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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

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


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


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

Girl Scout Gold Award pin

The deadline for 12th grade Ambassadors to complete the required GSMW training and submit their project proposal through GoGold is May 1st and they must submit their final report through GoGold by September 30th.

Gold Award Training and Submitting Your Proposal

Please follow the steps below as you prepare to submit your Gold Award Proposal to GSMW.

Step 1Download Your Guide to Going Gold and Gold Award Toolkit. Read through to become familiar with the guidelines as well as watch the GSMW Gold Award Training Video. When you are ready, move on to take the quiz.

Step 2Take the Gold Award Quiz. You must achieve a score of 8/10 before you can submit your Gold Award Proposal to GSMW. 

             GSMW Gold Award Quiz

Step 3Once you pass the Gold Award Quiz, your Gold Award Project Proposal will need to be submitted online through GoGold for approval.  The GSMW Gold Award Rubric is a great tool that will guide you through each question as you write your proposal. 

Gold Award Resources, Guides and FAQs
 Training Videos

GSMW Highest Awards Training
To learn more about earning a Highest Award, please watch our training module.

GSMW Gold Award Training Video
This training is designed to provide valuable information not just for a Gold Award candidate but also for troop leaders, parents, Juliette Mentors and Gold Award project advisors.

Helpful Guides

GSUSA Your Guide to Going Gold
When you decide to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, you are on your honor to uphold the standards of excellence. These standards set a high benchmark for everything you do and invite you to think deeply, explore opportunities, and challenge yourself. 

GSMW Gold Award Toolkit
This toolkit will assist you with planning your Take Action project that will have sustainable impact in your community and beyond.  It provides checklists, explanation of roles, overview of the standards of excellence, project proposal examples, setting goals and much more. 

Guides for Adults
These guides are intended to be used with Your Guide to Going Gold and the GSMW Gold Award Toolkit.

Funding Resources

Peace First COVID-19 Rapid Response Grant
Across our movement, Girl Scouts are developing highest awards projects to take on the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the guidance of their councils, they are leveraging technology and community partners to lead change while practicing safe social distancing. Peace First has launched a grant program to help young people, 13 years or older, address the community impacts of COVID-19. Interested Girl Scouts can apply for mini-grants of up to $250 to help fund their projects, along with other in-kind support. 

Karma for Cara Foundation: Microgrant Program
Karma for Cara Foundation supports young people nationwide in their efforts to contribute to our society and help repair the world through volunteerism and community service. Through the Foundation's Microgrant Program, youth 18 years of age or younger may apply for grants ranging from $250 to $1,000 to complete service projects in their communities. Examples of funded projects include turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, and helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter. It is the Foundation's intent that grants support the nuts and bolts of projects so stipends, facility rentals, and transportation costs are not funded. Application deadlines are quarterly throughout the year, and the final deadline for 2021 is October 1. Visit Karma for Cara Foundation's website to apply online:

Frequently Asked Questions

GSMW Highest Awards FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions in this helpful document. 

GoGold FAQs
Find answers to frequently asked questions in regards to using the GoGold system. 

College Resources
College Resources

College Scholarships
Did you know that girls who are in Girl Scouts have the opportunity to apply for college scholarships? We encourage all Girl Scouts to apply for college scholarships. Check out College Scholarship opportunities that GSMW has found just for you!

CollegeLab is a platform that provides insights to help students manage the college process and improve their chances of acceptance. Registered Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors are eligible for FREE access to the CollegeLab platform if they have achieved one of the following requirements:   

  • Earned the Girl Scout Gold Award
  • Secured approval of their Gold Award proposal with their council
  • Earned (or currently earning) the Girl Scout Ambassador College Knowledge badge

Girls can then access data on over 500 colleges and universities, test college acceptance predictions, and organize and collect their notes. Check out CollegeLab today!

Past GSMW Gold Award Girl Scouts


For questions regarding your Gold Award,
please contact Customer Care