The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting; it recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership projects. Since 1916, girls have successfully answered the call to Go Gold, an act that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.
First, complete the pre-requisites
The requirements for applying to earn your Girl Scout Gold Award are simple. You must:
- Be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade
- Be a registered Girl Scout
- Have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Journey.
Next, take Gold Award Training
- This training is for girls, but leaders or parents may attend to observe.
- Check GS Adventures or Activities on ebiz for details on when training is scheduled in your area.
- For groups of 10 or more girls, additional training workshops can be scheduled for your group.
- Contact a Committee Staff Liaison to schedule training. (Requests for additional training dates must be submitted and approved with at least 1 month notice. All registrations and fees must be completed at least 14 days prior to the requested training.)
Then, register on the GSUSA Gold Award Web App and start planning your project
You can complete and save information as you work through the 7 Project Steps. From this point, your project is expected to take you individually about 80 hours.
1. Choose an issue: See page 9-11 of your toolkit (MUST be outside of Girl Scouts) See Ideas Sheet
2. Investigate: Use the mind-mapping tool – page 12 of your toolkit
3. Get help: See page 13 of your toolkit
|Team Members||You get to build and lead your own team; based on skills, connection to community and ability. Make sure to include people who are passionate about your project, and rely on them for help! List should include professional contacts.|
|Gold Award Project Advisor||This is an adult, you choose, who is knowledgeable and has specific experiences related to your project topic. This person cannot be your parent or troop leader.|
|Troop Leaders||Can be a great resource to coach you along your project but be sure to remind them that it is YOUR individual project!|
|Parents||Can be a great support, but be sure to remind them that it is YOUR project!|
|Community Sustainability Partner||Your Sustainability Partner is a company, group, or non-profit organization within your local or global community that is a member of your team and has committed long term to the project plan that you have created and implemented.|
4. Create a Plan:
- See page 14-18 of your toolkit
- There are 2 project examples for sustainability if this is an area of challenge
- Before you submit proposal review all questions in the Project Planning Checklist (page 18). Submit a proposal after you can clearly explain why your responses have been “yes” to each question.
5. ** Present your Plan and Get Feedback **
- Two ways to complete this process:
o Gold Award Web App
o Type responses and submit a hard copy
- Gold Award Projects cannot move forward without approval. You will need approval to move forward and begin working on your project.
- All Gold Award Project paperwork (Proposals, Final Reports and Supporting Documentation) received before to the 30th day of the prior month are reviewed at the monthly Silver and Gold Committee Meeting. If paperwork is received after the 30th day, it will be added to the next month’s review list.
- The Gold Award Project Proposal will either be “approved”, “approved with conditions”, or “needs improvement”. You will receive a letter (7-14 days after the committee meeting) informing you of the status of your paperwork. Suggestions, feedback, and “next steps” will be included in all letters. Projects that “need improvement” will need to resubmit information before they are allowed to continue.
- In some cases a meeting request will be sent to allow for an in person presentation of the project. It is up to you to maintain contact with the committee staff liaison and schedule a meeting to present your project to the committee. (Don’t forget about your leadership role, budget, money-earning forms, timeline, how your solution is sustainable, and a global link).
- Project Proposals that have been “approved” and “approved with conditions” are able to move on to Step 6: Take Action.
- During your senior year or the year you graduate; the final submission date for a proposal is April 30th. No new proposals will be accepted after the April 30th deadline for girls graduating.
|Council Committee Members||This is a group of staff and adult volunteers trained to understand the Standards of Excellence associated with the Gold Award. They meet at monthly meetings to offer feedback and suggestions for all girls involved in the process.|
|Committee Staff Liaisons||Linda Stephen: Series and Event Pathway SupervisorDee Streeter: Girl Leadership Specialist, Series and Event Pathway|
|Submission ContactInformation||Email/Scan hard copies: firstname.lastname@example.orgPost/Delivery: 8 Mountain View Avenue
Albany, NY 12205
Attn: Linda Stephen
Gold Award App (automatic): email@example.com
6. Take Action: You can do it!
- This is when your project actually begins.
- Be sure to document your progress, take notes, and lots of pictures!
- Please fill out the publicity form to help you with media opportunities while you’re working on your project and so we can help recognize your efforts.
7. Educate and Inspire:
- See page 19 of your toolkit
- Submit Final Report and Supporting Documentation to the Silver & Gold Committee
- Submit the Final Report and all Supporting Documentation to the Silver and Gold Award Committee.
- Final Report is in hard copy after page 21 in Guidelines, in Web App, or online.
- Supporting Documentation includes: timeline, budget, pictures, emails/letters, illustrated and committed sustainability plan from an outside organization and all other records that give a comprehensive depiction of your Gold Award Project.
- To be included in the spring ceremony; final reports must be submitted by February 28th and approved at the March Committee Meeting. Reports received March 1 and after will be included in the following year’s celebration.
- To be recognized in council communications and through your local press, please take a few minutes to fill out and submit the publicity form.
- Your Gold Award Project must be complete and approved before Sept. 30 of the year you graduate high school. This necessitates that your Final Report and all Supporting Documentation is submitted no later than August 30th.
- The Gold Award Project will either be marked “approved” or “needs improvement”. You will receive a letter (7-14 days after the committee meeting) informing you of the status of your project. Projects that “need improvement” will need to resubmit information before they are approved.