The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.
Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold.
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
Educate and inspire
After girls have participated in a GSOFCT Gold Award Webinar, and are ready to begin Gold, they set up their profile in the Go Gold Portal - your online connection for working on your Gold Award! Some things to remember when setting up your online portal (thank you to the girls who have made these suggestions):
- Check out the Highest Awards "At a Glance" to help you get started.
- Use the Gold Award Checklist as you move through the Gold Award Process.
- It is best to use either Chrome or Firefox as your browser when using the portal.
- Choose an easy to remember password. If you ever need to reset your password TYPE the provided password rather than copying and pasting it into the box.
- Be sure to select Connecticut as your state where requested. Otherwise your profile will end up associated with Alaska.
- Remember to select “autosave”.
- When submitting your Draft Proposal, write “DRAFT” before your project’s title.
After speaking with your Mentor remember to remove “DRAFT: from your proposal title and attach a PDF of your Letter of Endorsement
Gold Award Webinars
The webinar is free and usually runs the second Tuesday of every month and/or on a weekend day. Individual participation in the webinar is require for girls who are ready to begin the Gold Award process. 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 may register individually or gather together as a group around one computer.
- Viewing for mandatory credit? Girls taking the webinar for mandatory credit must participate individually and register with their own email address that they will use during the Gold Award process. To receive the mandatory credit, the girl must be logged in by start time and all poll questions must be answered. Within three months of attending the webinar, a girl’s DRAFT Gold Award Proposal must be submitted through the online portal.
To participate, click the link below to register with GoToWebinar for the webinar that fits your schedule. Log on about 10 minutes beforehand to check your connection and so that we may begin on time.
GSOFCT Gold Award Process
While girls use GSUSA’s Go Gold portal for their paperwork, they also are connected to a GSOFCT Gold Award Mentor who provides guidance during the project process. In addition, each girl will be asked to select a Technical Advisor- someone in the community who is an “expert” in her project area. Below is a thumbnail sketch of the process.
- Within three months of watching the Gold Award Webinar, girls submit a DRAFT Proposal, which alerts the office to connect her to a Gold Award Mentor.
- After discussing her ideas with her Mentor she makes clarifying edits to her Proposal and hits “submit” again, this time attaching a Letter of Endorsement from the agency or people in need of the project. By this point the girl has selected a Technical Advsior.
- This triggers the office to share the Proposal and Endorsement with the Gold Award Committee for suggestions and comments.
- The comments are used by the girl and mentor to make any last edits before they sign their Gold Award Agreement.
- At this point the girl may begin work on the project as outlined and is responsible to connect monthly (or more if desired) with her Mentor.
- When she has completed her project, she submits her Final Report in the online portal.
- This alerts the office that the Committee will be scheduling a Final Interview with the girl, to review, and approve her project.
- After this, girls may receive their Gold Award Pin at a local ceremony. Mentors will give girls their pins.
- The Council-wide Celebration is held on the first Sunday of June.
GSOFCT Gold Award Dates
- July 1 prior to 9th grade - Prerequisite Senior Journeys must be started after this date.
- June 1 of Senior Year – Last date for submitting Gold Award Proposal.
- March 15 – Last date to submit Final Report to be included in that year’s June Ceremony.
- April 15 - Last date to complete a final interview to be included in that year’s June Ceremony.
- September 30 after graduating High School – last date to submit Final Report.
- January 15 – Final Interview deadline for girls who submitted a Final Report by September 30 following Senior year of High School.
All questions about the Gold Award should to be directed to email@example.com or you can call Girl Scouts of Connecticut toll free at (800) 922-2770. Once you have met with your assigned Volunteer Gold Award Committee Mentor, your mentor can also answer any Gold questions you may have.
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 Expo and Banquet 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. The GSUSA web site has a searchable scholarship area. We encourage you to contact admissions offices to discuss your award and how it may link to their leadership and/or community action scholarships. The following are $1,000 scholarships that are offered to GSOFCT Gold Awardees. The application deadline is April 1.
Join the Gold Award Committee to become a volunteer mentor to these girls! Contact Monica Stellmacher at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 922-2770 ext. 3350.