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Girl Scout Gold Awards

Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you're out there changing the world. Check out our Gold Award Girl Scouts and their Take Action projects for inspiration.

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 a registered 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 one Senior or Ambassador Journey

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You have attended a mandatory GSEMA Gold Award Orientation

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You have submitted a Gold Award Project Proposal on GoGold Online by the GSEMA deadline

GoGold will not be available between Sunday, October 6, at 11:59AM, and Monday, October 14, at 9:00AM while GoGold 2.0 is implemented. Check out GSUSA's FAQs for more info on GoGold 2.0! GSEMA recommends using the Project Proposals and Final Report documents on our Forms section to assist you during this freeze period. Once updates are complete, you can enter your information into GoGold 2.0 and submit it to GSEMA online. 

    

Reaching your Goals

Gold Award Steps

Complete the prerequisites. Become a Girl Scout member, complete two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR one Senior/Ambassador Journey if you've earned thr Silver Award. You must also take the Gold Award Orientation.

Identify an issue. Choose a community issue or need you care about.

Investigate. Conduct research and learn all about the issue.

Get help and build your team. You are the leader of your project, but you are required to have others to support you, and your team should expand beyond your family and troop.

Create a plan. Identify the root cause of the issue, determine your project goals, and create solutions to the issue.

Present your plan to GSEMA. Submit your Gold Award Project Proposal for approval. All project proposals must be approved before a Gold Award plan can be initiated. Approval is determined during an in-person interview with the GSEMA Gold Award Committee. Submit your proposal at GoGold Online by the deadline. Need help with GoGold Online? Follow these instructions.

Take Action. Finalize your Project Plan Agreement, lead your team, and carry out your plan.

Educate and Inspire. Put together your Final Report and a presentation to tell your story and share your impact!

See the GSUSA Gold Award Guidelines for additional support.

Important Deadlines
  • Project Proposals and Final Reports are due by 5 PM on any of the deadline dates. If a proposal is submitted after the deadline it will be counted toward the next deadline.
  • If you are a senior in high school and want to earn the Gold Award, GSEMA requires that you submit a Gold Award Project Proposal before January. Project proposals submitted by seniors after January will not be accepted.
  • Those wishing to be recognized at an upcoming Gold Award Celebration (annually in June) must submit Final Reports no later than the April deadline of that year. Girls who complete their project after April will be invited to the following year’s celebration.
  • Those who have graduated high school can take the summer to complete their project. However all projects and Final Reports must be completed by September 30.
  • Be sure to keep track of all deadlines and save the date for your preferred interview time (preference not guaranteed).
Developing a Project Proposal

Before starting on your Gold Award project proposal, review these guidlines for success.

Research the issue by finding the answers to these questions:

  • What is the history of the issue?
  • What causes it?
  • Why does it matter?
  • How does it impact communities?
  • How is your community currently addressing it?
  • Are there community experts who may be able to support you?
  • It is a true need?

A successful project proposal includes:

  • a community issue and the root cause
  • the target audience
  • a clear project description
  • three goals to provide direction for your project
  • team members from several backgrounds with diverse skills (non-family members, community members, experts, and students, etc.)
  • clear action steps
  • a realistic timeline
  • how you'll reach the suggested 80 hours of planning and execution
  • who will sustain the project

Choosing a Project Advisor
After you have a project proposal, share it with your team, and identify what permissions you may need and how will you obtain them. As you work with your community, it is also important to identify a Project Content Advisor, who is an adult outside of your troop who can provide guidance, expertise, and feedback throughout the project. You and your Project Content Advisor must sign an agreement form.

Review the Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines and Girl Scout Standards of Excellence, or email mygoldaward@gsema.org for assistance.

Submitting a Project Proposal

Project Proposals can be submitted two ways:

  1. Though GoGold Online. You must register for an account to begin the process.
  2. Mail a printed copy of a complete Project Proposal form.

Before submitting a Project Proposal:

  • Review the Gold Award Orientation resources.
  • Proofread for grammar, typos, and clarity.
  • Attach any supporting materials you’d like GSEMA and the Gold Award Committee to review.
  • Collect the signatures of your Project Content Advisor (if confirmed) and your troop leader or caregiver if registered as a Juliette.
  • Make copies for you, your Project Content Advisor, and your troop leader/caregiver.
Preparing for an Interview

You will interview with GSEMA Gold Award Committee members to review your Project Proposal. Committee members will provide feedback to strengthen your project, and you may find that changes are necessary to meet Gold Award criteria. Interviews are held in each of the GSEMA Service Centers on the dates listed on the activities webpage and are 30 minutes long. Interviews will be confirmed by email 3-5 business days after each deadline.

