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The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.
Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold.
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or
You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout
You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the
Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
Below is an overview of requirements to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award. In order to fully understand what we expect from girls, please refer to the Gold Award Guide and the FAQs. For further information, please contact the Gold Award Liaison.
Girl Scout Gold Award Pre-Requisites
Girls must be in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade (or equivalent) and a registered Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador
AND Complete two Journeys (Senior or Ambassador)* OR
Earn the Silver Award and complete one Senior or Ambassador Journey
*Girl Scout Seniors complete Senior journeys and
Girl Scout Ambassadors complete Ambassador journeys
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
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.
3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.
4. Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.
6. Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.
7. Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.
Gold Award Support and Paperwork
Gold Award Scholarship Application. The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT) Gold Award Scholarship was established to help the recipient further her education. The scholarship is given to Girl Scouts who exemplify Girl Scouting ideals. Selections will be based first and foremost on the applicant’s contribution to society through service and her desire to continue this contribution through a life attitude of helping others.
Gold Award Liaison: Vanessa Wheeler 505-923-2525
Do you want to empower girls? We have volunteer positions available for adults interested in helping girls “go for the Gold.” For more information, contact Vanessa Wheeler.
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
- 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
- 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