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Girl Scout Gold Award Go Gold

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 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.

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

Go Gold Online Portal

After girls have participated in a GSOFCT Gold Award Training and are ready to begin their Gold Award, they should set up their profile in the Go Gold Portal - your online connection for working on your Gold Award where you will complete your Gold Award proposal and final report. 

GSOFCT Gold Award Process
Gold Award Dates

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 1 – Final Interview deadline for girls who submitted a Final Report by September 30 following Senior year of High School.
Gold Award Training

Completion of a Gold Award Training is required before submitting a Gold Award Project Proposal. Choose one of the following options to complete this step:

  • Gold Award Webinar - The webinar is free and usually runs twice a month with one being held the second Tuesday of every month. Individual registration is required and minimum participation is required to receive training credit. 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! Troops who wish to view as a group should contact us for information on how to get credit for attending. Register for the webinar here.
  • Gold Award Bootcamp - This in-person option provides a basic training for the Gold Award in a more hands-on, in-depth format. Participants will have the opportunity to begin to work on and receive feedback on their proposal during this training. There is a small fee associated with this option. Register for Gold Award Bootcamps here.
  • Gold Award Boomerang - Boomerang is programming that comes to you and will bring the Gold Award training to your troop or service unit. A minimum number of participants is required for this option. This training will cover the same information as the webinar, but will be done in-person. Coming soon. 
Ways to Celebrate

Locally

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

Council-wide

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.)

Scholarships

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award is an achievement recognized by many institutions. Here are a few options to look for scholarships available to Gold Award Girl Scouts:

  • Check out GSUSA's searchable scholarship database.
  • Contact the admissions offices at your college/ university to discuss your Gold Award and how it may link to their leadership and/or community action scholarships.
  • GSOFCT awards $1000 scholarships to GSOFCT Gold Award Girl Scouts. The application is available beginning in January of each year and the deadline to apply is April 1. You can find the scholarship application when it is available here