  • Be prepared to talk about your chosen community issue and need, and your proposed solutions.
  • Wear your Girl Scout uniform and bring signed copies of your Project Proposal and Project Content Advisor Agreement, a notebook and pen to take notes, and project notes for reference.
  • You’ll be interviewed individually by 1-3 GSEMA Gold Award Committee Members. Adults or family members accompanying girls will be asked to wait in a separate area, and will have the opportunity to speak to a GSEMA staff member.

Interview questions may include:

  • What issue do you want to address?
  • Why is it an issue?
  • How did you determine this need?
  • What are others doing now to address it?
  • What are your project goals?
  • What solutions have you included in your proposal?
  • Who will you be working with?
  • How will you measure success?
  • How will your solutions be sustained? Who will help sustain them?
Completing your Project

After your interview, you will be assigned a GSEMA Gold Award Advisor, and together you will create a project plan agreement that includes any recommendations or required changes shared in your interview. You will also schedule check-in meetings.

As you work on your project:

  • document your successes
  • continue to evaluate your plan and solutions
  • check-in with your Project Content Advisor and your Gold Award Advisor
  • reach out when you need help
  • email mygoldaward@gsema.org if you need to report a problem

A Gold Award Project is complete when you:

  • have completed tasks stated in your Project Plan Agreement
  • ensure your project will be sustained by others for at least a year and obtain written agreement from those who have agreed to sustain your project
  • receive confirmation from your GSEMA Gold Award Advisor and Project Content Advisor
  • share documentation including a time log, a budget, and other supporting documentation
  • submit a Final Report

Remember: Girls that have graduated high school must complete and submit their Final Reports by September 30. No exceptions will be made.

Final Reports

Final Reports can be submitted two ways:

  1. Through GoGold Online. You must register for an account to begin the process.
  2. Mail a printed copy of a complete Gold Award Final Report form.

Before submitting a Final Report:
Review these tips for completing a Gold Award Final Report.

  • Review your draft and finalize with your GSEMA Gold Award Advisor.
  • Proofread for grammar, typos, and clarity.
  • Attach any supporting materials you’d like GSEMA and the Gold Award Committee to review.
  • Collect the signatures of your Project Content Advisor and GSEMA Gold Award Advisor.
  • Make copies for you, your Project Content Advisor, and your GSEMA Gold Award Advisor.

   

Gold Award Support Network

GSEMA Program Team

The GSEMA Program team is committed to supporting you as you earn the Gold Award. You will receive support from the Program team while taking a Gold Award Orientation, submitting Gold Award Proposals and Final Reports, interviewing and giving final presentations, and sharing feedback to strengthen the Gold Award program for the future.

GSEMA Gold Award Committee

The GSEMA Gold Award Committee members are Girl Scout volunteers who assist GSEMA’s Program team in reviewing and approving proposals, supporting girls as they complete their projects, and officiating the completion of projects. Committee members who support girls with their projects are Gold Award Advisors.

When pursuing the Gold Award, you will interview with GSEMA Gold Award Advisors, and be assigned an Advisor to support you through your project. You will check-in monthly with your Advisor regarding project updates, and you can contact them when you need additional support. You will also review your Final Report with your Advisor before submission.

GSEMA Gold Award Committe Advisor

Support Gold Award candidates and the Gold Award process set forth by Girl Scouts of USA (GSUSA) and GSEMA through direct support of individual girls’ projects and aspirations to earn the highest award in Girl Scouting. One-year commitment. Learn more.  

GSEMA's Gold Award Committee is actively seeking new advisors. Complete our online application to apply today.

   

When you've Earned the Gold Award

Recognize your Accomplishments

Upon earning the Gold Award, you join an elite group of more than 600 Gold Award Girl Scouts who have earned this award since 2008.

GSEMA honors Gold Award Girl Scouts at an official Gold Award Ceremony and Celebration. GSEMA also requests Citations and Resolutions from members of the Massachusetts State House, and works with media for public recognition and celebration.

Celebrate your Success

Many Gold Award Girl Scouts also celebrate with their local Girl Scout community. Girls and communities may request a GSEMA representative to present the Gold Award pin and certificates locally to a Gold Award Girl Scout. To request a GSEMA representative, please email mygoldaward@gsema.org at least one month before the event.

Nominate yourself

Each year, GSUSA selects ten exceptionally inspiring Gold Award Girl Scouts as National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Those selected receive college scholarships, professional speaking training, and other opportunities to sustain their projects and represent Girl Scouts at local and national events. Contact your Gold Award Advisor to learn more.