Girl Scout Gold Award

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.  Download the Gold Award Guidelines (PDF) to find out how you can take action and make the world a better place.

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Past Gold Award Projects:

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Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

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Below is an overview of requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. In order to fully understand

what councils expect from girls, please refer to the Gold Award girl guidelines, the Gold Award Adult guide, and the FAQs. For further information, please contact your local Girl Scout council.

Learn more about the Gold Award from GSUSA.

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Girl Scout Gold Award Pre-Requisites

Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador

AND

Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador)*

OR

Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey

*Girl Scout Seniors complete Senior journeys and Girl Scout Ambassadors complete Ambassador journeys

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Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

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1) Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.

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2) Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.

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3) Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.

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4) Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

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5) Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.

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6) Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.

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7) Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.

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Video from the 2012 Gold Award Ceremony.

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Need Inspiration for your Gold Award?

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Use Map It! It is an interactive map that shows how Girl Scouts all over are changing the world! Whether it’s Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Bronze Awards, Forever Green, or Journey Take Action projects, browse what girls are doing to get inspiration and share your story!

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Upcoming Training:

Cost: $5.00 each

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Who: Cadette – Ambassador Girl Scouts, Leaders, Advisors and Parents

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Register by: 5:00 PM the day before desired training. Michelle Loyd mloyd@girlscoutsccs.org

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Date Day of Week Time Place
10/15/2012 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
11/6/2012 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
11/13/2012 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Hanford/Lemoore*
12/10/2012 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
1/9/2012 Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
2/5/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Visalia – Boy Scout Office
2/11/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
3/6/2012 Wednesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
4/15/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office
5/7/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Fresno Council Office
5/14/2013 Tuesday 6 to 8 pm Hanford/Lemoore*
6/17/2013 Monday 6 to 8 pm Bakersfield Council Office

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Gold Award Interview Dates:

Initial Project Proposals and Final Project Reports must be turned in to Michelle Loyd one week prior to the meeting date.  Although interviews in person are preferable, if the driving distance to Fresno or Kern is too far, arrangements may be made in advance to have the interview via telephone conference call.

Date Day of Week Time Place
9/11/2012 Tuesday 6:00 PM Kern
10/9/2012 Tuesday 6:00 PM Fresno
11/14/2012 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
12/12/2012 Wednesday 6:00 PM Fresno
1/14/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Kern
2/12/2013 Tuesday 6:00 PM Fresno
3/13/2013 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
4/8/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Fresno
5/15/2013 Wednesday 6:00 PM Kern
6/10/2013 Monday 6:00 PM Fresno

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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.

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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.

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Did you know? A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award automatically rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.

 

Resources:

Gold Award Packet (PDF)

Adult Gold Award Guidelines (PDF)

Adult Spanish Gold Award Guidelines (PDF)

Gold Award Training Powerpoint

Gold Award Process Flowchart

Girl Scout Internet Safety Pledge

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Use the following forms for council to help promote your Gold Award Project!

Gold Award Press Release Form (PDF)

Gold Award Event Flyer Checklist(PDF)

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