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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 the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Gold Award is a top-tier credential for girls as they enter their post–high school lives. Think of the Gold Award as a key that opens doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

Passionate about an issue and want to make a difference—in a big way? The Girl Scout Gold Award is for you! Open to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9–12), this is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouts.

You can become a Gold Award Girl Scout if you:

  • are in ninth, tenth, eleventh, or twelfth grade

  • are a registered Girl Scout 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
  1. Complete your Silver Award and one Senior/Ambassador Journey - OR - two Senior/Ambassador Journeys (including the Take Action Project) to hone the skills you’ll need to earn your Gold Award.
  2. Complete Going for the Gold training in-person or online.
  3. Register for Go Gold Online.
  4. Create a plan using the Gold Award Proposal Preview and complete your Gold Award Project Proposal by July 1 through Go Gold Online, including supporting documents (letter of support and sustainability).
  5. Submit Money-Earning and Sponsorship Application, if applicable.
  6. Submit request form for projects that benefit GSCTX, if applicable.
  7. Once your project is approved, take action to carry out your project!
  8. Reflect on your hard work and turn in your completed Gold Award Final Report through Go Gold Online for review and approval to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award.
  9. Celebrate your achievements, reflect, and share your accomplishments with your community! 
Attend a Gold Award workshop

The first step toward completing your Gold Award is attending the Gold Award Workshop.

This workshop is great for girls, parents, and leaders! The workshop can be completed in two ways:


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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.

Become a National Gold Award Girl Scout

This year Girl Scouts is transforming the National Gold Award Girl Scout celebration into a Movement-wide celebration of all approximately 4,000 Gold Award Girl Scouts who have each made their mark. This shift makes it possible for us to celebrate our entire Gold Award Girl Scout class during a special virtual event over Girl Scouts Change the World Weekend (October 9–10) and will make more Girl Scouts eligible to earn national scholarships, participate in public speaking and media training, and receive national recognition.

Partner with Girl Scouts of Central Texas 

Support your local Girl Scouts council by writing small grant proposals on how Girl Scouts benefitted you, create patch programs and Take Action projects for other Girl Scouts, or create new ways to offer your talents. 

Volunteer with AmeriCorps

AmeriCorps serves at more than 40,000 locations across the country to meet community needs related to educationhealthenergy and conservationeconomic developmentveterans and military families, and disaster services.  

Earn a Prudential Spirit Award

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States’ largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. 

Go Further with Youth Service America

Organizations such as Youth Service America can power your service project with a grant. 



Find support.

The Gold Award committee is here to support you. Contact the team at or schedule a 15-minute meeting to present or discuss your project. The committee takes off the month of July and is unavailable during this time.


They earned it, so can you.

See how Gold Award Girl Scouts have made a difference—and discover how you can make a positive impact by earning your Gold Award. 

Gold Award 2021-2022 Yearbook ❯

Get Gold Award pins and emblems.