The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Since 1916, the Gold Award has stood for excellence and leadership for girls everywhere.


By earning the Gold Award, girls discover, connect, and take action to become a leader in their community.  A wealth of resources has been made available to start and successfully complete the Girl Scout Gold Award adventure in the links on this page. 


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Think of all of this information as travel brochures available for use along the way of this exciting journey. Each one touches on a specific topic. You may not need all of them, depending on your project. The following information has been designed to answer many of your questions and help you have a successful Gold Award experience.


GSK Scholarship Information

GSUSA Scholarship Information



  • Must be registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador (currently in the 9th – 12th grade)

  • Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador) or Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey

Each Journey you complete gives you the skills you need to plan and implement your Take Action project.

Please note: Girl Scout Juliettes should be sure to obtain copies of both the Girl and Adult Guides for each Journey, as both books are needed to successfully complete all of the Journey requirements.

  • Willing to make the commitment of time and effort required to complete the required steps can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.


After you have fulfilled the Journey(s) requirement, 80 hours is the suggested minimum hours for completing these steps: identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action and educating and inspiring others.

Although it is no longer required to submit your log of hours, it is highly recommended especially if you wish to apply for the Presidential Volunteer Service Awards.

Gold Award projects are typically challenging, large-scale projects that are innovative, engage others, and have a lasting impact on the targeted community with a plan for sustainability.  The suggested minimum hours are not a rule; they are a guide for you to plan your time in achieving your goal. 


A Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action project upholds the Standards of Excellence and

1.     Addresses the root cause of an issue

2.     Meets a sustainable need in the community

3.     Identifies national and/or global links to the selected issue

4.     Educates and inspires others to act to address the root cause

 A few things to keep in mind:

  • A Girl Scout Gold Award project is an individual project and is done for the benefit of the community outside of Girl Scouting

  • Girls should not use their parent as their Project Advisor

  • Girls should not use their Troop Leader/Advisor as their Project Advisor

  • Project proposals must be approved BEFORE you begin work on your project. Please allow up to 4 to 6 weeks for approval. The more complete the proposal is - the faster it may be approved.


The guidelines for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award have been updated over the years to reflect current GSUSA program materials.

     The current requirements were introduced in 2009 to align with the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.


Projects earned in 1990, 2000 and even 2010

do not meet today's Standards of Excellence



Seven Steps to Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award

Standards of Excellence

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.

  • Once an issue has been identified….what is the root cause of the issue??

  • Identify national and/or global links to your community issue

3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Advisor

GSK Gold Award Committee

Members of the GSK Gold Award Committee

4. Create a Plan. Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

Leadership vs. Service

Community Service vs. Take Action Projects

COMMUNITY SERVICE                           
One time effort
Short-term impact
Temporary solution                                    
FOR the community  


  • Addresses the root cause

  • Has long-term benefits

  • Continues after your involvement

  • WITH the community

5. Present your plan & get feedback Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.

My Gold Award Online App

GSUSA My Gold Award web application 

Girls will be able to type directly onto the app, save, make changes, check spelling and make revisions before submitting their proposal directly to their council.

Project plans and final reports should be submitted to Terri Tock, GSLE Program Specialist at the Louisville/Metro Program and Learning Center – 2115 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY  40206. Plans can also be submitted online via

Letter of need (support, endorsement)



- Project Is scanned

- Sent via e-mail to the committee chair

- If no questions, sent to committee for review

- Committee has two weeks to review & make comments or suggestions

- As soon as you are notified that your plan has been approved you may begin working on your project. If you find that you need to make any changes while you are working on your project, you must contact the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee for approval.

·Girl receives phone call from a committee member

·Confirmation letter sent with further information about submitting the final report, spring ceremonies and the GSK Annual Meeting


GSK Gold Award Approval Process


If the project NEEDS IMPROVEMENT to meet the Standards of Excellence: Girl is contacted or referred back to her advisor for more information/clarification


GSK Gold Award Project Plan Proposal Checklist



Must follow guidelines in Volunteer Essentials, Safety Activity Checkpoints and the Blue Book of Basic Documents 2012 or any other safety and risk management guidelines when completing all steps.


See the Resources Section of the GSK website for these documents or your Girl Scout Troop/Volunteer Advisor


Red flags – things you cannot do                         Copyrights

GS Photo Release/Photography Materials Release & Customization Guidelines 

Sample Photo Releases


6. Take Action: Take the lead to carry out your plan


Progression of Take Action - Example

Service vs. Take Action PowerPoint


7. Educate & Inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.


Evaluation is a part of every Girl Scout activity. Ways to document and evaluate the success or learning gained from your project may include:

     Before and after photos

     Satisfaction surveys completed by those benefiting from your project

     The number of ‘likes’ on a Face Book page

     Views of a You Tube video or website


Final Report Process:

Final reports are reviewed in September and March of each year

The GSK Gold Award Committee only meets in person in September and March to review final reports

 Once the final report is received, It is scanned and a copy made for our files


Your final report in whatever form it was submitted will be returned to you in its entirety at the Cluster Ceremony when you receive your Gold Award


 The committee reviews your final report and girls are notified of the status

       All of this takes place around the middle of the month

 Congratulatory letters are sent from GSK with details (if available) for the actual presentation ceremony

 Other congratulatory letters are requested from GSUSA, the White House and from other dignitaries and organizations. These filter in throughout the year.





