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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.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award and the benefits of going Gold.


Please note: The Project Guide is currently under revision. Please check back soon for the exciting modifications.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey


You have completed GSSJC's Gold Award Orientation

New Gold Award Process: Go Gold Online

As of January 1, 2019 the Gold Award process has moved to an online platform. To get started, register for your Go Gold Online account. This is the first step in writing your Gold Award Project Proposal. Please remember to contact your Gold Award Mentor and work with her on your Project Proposal before you submit your application to council.

Go Gold Online

Building your proposal and writing your final report has never been easier. Go Gold allows you to save information as you work through the seven project steps.

Please remember that in addition to the Go Gold Project Proposal is the required GSSJC Supplemental Information Form which includes acknowledgments and signatures for yourself, your Gold Award Mentor and your Project Advisor. This form is available on Go Gold step five under “additional material”.   Your Gold Award Mentor must review your Project Proposal before you submit to the council for approval.

Once the Project Proposal is approved through the Gold Award Review Board you will be notified by the council and can begin your project. 

After completion of your project, a final report along with additional material uploads and an interview will be required before final approval of a Gold Award.

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

 Identify an issue

 Investigate it thoroughly

 Get help and build your team

 Create a plan

 Present your plan and gather feedback

 Take action

 Educate and inspire

Jan. 1 - Feb. 15  Emerald Circle Spring scholarship applications are accepted 
March 31 Deadline for approval of final reports to be invited to the council’s Gold Award Ceremony in May
July 1 Deadline for submission of Project Proposals for graduated high school seniors
Sept. 15 - Nov. 1  Emerald Circle Fall scholarship applications are accepted
Sept. 30 For graduated seniors, Final Reports must be reviewed by your Gold Award Mentor and submitted to council via Go Gold Online by Sept. 30

Please note that for the Emerald Circle Scholarships the Spring application is reserved for those who earn their Gold Award before the Feb 15th application deadline and expect to graduate high school later than that calendar year.  The Fall application opportunity is reserved for those graduating seniors who earned their Gold Award after the Spring application deadline (Feb 15th). 

Forms and Resources

GSSJC Gold Award Amendment Form

Instructions and Tips for Go Gold

Submitting your Final Report on Go Gold (for girls that received initial approval NOT using Go Gold)

Instructions on How to Create a ZIP File (needed for step 5 of the Go Gold Project Proposal)

Register for an upcoming Gold Award Orientation (remember this is required but is offered either in person or as an online Home Study)


Please keep in mind that your Gold Award Mentor’s job is to make sure you are in compliance with council guidelines and deadlines.  Her goal is for you to be successful! In order for her to help you do that, please be sure to keep your mentor up-to-date with your progress and any speed bumps you run into along the way.

If you have any additional questions regarding Gold Award, please contact the GSSJC Gold Award Manager at or 713-292-0300