Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is now available via web app!  The information below if ONLY for girls that started the Gold Award Process in USAGSO PRIOR to October 2013.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD STEPS

These steps, the highest awards FAQs and almost all of the paperwork and forms below can be found on GSUSA’s website here.  While there, be sure to take a moment to watch some of the girls describe working on their award in the short videos there.  It is also highly recommended to attend one of the Girl Scout Gold Award webinars or watch the recorded training webinar (both girls and the adults working with them) to prepare for working on this prestigious 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

  1. Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.
  2. Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.
  3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.
  4. Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
  5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout Gold Award Committee for Global Girl Scouts. This is when the Proposal is completed.
  6. Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.
  7. Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.  Complete and submit Final Report.

PAPERWORK

For preparing for the Girl Scout Gold Award:

For submission:

DATES

Girl Scout Gold Award Proposals are due by 23:59 the last day of the month to be reviewed in that following month.  For example, if a proposal is turned in on 30 November at 23:00, the girl will get a response back from the committee (with possible changes or enhancements for the project) by 21 December.  If that same proposal is turned in on 2 December, it will be held to go into the January review cycle. This is important to remember with regards to time frame for project deadlines.

The primary thing to remember regarding dates is that the project, including the final report must be completed before September 30 of the Girl Scout’s senior year in high school.

GIRL SCOUT GOLD AWARD COMMITTEE – WHAT ARE THEY LOOKING FOR? 

By completing one of the Girl Scout Gold Award webinars and by going through the toolkit provided in the Guidelines for Girls, girls learn the importance of sustainability of a project, how it can impact the world outside the girls’ community (global impact) and how that impact can be measurable.  These are all aspects that the committee will look for in the Proposal.  Thorough use of the toolkit will clarify this for the girls.

WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK SHOULD BE EXPECTED?

What is feedback from the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee?  It is a chance to enhance, improve or maybe even re-tool the Girl Scout Gold Award proposal so that it stands up to the highest award standards.  Feedback will come in the form of an email with questions about certain aspects of the project, ideas to expand on a project that might need a little extra to bring it up to Girl Scout Gold Award standard or something as simple as making sure the girl is aware of the safety issues related to her project.  It is NOT a rejection – it is part of the learning process of the Girl Scout Gold Award.  This letter requires a response by the girl on how she will address the particular issues that have been raised in the letter.  This letter should be returned to the committee within 2 weeks of receipt of the feedback.  The committee will then review the changes or alterations and give the final approval to start the project.

For an example of what one Girl Scout is doing for her Girl Scout Gold Award in Austin, TX, see Action for Alzheimers.

For a snapshot of all the older girl awards, see the Girl Scout Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards at a Glance