The Girl Scout Gold Award

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.  


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


  • Earn the Silver Award and complete one Journey (Senior or Ambassador)
  • Willing to make the commitment of time and effort required to complete the required steps can earn the Girl Scout Gold Award

Guidelines and Paperwork


Go Gold Workshop

The Go Gold Workshop will teach girls how to follow their passion to find a project that meets a community need and can be sustainable after their involvement.  The procedures for submitting Girl Scout Gold Award project plans and the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana approval process will be detailed and explored in this course.  Adults will learn how to guide girls to find their passion and proceed with the programmatic outcomes listed above.  It would be best to take a Senior Grade Level course, become familiar with the Journeys prior to attending this course.

  • Find course dates on our Program Calendar
  • Request a Go Gold Workshop

Seven Steps to Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award

Choose an Issue

  • Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.


  • 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.

Get Help

  • Invite others to support and take action with you.

Create a Plan

  • Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact. 
    • The plan must meet the Standards of Excellence before the committee can approve it.  It must also 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.  Here are some helpful documents for your use.
  • GSK Gold Award Project Plan Proposal Checklist
  • GSK Rules and Regulations

Submit Your Plan & Get Feedback

  • My Gold Award Online App -
    • Girls will be able to type directly onto the app, save, make changes, check spelling, and make revisions before submitting their proposal directly to the council.

Take Action

  • After the committee approves it, take the lead to carry out your plan

Educate & Inspire

  • Share what you have experienced with others.

Plan Submission Process

  • Proposal is received by GSK, reviewed for completeness, and sent electronically to the panel.
  • Panel has two weeks to review and make comments or suggestions.
  • If the plan is approved, girl receives phone call from a panel member and a confirmation letter is sent with further information about submitting the final report, award ceremonies, and the Annual Meeting.
  • If the plan needs improvement to meet the Standards of Excellence, the girl is contacted for more information/clarification.
  • 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 Service Area Panel for approval.

Final Report Process

  • Final reports are reviewed in September and March of each year.  They must be received by March 1st and September 1st for review.  The GSK Gold Award Service Area Panel only meets 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 ceremony when you receive your Girl Scout 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 for the award ceremony.
  • Other congratulatory letters are requested from GSUSA, the White House, and from other dignitaries and organizations. These filter in throughout the year.

Additional Resources

For More Information

Danica Van Volkenburg
Grades 6-12 Program Specialist
2115 Lexington Road
Louisville, KY 40206

502-636-0900 Ext. 24700

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