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Are you ready to make a sustainable change in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold 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. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to change the world. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are challenged to make a sustainable change in their community. These young women are inspiring leaders whose Gold Award projects are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and more on a local, national or global level. See our Gold Award Girl Scouts.

By the time a girl puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she will have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and she’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

History of the Gold Award

As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you're part of an elite group of young women.

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouts from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls.

From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouts. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

The Benefits of Becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout

Gold Award Girl Scouts do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.

Higher education and career

  • Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
  • Earn college scholarships
  • Enter the military one rank higher

Life skills

  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
  • Master time management skills
  • Make the world a better place


  • Use your vision for change
  • Tackle an issue, locally or globally
  • Establish a lifetime network
  • Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem

Source: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012.

How to Go Above and Beyond

Once a girl becomes a Gold Award Girl Scout, she can take additional steps to amplify the power of her project:


We are also proud to announce GSCTX Girl Scout Sarah Mercado was named a 2018 National Gold Award Girl Scout.

Past GSCTX National Gold Award Girl Scouts: 

2017 Devika Kumar
2013 Mandy Justiz