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Are you ready to make a sustainable change in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

Open only to girls in high school, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you’re challenged to change the world. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are challenged to make a sustainable change in their community. These young women are inspiring leaders whose Gold Award projects are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and more on a local, national or global level. See our 2016-2017 Gold Award Girl Scouts.

By the time a girl puts the final touches on her seven-step project, she will have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future—and she’ll be eligible for college scholarships.

History of the Gold Award

As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you're part of an elite group of young women.

Starting in 1916, the best and brightest have undertaken projects to improve their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouts from 1916 to 1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls.

From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouts. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.

7 Steps to Earning the Gold Award

Before a girl ever starts her Gold Award project, she must be a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador and completed either two Journeys or have earned her Silve Award and completed one Journey.

Once those pre-requisites are fulfilled, she then must complete these seven steps:


Identify an issue. 
Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about.



Investigate it thoroughly. 
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you've identified.


Get help and build your team. 
Form a team to support your efforts and help you take action.


Create a plan. 
Identify the root cause of an issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.


Present your plan and gather feedback. 
Submit your project proposal to your Girl Scout council for approval.


Take action. 
Lead your team and carry out your plan.


Educate and inspire. 
Tell your story and share your results.

Note: Local councils sometimes have more specific guidelines for earning the Gold Award. See GSSJC's on this page.

The Benefits of Becoming a Gold Award Girl Scout

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

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

Life skills

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


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

How to go Above and Beyond

Once a girl becomes a Gold Award Girl Scout, she can take additional steps to amplify the power of her project:


Learn more about the detailed steps required to become a Gold Award Girl Scout in San Jacinto Council and meet the 150+ girls who earned this prestigious honor during the 2016-2017 membership year.

We are also proud to announce GSSJC Girl Scout Angela Shipman was named a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction.