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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.

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.

Educators! Learn more about how you can support girls in becoming Gold Award Girl Scouts.

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.

How to Pursue the Gold Award

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

  • You’re in high school (9th – 12th grade, or equivalent)
  • You are a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador. Not registered? No problem! Join here.
  • You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey. If you are new to Girl Scouts, you can join a troop or register as individual girl.  There are many resources available including day or weekend workshops to get you started on these pre-requisites.
  • You have completed GSSJC’s Gold Award Orientation. which is available as an online training module.
7 Steps to Earning the Gold Award

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.

Here are some of the benefits of earning the Gold Award:

  • Girls distinguish themselves in the college admissions process. Only five percent of Girl Scouts earn their Gold Award - image how much your application will stand out in the general applicant pool!
  • Earn college scholarships with the distinction. Scholarships are available on a National and local level. Our council’s Emerald Circle also awards scholarships to Gold Award Girl Scouts. One recent recipient from our council translated her Gold Award into $50,000 in college scholarship
  • Enter the military one rank higher. Jumpstart your military career by earning the Gold Award.
  • Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader.
  • Master time management skills. Girls learn to balance their academic studies and social life before living independently and present themselves as a stronger applicant in the job market.
  • 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.
  • Opportunity for national recognition with college scholarships, public speaking training and engagements or potential internships.
After Earning the Gold Award

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.

We are also proud to announce GSSJC Girl Scout Abigail Plunkett was named a 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scout, GSSJC Alum Susan Soh was named a 2018 National Young Woman of Distinction and former GSSJC Alum Angela Shipman was named a 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction.