plan of how you could tackle it.
  • Submit your project proposal to your Girl Scout council for approval.
  • Lead your team and carry out your plan.
  • Reflect on the change you’ve created in your community and the world, share your story, and inspire others to make a difference, too.

NEW GSUSA Gold Award Scholarship – Apply Today!

GSUSA will award $1.1M to 112 eligible Gold Award Girl Scouts this year, one per council and one from Girl Scouts Overseas. Each winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, a 400% increase from 2022.

Eligible Girl Scouts—high school seniors or graduates who earned the Gold Award between April 1, 2022 and March 31, 2023 and have their final report on file and approved in GoGold—can apply to earn a Gold Award scholarship starting March 15, 2023. ​​​​​​

Application window: March 15 to April 17, 2023.

Gold Award Girl Scouts learn more and apply starting March 15th by visiting the Gold Award Scholarship Application page.




Girl Scouts Graduation Regalia Now Available Through the Shop

Girl Scouts Graduation Regalia – Graduating from High School this year? Check out the Girl Scouts Graduation Regalia available through the Shop! Celebrate with the Girl Scouts stole, tassel, and recognition cords. Order online today!

Go Gold

Girl Scouts at every level are taking action to make the world a better place! See how girls--from Daisy to Ambassador--are already on the path to Go Gold when they participate in Girl Scouts. This progressive chart can help you see how her skills can grow!

For additional Girl Scout Gold Award resources click on Forms & Docs and enter Gold Award in the Keyword Search box.