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Gold Award

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The highest achievement in Girl Scouting, 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.

Due to COVID-19, Girl Scouts has extended the Gold Award deadline to December 31, 2020. We will also continue to reassess over the next few months. 

This is particularly relevant for 12th-grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level on September 30, and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award. 

The safety and health of our Girl Scouts are our top priorities. We urge you and your girl to take the time needed to acclimate without the added stress of impending deadlines. When you feel your girl is ready, encourage them to flex their problem-solving muscles and adjust how they can plan and implement their project. Girl Scouts are confident leaders in their communities, and we look forward to seeing how your girl takes action!

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
Girl Scout Gold Award pin

New Gold Award Process: GoGold Online
As of January 1, 2019 the Gold Award process has moved to an online platform. To get started, register for your GoGold Online account. This is the first step in writing your Gold Award Project Proposal. Please check back on this page for updates and any new Gold Award Resources.
Deadline: If you are a high school senior, you must have your Gold Award Project Proposals submitted and approved by July 1st.

If you would like to be in the spring Gold Award ceremony, you must have your Gold Award Project Final Report with supporting documents submitted and approved by April 1st. Those submitted after the deadline will be honored at the following year's ceremony.


You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

check_32 You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent)
check_32 You're a registered Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
check_32 You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned                the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Steps to Gold Award

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Gold Award Workshop

Before you do anything...

  Attend or Watch the Gold Award Workshop

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

  • In person: Check eBiz for upcoming workshops.
  • Online: Watch the video below. You must complete this online evaluation afterward to be counted as having completed the course. Download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation and follow along.

 

Resources and Forms
Need some guidance?

Looking for some help on writing your Gold Award proposal? Attend the highly recommended (but optional) From Good to Gold: Tips for Gold Award Proposals Workshop! Register on eBiz. Plus, check out The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award video! 

At a Roadblock?

If at any time during the course of your project you think you may have hit a bump in the road, please do not hesitate to contact the Gold Award Committee at mygoldaward@gsctx.org

Click here to request a 15-minute time slot to present or discuss your project with the Gold Award Committee. The deadline to submit your request is the Friday before the committee meeting. Meetings are held on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month, starting in March 2019.

The Benefits of Earning Your Gold Award

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
- Enlist at a higher pay grade when joining the military

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

Community
- 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:

National Gold Award Girl Scout

The National Gold Award Girl Scout is an honor given yearly to ten Senior and Ambassador Girl Scout Gold Award recipients nationally 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.

Girl Scouts who would like their councils to consider nominating them as a National Gold Award Girl Scout must submit an application using Go Gold Online. Councils then select their top three Gold Award recipients. GSUSA then ensures a rigorous review process, during which each application is reviewed at least three to five times: first by GSUSA staff, then by an external panel of trusted partners, and finally through an intense, in-house staff review of the top candidates. Once the list is narrowed down through this review process, GSUSA's internal NGAGS team selects the top ten.

Current National Gold Award Girl Scout:

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Past GSCTX National Gold Award Girl Scouts:
2017 Devika Kumar
2013 Mandy Justiz

Gold Award Yearbook
Girl Scout Gold Award pin
Girl Scout Gold Award pin
Girl Scout Gold Award pin
Girl Scout Gold Award pin

    


Want to shout about your Gold Award project from the rooftops? We do too! Share your story with us.

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