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Gold Award

Do you want to make sustainable change in the world?

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the most prestigious award in the world for girls—and the most difficult to earn—and it’s only available to Girl Scouts. As a Gold Award Girl Scout, you will really change the world!

Gold Award Girl Scouts are challenged to make a sustainable change in their communities and around the world. These young women are inspiring leaders whose Gold Award projects are impacting the worlds of STEM, education, agriculture, medicine, and more all over the globe. Follow these steps to earn your Gold Award with USAGSO.

To see the impacts Girl Scouts overseas are making around the world, visit our Highest Awards Highlights.

Get Ready, Get Set...

PREREQUISITES-Before you start, make sure you have met the following criteria:

  • Registered Girl Scout Member
  • Senior or Ambassador (9th-12th grades)
  • Completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys
  • OR one Senior or Ambassador Journey & earned your Silver Award

LEARN ABOUT THE GOLD- Watch the USAGSO USA Gold Award Training and read the Highest Awards FAQs to find out more about earning your Gold Award overseas. To find out what it takes to make a strong Gold Award project, check out the Gold Award Standards of Excellence Rubric

Go Gold Online

It’s time to investigate, build your team, and make change in the world!  All steps (1-7) of your project must be completed using GSUSA’s Go Gold Online. Register and begin your project today.  

TIMELINE- Gold Award Project Proposals (step 5) and Gold Award Final Reports (step 7) will be reviewed by the Gold Award Committee the month after it is received, and notification of approval will be provided by the 15th.  For example, a proposal submitted June 10th will receive feedback and notification of approval by July 15.

PRESENT YOUR PROJECT- In addition to your final report, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to share their projects and stories with the Gold Award Committee through a video presentation. Use your creativity and have fun!

Videos, photographs, and additional stories may be submitted through Go Gold Online when submitting your Final Report (step 7). You may also submit any of the aforementioned items to The items that you submit will be shared with the Gold Award Committee to review along with your final report.  

REQUEST A MENTOR- Want additional guidance or help planning your project?  Contact to request a Gold Award Committee Mentor.


Once you have received notification of final approval from the USA Girl Scouts Overseas Gold Award Committee, you have officially earned your Girl Scout Gold Award. Congratulations, you are now a member of an elite alliance of Gold Award Girl Scouts!

To receive your Gold Award pins and certificate, and to be featured in our Highest Awards Highlights, please complete this Gold Award Order Form.