In response to COVID-19, Girl Scouts of the USA has implemented a three-month deadline extension (to December 31, 2020) for all Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors currently pursuing their Highest Awards. Learn more about Highest Awards during COVID-19.
Complete the prerequisites. Become a Girl Scout member, complete two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR one Senior/Ambassador Journey if you've earned the Silver Award. You must take the Gold Award Orientation online or in-person. To begin the online orientation, Seniors and Ambassadors must request access.
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? Read through the GoGold FAQs for Girl Scouts.
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.