The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts may earn. Earning the Gold Award requires many hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability. By earning the Girl Scout Gold Award you will be joining the ranks of generations of young women who have made a difference both locally and globally.
Are You Ready to Earn it?
As part of a movement of 10 million girls worldwide, you are in an exceptional position to take action in your community to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts Juniors may earn the Bronze Award, Girl Scout Cadettes may earn the Silver Award, and Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors may earn the Gold Award. Each of these are the highest award that can be earned at their respective levels. If you take on the challenge to earn the awards you will join other Girl Scouts just like you who have made a commitment to make a difference in their communities both locally and globally.
2014 Gold Award Recipients
Kassandra C. from Bakersfield, did her Gold Award project on bullying, and how people can make a difference when they put an end to it. Her hope was that this information will make a difference and stop bullying and help those bullied whenever they need it. She wanted people to see the affects or bullying.
Bryn C. from Sanger bolstered a memorial for her Gold Award Project for Reedley Corporal Javier Bejar and Fresno Deputy Joel Wahlenmaier. Her hope was to create a more sustainable area where individuals could pay respect for the ultimate sacrifice these men gave.
Rachel F. from Ridgecrest, addressed the issue of how uncomfortable girls were playing basketball and why they were not trying out for teams. She held a basketball camp where girls improved any previous skills, learned new skills, and gained self confidence. Most of the girls left the camp intending to try out for their schools basketball team.
Grace H. from Ridgecrest, recognized a lot of parents were too busy to read to their kids. Grace’s project promoted literacy through “Read 2 Me” Kits. The kits had books and cd players that could be used over and over; she also educated parents on the importance of reading to children.
Blanca J. from Porterville, took a step towards reducing obesity and increasing the general health of America by improving the newly completed walking trail in Porterville. She raised funds to help the city install a bench and drinking fountain.
Lillian L. from Clovis, addressed recycling awareness. She hoped to impact teens to show them how they can help their environment. She created a short informational clip about recycling and how teens can help. Her project involved a contest for the students to submit a sketch to help encourage students to recycle.
Emily L. from Bakersfield, brought and emphasized basic art skills to children who don’t usually get art lessons. Her hope was to impact the children creatively, outlining a way for them to express themselves. She hosted a week long camp of art and taught it to the children of the Society of Disabled Children.
Abbie M. from Ridgecrest, created her project based around girls getting healthy and fit through volleyball. She hosted a volleyball camp for girls going into 7th and 8th grade as well as gave each a recipe book.
Brittany M. from Ridgecrest’s project enhanced sensory and sight development through a one week long program for autistic children in grades K-4th with the theme of “camping.” She also purchased equipment that would help to assist in the sensory and sight development of the children along with the curriculum.
Mallory M. from Ridgecrest informed her community about the importance of fostering animals. She made pamphlets to put in local businesses, spoke at clubs and organizations, and ran a pet care workshop for younger Girl Scouts.
Delaney M. from Oakhurst addressed the truth about drunk driving and how it affects many lives. She hosted an event to inspire people to make the right decisions when it comes to drinking and driving. Due to Delaney losing her grandparents to a drunk driving accident, she will always be passionate about raising awareness.
Morgan M. from Clovis wanted to increase the awareness of the amount of reusable waste that gets thrown into landfills. She wanted to help members of the community realize that there are ways to recycle most material and the benefits of doing so. She arranged to have master gardeners from the Alluvial Community Garden attend the event in order to share information about composting and answer any questions. By creating brochures and a video, she ensured that learning can continue beyond myself with these tangible items.
Madison M. from Clovis earned her Gold Award by making wheelchair cushions that all ages could be able to make. she realized that these cushions could benefit a lot of people in wheelchairs because sitting too long in a seat that doesn’t have support can cause pressure ulcers which are very painful, so she made these cushions to create comfort.
Anita O. from Hanford addressed was lack of support and donations for Saville’s shelter. She saw frequently used rooms at the shelter showed signs of wear and tear. She collected supplies for them as well as established relationships between them and local companies, as well as painted one of the rooms.
Callie Q. from Hanford saw that many young girls were not fully aware of the changes puberty brings. She wanted to educate the girls about girls in other countries and the challenges they face everyday. My goal was for the girls to enter into a welcoming and closely knit environment, learn in a safe place, as well as leave feeling educated, empowered and a little more confident in themselves.
Megan S. from Clovis addressed the issue of dogs at Miss Winkles Pet Adoption sleeping on the cold cement. She addressed this issue by making dog beds for the kennels and also tried to teach the public on the importance of spaying and neutering. The educational brochures that she made gave new adopters tips on what they need to know about bringing home a new pet.
Sarah W. from Clovis wanted to create an opportunity for mothers to interact with their children through fun and educational cooking classes. She also wanted to emphasize healthy eating on a low budget. She held cooking classes where each meal made was not only nutritious, but cost under $10 and fed a family of four.
Marissa Y. from Clovis wanted to create an organized and functional library for the Children’s Hospital Central California Childlife classroom for children of all ages to utilize during classroom time and “teen time.” This project was to increase the awareness of the importance of reading and learning during their stay in the hospital. She collected over 1,050 books to add to the classroom library and outpatient unit. .
History of Gold Award:
The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916-1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of using prestigious awards to recognize girls who make a difference in their communities and in their own lives.
From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, First Class was the highest award. To achieve First Class meant that a girl was an “all-around” person with some skills in many fields and a proficiency in one. Here is a picture of Juliette Gordon Low pinning a young woman who earned her Golden Eaglet.
Did you know? A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award automatically rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.