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Gold Award

Are you ready to make a difference in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest award in Girl Scouts. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it.

By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you'll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and you’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

The Benefits of Going Gold

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

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

Community
o Use your vision for change
o Tackle an issue, locally or globally
o Establish a lifetime network
o 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

Be inspired by our Gold Award Girl Scouts and their take Action projects featured in our 2016 and 2017 Gold Award Celebration program books.

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

National Young Women of Distinction

Every year, 10 exceptionally inspiring Gold Award Girl Scouts from across the country are chosen as National Young Women of Distinction. The 2017 honorees and their Gold Award projects are profiled in a series of short, powerful videos.