Identify an issue
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.
You can pursue the Gold Award if you are in high school (9th–12th grade), you are registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador, and you have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey.
Nation’s Capital uses GoGold Online for the Gold Award process. Our Council requests two documents in addition to the proposal, the supplemental form and letter of endorsement. The letter of endorsement should be written by the organization the project will benefit or by your Project Advisor, stating that they have agreed to the project. These two documents must be in ONE zip folder and uploaded during Step 5. The GoGold Online system only allows for one file to be uploaded, if you upload two files the first will be kicked out and replaced with the second file.
Gold Award Proposals are due by 5pm on the first of the month. If the first falls on a weekend, the due date is the first business day after that weekend. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to complete the online Gold Award proposal. Do not wait until the last minute to begin. Use the Gold Award Guidelines for Seniors and Ambassadors for reference.
Save your answers to the questions in a separate location, either handwritten or a word document, in case of any system errors. Also, some of your answers to questions in Steps 1 can be repurposed and expanded on later in the proposal.
If you are having issues accessing your account, or the site gives you an error message, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com to notify GSUSA as well as Girl Scouts Nation's Capital that the website is not functioning properly.
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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
- Attend a Gold Award Workshop (optional; not required)
Investigate your issue thoroughly
Get help and build your team
- Including ALL Girls: Learn more about Inclusion and the Gold Award
- Reach outside of our Girl Scout community to find a project advisor–a content area expert, and identify community organizations that could help you reach your goals
Create a plan
- Complete your proposal. Use GoGold Online to submit your Gold Award Proposal
- Check out GoGold Online Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to complete and upload the supplemental form
- Don’t forget your letter of endorsement! Read more about this in The Gold Standard.
- Make sure you notify your Troop Leader or Troop Advisor of your Gold Award Proposal submission!
- The supplemental form and letter of
endorsement should be uploaded in a zip folder during Step 5.
- Here are instructions on making a zip file on a PC and
- On a PC, right-click the file or folder and choose Send To > Compressed (zipped) Folder.
- On a Mac, control-click the file or folder and choose Compress > filename.
- Here are instructions on making a zip file on a PC and Mac:
If your proposal is missing any of the additional documents you will receive an email from Council with information on what you are missing and where to send it. Don’t forget to inform your Troop Leader of your proposal submission, they will receive a copy of the proposal to their email when you submit to Council.
Present your plan and receive approval from the Council
- Sign-up to do a panel presentation to the Gold Award Panel (optional; not required) ) This is an opportunity for the panel to ask questions about your Gold Award Proposal after they have reviewed your paperwork.
- The Gold Award panels will review your proposal whether you present to a panel or not and you will receive a panel mentor to work with throughout the process.
An example of what your proposal process may look like:
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- Complete your Gold Award Final Report by September 30th of the year you graduate from high school (Class of 2017, you have until September 30, 2017)