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Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award for Girl Scouts ages 14-17, focuses on leadership, career exploration, challenge for personal growth, and community action.

A girl who has earned the Gold Award can look forward to greater access to college scholarships through the Girl Scouts of Greater New York as well as through the Girl Scouts of the USA, paid internships and community awards. She can also be nominated for consideration as a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award Young Woman of Distinction honor from Girl Scouts of the USA.

More than 3,500 Girl Scouts design, implement, and complete Gold Award projects each year.

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 


Girls start by choosing an issue that they care about, and following these 5 steps


1. Complete Prerequisites

Fulfilling the pre-requisites starts with completing two Senior or Ambassador Journeys, or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey.

  • Senior Journeys: GirlTopia. It’s Your World - Change It!;  Sow What? It’s Your Planet - Love It!;  Mission: Sisterhood! It’s Your Story – Tell It! 
  • Ambassador Journeys: Advocate: It’s Your World - Change It!;  Justice: It’s Your Planet - Love It!; Bliss: Live It! Give It!; It’s Your Story – Tell It! 
2. Create a Proposal for the Take Action Project

The Take Action Project should be a minimum of 80 hours. The project should have a lasting impact on their community. Girls complete the Gold Award Project Proposal Form. Be sure to fill out the form in its entirety.

3. Mail the Gold Award Take Action Project Proposal

Email projects and reports to goldawardproject@girlscoutsnyc.org. Projects are reviewed by our volunteer committee, after which girls receive an approval or addendum letter.

Once we receive the Proposal Form, then the Gold, Silver and Scholarship Committee will review it. If there are any questions, the committee will contact girls directly for an addendum. If not, girls will receive a letter of approval and may start to implement their Take Action Project.

4. Start the Take Action Project

Girls implement an 80-hour (minimum) service project that will have a great impact on their community. Click here to check out some real project ideas by New York City Gold Awardees!

5. Prepare the Final Report for Submission

Girls must complete the Gold Award Final Report Form in its entirety. 

Through this leadership experience, girls will gain specific skills including content knowledge of their cause, develop specific values and discover what they stand for, leading to changes in attitudes and behavior. 

It is important that their final report reflects the person they’ve become through their leadership journey. 

It is paramount, and our committee is requesting, that all Final Reports submissions are presented in a binder, type or neatly legible penmanship (please check proper grammar and spelling), all questions answered in a separate Word document, must have leader or advisor signatures, a tallied time log,  and finally that it contains supporting documentation; pictures, links to websites, blogs and/or screen shots of any social media and copies of flyers/surveys, notes and anything that tell us their story—their accomplishments. 

This is the first leadership portfolio for most girls and it should be presented with pride because it illustrates who they are. 

6. Mail the Gold Award Take Action Project Final Project and Report

Mail your Gold Award Final Project Report binder to:

Girl Scouts of Greater New York
ATT: GOLD AWARDS
40 Wall Street, Suite 708
New York, NY 10005 

Projects are reviewed by our volunteer committee, after which girls receive an approval or addendum letter.

  1. If you are currently in the 10th or 11th grade, you must submit your completed binder and Final Report by January 30th in order to participate in the 2018 Ceremony.
  2. If you are currently in the 12th grade, you must submit your completed binder and Final Report by September 30th of your graduation year from high school.

Gold Award Project Ideas
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What are some of the things you can do to bring a project to life? Check out some of these real project ideas from past Gold Award Candidates!

For more ideas, click here to download our most recent Gold Award program booklet [hyperlink pending] featuring profiles of New York City Gold Awardees and an overview of their projects!


Mail the Gold Award Take Action Final Project and Report

Mail your Gold Award Final Project Report binder to:

Girl Scouts of Greater New York
ATT: GOLD AWARDS
40 Wall Street, Suite 708
New York, NY 10005 

Projects are reviewed by our volunteer committee, after which girls receive an approval or addendum letter.

To be included in the 2017 Ceremony, projects must have been be submitted by March 1, 2017.


Downloads Available


For more information on the Gold Award, please contact Marlinda Cesar-Wiley.