Gold Award Girl Scouts
Issues of the world, meet your match.
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador can earn. 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.
GSUSA has announced that the deadline for earning the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards has been extended to December 31, 2020. Current eligibility for the extension includes 5th grade Junior Girl Scouts or 8th grade Cadette Girl Scouts who are working toward their Bronze or Silver Award and 12th grade Ambassador Girl Scouts who have an approved proposal and are working toward their Gold Award prior to September 30, 2020. This extension does not apply to Silver Trefoil. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
PLEASE NOTE: For the Gold Award, girls still need to go through our Council’s review process. Proposal applications are DUE ON THE FIRST OF EACH MONTH and it takes a FULL MONTH for review. That means, for 12th graders to be eligible for the extension, girls SHOULD NOT plan to submit their proposals for the September review as they WILL NOT be reviewed in time to be approved by September 30. We strongly encourage girls to submit a proposal no later than the July or August review cycle.
As girls are thinking about project ideas and writing their proposals, girls should be realistic about project restrictions, such as not hosting an in-person workshop during a stay at home order. Girls who are currently working on their Gold Award projects should work with their Panel Mentor for best guidance on how to shift in-person activities to virtual activities. Examples of how girls have adapted their projects include, having an in-person presentation transition to a live Zoom demonstration, creating pamphlets that were to be distributed to various locations shifted to creating online brochures that will be available online, and hosting weekend yoga for elementary children to converting it as an online interactive yoga series.
While shifting how a girl delivers her project to the target audience does not require a new proposal to be submitted for review, changing the project issue, target audience, global/national link does. Girl Scouts should also be mindful of current health guidelines, including our Council’s procedures. More information can be found at https://www.gscnc.org/covid19. Questions should be emailed to email@example.com.
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 no wait until the last minute to begin. Use the Gold Award Guidelines for Seniors and Ambassadors for reference.
Nation’s Capital uses GoGold Online for the Gold Award process. Please note: Troop Leader and Project Advisor signatures (two different people) are required for a complete proposal. Do not wait until the last minute to begin. Please ensure you have valid contact information for these people.
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.
Unsure where to begin? Check out these resources!
The Virtual Ceremony
2020 Gold Award Girl Scout Awardees
2020 Silver Trefoil Girl Scout Awardees
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
Identify an issue
Investigate your issue thoroughly
Get help and build your team
- Including ALL Girls: Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital is committed to ensuring that girls of all abilities are able to achieve the Gold Award. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request reasonable accommodations.
- 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
- Money-earning for your Gold Award can be daunting, but you can be creative in how you do it, as long as you follow the money-earning guidelines. Council-approved proposals may also be eligible to use the Council’s NEW crowd-funding tool! Find out if you're eligible by emailing email@example.com. See current Gold Award campaigns!
Create a plan
- Complete your proposal. Use GoGold Online to submit your Gold Award Proposal
- Make sure you notify your Troop Leader and Project Advisor of your Gold Award Proposal submission! You cannot send your proposal to the Council before receiving verification and confirmation from your Troop Leader and Project Advisor.
- GSUSA recommends a minimum of 80 hours to complete the Gold Award. Be sure to outline your timeline in chronological order in GoGold. Use the Gold Award Hour Percentages resource as a guideline.
- Check out GoGold Online Tips and Tricks
- Make sure to complete and upload the Gold Award Checklist
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:
Educate and inspire
- Complete your Gold Award Final Report by September 30th of the year you graduate from high school (Class of 2020, please see extension deadline and eligibility at top of page)
- Make sure you notify your Project Advisor of your Gold Award Project submission! You cannot send your Final Report to the Council before receiving verification from your and Project Advisor.