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What is the Girl Scout Gold Award?

Gold Award RecipientThe Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Each Gold Award Project addresses a community issue and improves lives. The Gold Award process builds girls’ personal leadership skills. A Gold Award Project inspires others to take action within their communities.

Did You Know?

• Though it has changed names, since 1916 the Girl Scout Gold Award, the organization's highest award, has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

• The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest leadership award a Girl Scout can earn. Less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

• A Girl Scout who has earned her Gold Award immediately rises one rank in any of the U.S. military branches.

• A growing number of colleges and universities across the country recognize the achievement of the Gold Award through college admission and scholarship.

Seven Steps to Earning the Gold Award

(Once prerequisite Journeys are complete)

1. Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.
2. Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.
3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.
4. Create a plan: Create a project plant that achieves sustainable and measurable impact*
5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout Council 
6. Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.
7. Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.

*Once you have attended the Gold Award Webinar and have a Gold Award Project idea, submit the My Gold Award Project Idea paperwork. 


Gold Award Webinars

 The webinar is free and runs the second Tuesday of every month (and occasionally on a weekend day). It is a mandatory part for a girl who will definitely be working on the Gold. However, it can also act as a great resource to leaders, parents, and girls who want to learn more. Any girl/adult can register and attend the Gold Award webinar to learn more!


Viewing for information? Girls and/or adults attending the webinar for information do not need to register individually. As a group, you may watch collectively around one computer.

Viewing for mandatory credit? Girls taking the webinar for mandatory credit must participate individually and register with their own email address. To receive the mandatory credit, the girl must be logged in by start time and all poll questions must be answered. My Gold Award Project Idea paperwork must be submitted within three months of attending the webinar.

To participate, click on the link below to register with GoToWebinar. Log on about 10 minutes beforehand to check your connection and so that we may begin on time.



Gold Award Resources

Go Gold Portal
Your online connection for working on your Gold Award!

You can also find all of these resources in the Resource and Form Library under "Girl Program."

More Questions?

All questions about the Gold Award should to be directed to or you can call Girl Scouts of Connecticut toll free at (800) 922-2770 and ask to be connected with Monica Stellmacher at extension 3350. Once you have met with your assigned Volunteer Gold Award Committee Mentor, your mentor can also answer any Gold questions you may have.

Ways to Celebrate

Troops or Service Units may hold local pinning ceremonies. Girls and their families are encouraged to invite mentors, volunteers, community partners, local dignitaries and many others to celebrate in the successful completion of their project and the ways in which it helped a community. This can happen anytime after the Girl Scout successfully completes her Gold Award Final Interview

To recognize all the recipients, Girl Scouts of Connecticut hosts a Gold Award Reception the first Sunday in June. For the last several years, the Governor of the State of Connecticut has declared the first Sunday in June Girl Scout Gold Award Day. 

To buy Gold Award memorabilia, visit our shop. (The gold pin is given to the girl by the Girl Scouts of Connecticut. You may purchase other mementos or parent pins from the shop.)


Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is an achievement recognized by many institutions. We encourage you to contact admissions offices to discuss your award and how it may link to their leadership and/or community action scholarships.

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Support our Gold Award Candidates

Join the Gold Award Committee to become a volunteer mentor to these girls! Click here for more information, or contact Monica Stellmacher at or (800) 922-2770 ext. 3350.

Past Recipients

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Click on a year below to read about past Gold Award Recipients!

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