The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting, recognizes the leadership, effort, and impact of girls in grades 9-12. Only about five percent of eligible girls take the rigorous path towards earning this prestigious award, but those who complete the journey change the lives of others and their own in amazing and significant ways.
The roots of the Girl Scout Gold Award are in the history of the organization, whose tradition of the highest leadership awards for Girl Scouts have included: The Golden Eaglet of Merit (1916-1919), The Golden Eagle (1919-1938), First Class (1938-1940), The Curved Bar (1940-1962), and First Class (1962-1980).
- A national award, with national standards, it represents girls' time, leadership, creativity and effort contributed to making their community better.
- An increasing number of colleges and universities have recognized the achievements leadership abilities of Girl Scout Gold Award recipients by establishing scholarship programs for them. GSUSA does publish the Scholarships for Girl Scouts Directory, which lists these schools.
- Girls who have earned the Girl Scout Gold Award often enter the four branches of the United States Armed Services at an advanced level and salary, having been recognized for their level of leadership shown in earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
- The Girl Scout Gold Award projects themselves solve community issues and improve lives and the process creates assets for the community and the future.
Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador) OR earn the Silver Award and complete one Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador Journey. Girls must complete all of the Journey awards.
Complete the Gold Award Guidelines for Girl Scout Seniors and Girl Scout Ambassadors and download the Gold Award Adult Volunteer Guide.
- Step 1: Choose an issue.
- Step 2: Investigate project issue.
- Step 3: Get help: Build a team to support project efforts and demonstrate leadership. You will build a team to support your efforts however it is an individual project that addresses a community issue of interest that makes a lasting difference in the local community, region, or beyond outside of Girl Scouting. Group projects are not acceptable according to the Girl Scout Gold Award Review Committee of Girl Scouts of Ohio's Heartland Council.
- Step 4: Create a plan.
- Step 5: Present Gold Award Proposal Report Form 2013 and get feedback from the Gold Award Review Committee.
- Step 6: Take action on project issue.
- Step 7: Educate and inspire.
Submit Gold Award Final Report Form to the Gold Award Review Committee.
For more information about the Gold Award, check out Highest Awards in Girl Scouting.
Gold Award project examples.
The Gold Award Review Committee (GARC) is dedicated to helping a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador succeed in earning her Girl Scout Gold Award and to ensure that projects meet GSUSA guidelines. The committee will review the size, scope, and cost of project and make recommendations for project development and to guarantee that the project is appropriate to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. The GARC has the authority to approve and deny projects.
Interested in joining the committee? View the Gold Award Review Committee Job Description.
See our 2013 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients and read about their projects.