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.
2013 Gold Award Recipients
Margaret B. from Wasco, addressed childhood drowning by teaching children ages 5-11 how to be safe around water. She ran a water safety event where the children learned how to be safe, and help someone else in trouble.
Megan T. from Madera, recognized that individuals who live in different care facilities often don’t have very many visitors, leading to the patient’s condition worsening. With her dog Hope, Megan visited many trauma and health centers and assisted living facilities to bring residents “hope”.
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.