Girls working on the Girl Scout Gold Award have until 9/1 of the year they graduate from high school to submit their final report. They will be recognized at the following year’s Spring Awards Ceremonies.

The official’ Girl Scout year for membership is October 1st through September 30th each year (even if they turn 18 during their senior year in high school), as of 10/1, they are officially registered as adult members.

  • The reason the deadline is 9/1 is to give the Gold Award Committee time to review their final report while they are still registered as girl members.

Gold Award final reports are reviewed and approved AFTER 9/1 and 3/1. A member of the Gold Award Committee contacts each GIRL directly via telephone prior to official notification through the mail.

Final Reports are reviewed twice a year.  The deadline to submit for review is March 1st and September 1st.  All reports must be received by March 1st in order for them to be reviewed and approved in time to be included in that year's annual meeting presentation and cluster celebrations.  

Finals can be submitted at any time, but are reviewed and approved in September and March.

  • finals received after March 1st will be reviewed the following September

  • finals received after September 1st will be reviewed the following March


All Gold Awardees are invited to attend the GSK Annual Meeting that takes place in April. A slide presentation is done showcasing each project as a member of the Gold Award Committee reads a narrative of your project. Each girl in attendance receives a special gift from the GSK CEO. Your award is presented at a special ceremony in your Cluster

 2014 Dates ~

GSK Annual Meeting hosted by Cluster 3 (Louisville/Metro PLC) – April 26, 2014

 Cluster One Ceremonies –

Owensboro, Saturday, May 10, 2014

Paducah, Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cluster Two Ceremony – Sunday, May 4, 2014

Cluster Three Ceremony – Friday, May 23, 2014

Cluster Four Ceremony – Saturday, May 17, 2014




This page pairs Gold Award Alumnae and it's equivalent from 1916 with girls currently earning their Gold Award.

This is a private Facebook group that is a place for girls who are working on or thinking about starting their Gold Award to bounce ideas off each other and ask questions about the process. Contact Terri Tock to join this page.




Guidelines for Seniors and Ambassadors

Gold Award Final Report

 Gold Award – Adult Volunteer Guide



National Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and special honor, conferred by Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) on ten Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue. Any Girl Scout who completed her Girl Scout Gold Award from May 1, 2012 to March 1, 2014 is eligible to apply to her Girl Scout council for nominee consideration. Each council reviews the applications they receive, and selects up to three nominees. Councils are responsible for submitting their nominations to GSUSA by March 31, 2014. A panel of corporate and community leaders will assist GSUSA in choosing the ten NYWOD from the pool of nominees.

  • The deadline to submit a application to the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana is March 1, 2014.

Contact Amber Davis (see link below on committee listing) for assistance in completing this application.

Examples of GREAT Gold Award Projects

Still need inspiration? Click on Map It below to find Gold Award projects submitted to GSUSA.



The Gold Award Alliance is an elite group of women that have earned the highest award available to them as girl members, including the Golden Eaglet, First Class, Curved Bar, and Girl Scout Gold Award.

For answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Gold Award Alliance, click here.



Contact Terri Tock

·      Direct Line: 502-276-9732; Cell: 502-882-0475

·      502-636-0900 ext, 22900 / 888-771-5170

Or you can email the Gold Award Committee at

You can contact any committee member for questions about your project. Click here for the Gold Award Committee Roster


Kendra Rogers, Chair (Cluster 4)           
3008 Boones Trace                              
Crestwood, KY 40014                          
(502) 265-6588                                                                                                        

Terri Tock (staff liaison) GSLE Program Specialist
c/o GSK; 2115 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY  40206
502-276-9732 Direct Line; 502-882-0475 Cell
1-888-771-5170/502-636-0900 Ext. 229; FAX 502-634-0837

Cluster 1 Paducah/Bear Creek– Owensboro/Pennyroyal & Hopkinsville  AREAS: 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Lori K Schroeder
1919 Tomy Lee Court
Owensboro, KY 42301

Cluster 2 Bowling Green/Caveland– Elizabethtown/Heartland  AREAS: 4 5 6 16 17
Debby Ison
116 Woodhurst Lane
Russellville, KY 42276
(270) 725-2028

Lindsey Ison
116 Woodhurst Lane
Russellville, KY  42276
(270) 725-2028

Cluster 3 Louisville/Metro AREAS: 9 10 11 12 13 14
Sharon Cecil
9510 Candywood Ln
Louisville, KY 40291-1011
(502) 239-1500

Laura Zanewicz Hatfield
6905 Arbor Circle
Louisville KY  40228
(502) 931-4761

Sarah Kelty
BO Corazon
Buzon 5-1
Guayama, PR 00784
(502) 727-8263

Lorie Marcum
8303 Aldridge Way,
Louisville, KY  40222
(502) 494-2276  

Kerry Morris
4510 Lunenburg Drive
Louisville, KY  40245
(502) 429-6402

ADVISOR for Girls:
Amber Lea Davis
803 Chamberry Dr
Louisville, KY 40207-3624

Cluster 4 Metro Louisville/Southern Indiana AREAS: 1 2 3 7 8 15
Terri Sanders
3731 Valley Creek Dr.
Pendleton, KY 40055
(502) 435-4853

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