Identify an issue
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.
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!
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
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, you have until
September 30, 2020)
- 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.