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Gold Award

Are You Ready to Make a Difference in the World?

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. Open only to girls in high school, this prestigious award challenges you to change the world—or at least your corner of it, and be eligible for college scholarships, too. By the time you put the final touches on your seven-step project, you’ll have solved a community problem—not only in the short term, but for years into the future. Check out the seven steps below.

1 Identify an issue
2 Investigate it thoroughly
3 Get help and build your team
4 Create a plan
5 Present your plan and gather feedback
6 Take action
7 Educate and inspire

The Benefits of Going Gold

Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success in life significantly higher and report higher success in reaching their goals within many areas.

Gold Award Facts and Figures
  • Gold Award recipients spend between one and two years on their projects.
  • The average age of Gold Award recipients is 17.
  • In nearly 100 years, one million girls have earned the Gold Award or its equivalent.
  • Gold Award recipients who join the armed services enter at one rank higher than other recruits.
  • University research indicates that adding Gold Award to a college application is a critical element in the admissions-decision process.




Gold Award History

The Golden Eagle of Merit, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to 1919, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing girls who make a difference in their communities with a prestigious award. The names have changed, but the meaning stays the same:

  • 1916-1919 Golden Eagle of Merit
  • 1919-1939 Golden Eaglet
  • 1938-1940 First Class
  • 1940-1963 Curved Bar
  • 1963-1980 First Class
  • 1980-present Gold Award