Girl Scout Gold Award®

Highest Award for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors

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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship.

The Girl Scout Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scout's highest award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or having earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completing one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journey. Each Journey gives the girls the skills she will need to plan and implement her Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Following the Journey requirement, girls will follow the steps outlined in the Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors.

Standards of Excellence

Girls who decide to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award are on their honor to uphold the Standards of Excellence. These standards set a high benchmark for everything Girl Scouts do and invite them to think deeply, explore opportunities and challenge themselves. Following the Standards of Excellence challenges girls to develop themselves as leaders, achieve the Girl Scout Leadership Outcomes and make a mark on the community that creates a lasting impact on the lives of others.

Taking Action

The Girl Scout Gold Award Standards of Excellence culminates in the girls' taking action in their community. The guidelines focus on girls making the world a better place for a larger number of people for a lasting time rather than a service project that effects a small number of people for a short time. This is achieved by following Standards of Excellence like addressing the root cause of an issue and actively seeking partnerships to achieve greater community participation and impact.

The Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines for Seniors and Ambassadors and The Girl Scout Gold Award Adult Volunteer Guide provide information, tools and coaching tips for girls as well as leaders and project advisers.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Final Report.pdf (1 downloads) 227.26 kB 2014-09-25
Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal.pdf (1 downloads) 335.04 kB 2014-09-25
Gold Award Adult Volunteer Guide 2014.pdf (4 downloads) 377.53 kB 2014-09-25
Gold Award Guidelines 2014.pdf (0 downloads) 657.2 kB 2014-09-25
Gold Award Highlights 2014.pdf (0 downloads) 369.88 kB 2014-09-25
Gold Award Interview dates.pdf (0 downloads) 191.86 kB 2014-09-25
Gold Triangle 2014.pdf (0 downloads) 230.44 kB 2014-09-25