The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere. The Gold Award project challenges girls to identify an unmet need or core issue in the community, research and investigate it, recruit volunteers, and build a team to create a plan to address the issue/need.
Gold Award Overview
Below is an overview of the requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. In order to fully understand what is expected, refer to the Girl Scout Gold Award girl guidelines, adult guide, and the FAQs.
Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador and have completed the required prerequisites:
- If a girl as earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, then she needs to complete one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journey.
- If a girl has not earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, then she needs to complete two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journeys.
Journeys can be chosen from either the Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador level, however girls need to make sure to work on age appropriate journeys.
Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has developed a Going for the Gold information session to help girls understand what it takes to achieve their Girl Scout Gold Award. This informational session is offered in both a classroom and webinar format and is required for girls working on their Girl Scout Gold Award. Check the activity finder for more information about upcoming sessions.
The Gold Award steps
- Identify an issue/need
- Investigate it thoroughly
- Get help and build your team
- Create a plan
- Present your plan and gather feedback
- You must submit your proposal in order to schedule an interview appointment with the Girl Scout Gold Award committee.
- You must receive approval from the Girl Scout Gold Award committee prior to moving on to the next step in your project.
- Depending on demand, it may take four to six weeks between submitting your forms and receiving an appointment to interview with the committee. Please allow sufficient time before planning to begin.
- Take Action
- Educate and Inspire
- Gold Award Final Report
- You must submit your final report in order to schedule an interview appointment with the Girl Scout Gold Award committee.
- Depending on demand, it may take four to six weeks between submitting your forms and receiving an appointment to interview with the committee.
Special Notes: The Girl Scout Gold Award is earned individually and is independent of other awards. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest honor a girl member of Girl Scouts can achieve. All work associated with the Girl Scout Gold Award, including the final presentation and paperwork, must be completed by the end of September the year she graduates.
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Girls of Distinction Celebration Deadline
Each June, Girl Scouts of Central Indiana hosts an annual celebration to recognize local Girl Scouts for their achievements during the past year. In order to be eligible to participate in the current year’s celebration, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients must submit their final reports to the council office by April 1.
How to submit Girl Scout Gold Award forms
Please mark ATTN: Girl Scout Gold Award and submit them to Girl Scouts of Central Indiana using any of the following:
- Mail to:
2611 Waterfront Parkway East Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46214
- Fax to 317.931.3346
- Scan and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.