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Girl Scout Gold Award

Gold Award

Since 1916, Girl Scouts have been making meaningful, sustainable change in their communities and around the world. The Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn, acknowledges the power behind each recipient’s dedication to not only empowering and bettering herself, but also to making the world a better place for others. Attend a Gold Award training to find out more.  

The Gold Award has gone by many names. Today we recognize all of these high awards as part of the Gold Award family. 

Golden Eaglet (1916-1939) | Curved Bar (1940 - 1963)

First Class (1964 - 1980) | Gold Award (1980- present)    

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

Past Gold Award Recipients:
Share Your Gold Award Story 

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:


You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


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


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


You have attended a Gold Award training 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps:

  1. Complete Journeys
  2. Attend a training
  3. Identify an issue
  4. Investigate your issue thoroughly
  5. Get help and build your team
  6. Create a plan
  7. Present your plan and gather feedback
  8. Tack action
  9. Educate and inspire

Gold Award Project Submittals:

The Gold Award is submitted online through GSUSA’s Gold Award portal, GoGold Online. Paper or e-mail submissions will not be accepted.


The Girl Scout Gold Award is awarded annually to individual girls meeting the above requirements and who have completed the necessary steps required by the High Awards Committee. Girls must submit a project proposal and have a Proposal Interview with the Highest Awards Committee and receive approval before beginning their project and must submit a Final Report and have a Final Interview to the committee before receiving the awards. Girls are assigned a committee member to act as a mentor to provide guidance and assistance with the Gold Award process.

Gold Award Girl Scouts are recognized at the Highest Awards Ceremony each spring.