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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

COVID-19 Updates

GSUSA announced a three-month extension from Sept. 30 to December 31, 2020, to provide flexibility for Girl Scout Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors earning Girl Scouts’ Highest Awards. Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended and that we are navigating a period of rapid change, this extension applies to 5th grade Juniors, 8th grade Cadettes, and 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on September 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, respectively. The safety and health of our Girl Scouts is our top priority. We urge Girl Scout families to take the time they need to acclimate without the added stress of impending deadlines. Then, when girls are ready, let’s encourage them to flex their problem-solving muscles and adjust how they plan and implement their projects, rather than put their projects on hold. This will show girls that we’re confident in their ability to be the change our community needs through this crisis.

These guidelines may be useful:

  • 5th grade Juniors should have an approved proposal on file with their councils or be on Step 6 of their Bronze Award by Sept. 30, 2020 
  • 8th grade Cadettes should have an approved proposal on file with their council or be on Step 7 of the Silver Award by Sept. 30, 2020
  • 12th grade Ambassadors should have an approved Gold Award proposal on file with their council by Sept. 30, 2020

For Girl Scouts in councils who do not track Bronze or Silver Award projects, we kindly remind them (and their troop leaders) to be “honest and fair” when using this extension.

Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension. We want every girl or adult to be a member if they are working on a Girl Scout activity. These Gold Award Candidates may renew as an adult or choose Lifetime Membership.

Thanks for helping us keep Girl Scouts safe and engaged during the extension! For additional information or questions, contact Jessica Illert,, Program Manager.

As of October 1, 2019 the Gold Award process has moved to an online platform. To get started, register for your GoGold 2.0 Online account. Building your proposal and writing your final report has never been easier. GoGold will guide you along each of the seven project steps and auto-save your progress. GoGold can also be accessed on smartphones and tablets.

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 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.

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


You have completed a Gold Award Candidate Training 

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 


Take action


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