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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.

Final Report Deadline Extended to December 31, 2020 for All Highest Awards
Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, Girl Scouts is offering a three-month extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouting’s Highest Awards.

This is particularly relevant for 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30 and typically would no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award respectively.

This guideline may be useful:
12th grade Ambassadors should submit a Gold Award proposal no later than July 1, 2020 (this will allow for an early-August approval).*

Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension. We want every girl or adult to be a member if they are working on a Girl Scout activity. A Girl Scout membership not only provides activity insurance, but also ensures there is no disruption to the council/national structure and support Girl Scouts offers. These Gold Award candidates may renew as an adult or choose Lifetime Membership. Thanks for helping us keep Girl Scouts safe and engaged during the extension!

*Remember: Both the Silver and Gold Award have required training before submitting a proposal. The videos are available here 24/7 for your convenience. Make sure to submit the quiz found below the videos so we can see you have done the training. We will contact you regarding submitting your proposal. 

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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 Steps

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

Before You Start Your Project
Submit a Gold Award Project Proposal

Once you have submitted your Gold Award Proposal, please do not continue any work on your project until you receive an approval letter from council.

After You Complete Your Project
Submit a Gold Award Final Summary Report

Final reports are due no later than September 1 of the year you graduate high school. 

Please note: handwritten forms will not be accepted.


GSNYPENN Gold Award Scholarships

Thanks to generous donors, our council awards scholarships to Gold Award Girl Scouts each year at our annual recognition dinner. Funds are used by the girls toward advancing their education at an institution of higher education. Each final and approved Gold Award project is automatically considered for a scholarship in the corresponding member year. The recipient’s project must demonstrate the highest level of leadership, sustainability, measurability and national/global links among the current class. Our hope is that this scholarship fund continues to grow to support the lifelong learning that builds women of courage, confidence and character beyond their Girl Scout experience.

Gold Award proposal submission deadlines and corresponding presentation dates:

Submission Deadline Presentation Dates
January 1, 2020 January 28, 2020
March 1, 2020 March 24, 2020
May 1, 2020 May 26, 2020
July 1, 2020 July 28, 2020
September 1, 2020 September 22, 2020
November 1, 2020     November 24, 2020