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Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is a national award and a personal challenge that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may choose to pursue.

Earning The Girl Scout Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.

Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award, has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award puts you among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world (less than 1% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award). With talent, passion, commitment and determination, you, too, can make changes in your community and impact people around the World!

The Girl Scout Gold Award Process

Prerequisites:

  • Have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award as a Girl Scout Cadette and complete one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journey
OR
  • Complete two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journeys

Upon completion of prerequisites:
  • Attend a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Workshop
  • Formulate a project plan, recruit a project advisor and complete the Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal paperwork
  • Submit Gold Award Project Proposal to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Advisory Committee by 1st day of the month.

Upon approval of Girl Scout Gold Award Project:

When your project is approved by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee, you will receive written approval to begin your Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project. At that time you are ready to implement your project.

If you do not receive project approval from the committee prior to beginning your project, the project is inadmissible and project’s final report will not be considered eligible.

Upon completion of your Girl Scout Gold Award Project:
You must submit the Girl Scout Gold Award Final Report by the first of the month, to be reviewed by the committee that month. Within two to four weeks of submission, you will receive written approval or feedback from a committee member if additional steps need to be taken to complete your project as agreed and approved in your original project proposal or revisions.

FINAL STEP IN THE Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri GOLD AWARD APPROVAL PROCESS 2013-2014 - Final Presentation & Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase

After approval of the Girl Scout Gold Award Final Report, Gold Award candidates may choose to schedule and meet with the Gold Award Advisory Committee (GAAC) to evaluate their GS Gold Award project. At this step girls present their accomplishments in a final presentation, through photos, outcomes surveys, journals and/ or other media of their choice.

Gold Award candidates may choose to attend a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Showcase, eliminating a final presentation with the GAAC. At the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase, Gold Award candidates attend, display and present their accomplishments to Girl Scout families, younger Girl Scouts, family, friends and leaders in the community.

Girl Scout Gold Award candidates who schedule and attend a final presentation with GAAC members are encouraged to attend the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase, however, their final presentation submitted must be displayed at a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase. Final presentation will be returned to a Gold Award candidate after the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase in which their project is presented to the community.

It is encouraged that Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award candidates attend a Showcase in person.

Milestones

10-year, 13-year and Graduating Seniors are recognized with a certificate from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to document a girl’s commitment to Girl Scouting.

To receive certificates, fill out the Milestones Request form and mail by March 1 to Girl Scout Gold Award Staff Advisor.

Recognition

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri (Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri) honor Girl Scout Gold Awardees with a special recognition ceremony and reception in June.

Awardees are presented the Girl Scout Gold Award pin and various certificates of recognition from other organizations.

To be recognized at Reflections, the Girl Scout Gold Award Project must be completed and Final Report submitted by March 1 of the ceremony year.  Girls will be recognized at the next year’s ceremony if final reports are received after March 1.

Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee exists to support Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors through the process of earning their Girl Scout Gold Award.

The committee puts in place the framework and approval process for the award. It is typically comprised of community members, educators, key volunteers and young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards.

The committee’s role is to ensure that girls’ projects meet the national guidelines.

If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, contact Nicole Dalton, ndalton@girlscoutsem.org