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Gold Award

Highest Award for Girls in Gr. 9-12
The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may earn. For many, the leadership skills, organizational skills, and sense of community and commitment that come from "going for the Gold" set the foundation for a lifetime of active citizenship. Colleges, employers and the military look favorably upon applicants with this credential. Someone once described the Girl Scout Gold Award as being "what you really want to be remembered for" in Girl Scouting.

Email the GSWNY Program Team for questions and to electronically submit Gold Award Paperwork

This year we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts’ highest award, the Gold Award in 2016!
This prestigious award is earned by a select group of Girl Scouts who have demonstrated a higher commitment to improving their communities and advocating for sustainable change. The Gold Award has gone by many names. Today we recognize all of these high awards as part of the Gold Award family.

Golden Eaglet (1916-1939)          Curved Bar (1940-1963)
First Class (1964-1980)                Gold Award (1980-present)

Are you a highest award alumnae? Share your story of earning the highest award in Girl Scouting (click here).

The Benefits of Going Gold
Girl Scout Gold Award recipients do well in life! They rate their general success significantly higher than their peers and report greater success in reaching their goals in many areas.


Higher education and career
Distinguish yourself in the college admissions process
Earn college scholarships
Enter the military one rank higher


Life skills
Be seen as a role model and distinguished leader
Master time management skills
Make the world a better place


Use your vision for change
Tackle an issue, locally or globally
Establish a lifetime network
Create your community legacy with a sustainable solution to a problem

Source: Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study, a report from the Girl Scout Research Institute, 2012

Special Request Gold Award Trainings - Troops and Service Units please contact the GSWNY Program Team.


Gold Award Recipients

2014 Gold Award Recipients
2013 Gold Award Recipients
2012 Gold Award Recipients
2011 Gold Award Recipients


Gold Award Trainings
Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who wish to earn their Gold Award must complete Gold Award Training. The training is designed to familiarize girls with the requirements for earning the award and to help prepare them for identifying, developing, and acting on their project ideas.

Online Gold Award Trainings


Step One: Download & print required course documents 

Journeys – Gold Award

Telephone Etiquette

Email Etiquette

Gold Award Project Packet

Gold Award Paperwork


Step Two: Watch training video

View online video course (Windows Media Player required); be sure to view the videos at 100% (or original size); they will look blurry if viewed larger. If you do not have Windows Media Player, you may access the video on YouTube here.

Download a PDF of the PowerPoint Training slides featured during the on-line training; click here.


Step Three: Complete online Training Log

To receive credit, you must complete the online learning log.

You will receive a completion email within two weeks of completing the course.

A listing of upcoming classroom-style Gold Award trainings can be found in theProgram Guide.

Registration for a Gold Award Training is required and can be completed througheBiz. There is no cost for this training. Gold Award Project Paperwork & Guidelines are available in the GSWNY Gold Award Packet.

The Gold Award Project
The Gold Award project is an individual project that a girl can be passionate about—in thought, deed, and action. It fulfills a need within a girl's community (whether local or global), creates change, and is sustainable into the future. If it is an event, the event should be something that people will want to continue for the next year; if it is a service, it should be something that creates change or action with long-term possibilities, empowering others besides just the girl; if it is something tangible, it should come with a plan for use and maintenance within the community. The project is more than a good service project—it encompasses organizational, leadership, and networking skills.

Gold Award Projects are approved and reviewed at the Council level. Training is available to help girls and leaders get started.  Council staff and volunteers provide advice and support throughout the process.

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