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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

The Benefits of Going Gold

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

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Gold Award Scholarship

Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails Gold Award Scholarship

The Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails (GSNMT) Gold Award Scholarship was established to help Gold Award recipients further their education. The scholarship is awarded 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.

By earning the Gold Award, you are also eligible to apply for many scholarships and awards.  Click here to learn more! 

National Gold Award Girl Scouts

Who are National Gold Award Girl Scouts?

Every year, ten exceptionally inspiring Gold Award Girl Scouts are chosen as National Gold Award Girl Scouts.

This honor is given to Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors whose Gold Award projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact and addressed a local challenge related to a national and/or global issue. These young women are taking matters into their own hands, generating much-needed change!

How are the National Gold Award Girl Scouts chosen?

Councils are asked to select their top three Gold Award Girl Scouts using GoGold Online. Girl Scouts who would like their councils to consider nominating them as National Gold Award Girl Scouts are required to use GoGold Online. GSUSA then ensures a rigorous review process, during which each application is thoroughly evaluated by GSUSA staff and an external panel of trusted partners. Once the list is narrowed, GSUSA's internal National Gold Award Girl Scout team selects the top ten.

When are the National Gold Award Girl Scouts selected?

Councils are asked to nominate candidates annually from April 1 through April 30. Following a two-month review process, ten new National Gold Award Girl Scouts are announced in July.

Did you know?

  • National Gold Award Girl Scouts represent GSUSA as speakers at local and national events.
  • All selected National Gold Award Girl Scouts receive professional public speaking training.
  • National Gold Award Girl Scouts have the opportunity to reach a broad audience while highlighting the importance and impact of their projects.
  • National Gold Award Girl Scouts are awarded college scholarships and other opportunities to sustain their Gold Award projects.  In 2020, National Gold Award Girl Scouts were awarded $20,000 in scholarships!
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Complete your Silver Award and one Senior/Ambassador Journey - OR - two Senior/Ambassador Journeys (including the Take Action Project) to hone the skills you'll need to earn your Gold Award. 


Complete Gold Award Training.   Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails requires that all girls interested in earning their Gold Award attend training prior to beginning their project.  Training is 1.5 hours long.  Contact us for information on the next scheduled Gold Award training.


Brainstorm to identify an issue you care about—then investigate it thoroughly.


Build your team and find a Project Advisor.


Create a plan and complete your Gold Award Project Proposal.


The Gold Award Committee will review your proposal, provide feedback, and work with you to improve your plan.  The GAC meets every 2nd Thursday of the month at 5:30pm at the Girl Scout Council office. All paperwork needs to be submitted to council two weeks before the committee meets.

The GAC is committed to supporting girls in earning this prestigious award. Contact us to be put on the next agenda.


Once your project is approved, take action to carry out your plans!


Turn in your completed Gold Award Final Report and submit your photo to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award.

Gold Award projects should be submitted by September 30th of the Girl Scout year to be honored at the annual awards ceremony.

Graduating Seniors must have their Final Report submitted by August 1. 


Reflect on your hard work, share your story, and celebrate your work!

Gold Award Forms & Resources
Project Advisor/Volunteer Forms & Resources 

Interested in volunteering for the Gold Award Committee, being a Project Advisor or a volunteer to help girls Go For the Gold?  Contact us!

Project Fundraising

Girls can solicit funds as donations via donation letters.  Anything under $249 can be deposited directly into the girl’s troop account; anything over $250 must come to the council and then we will re-issue the funds upon completion of the Opportunity Fund form and send the check to the troop.  All High Award project monies must be retained by the troop since the girl has no individual “girl account”.

Girl Scouts should work closely with their troop leader for possible troop donations towards her project.  Of course, this would be voted on by the troop so all troop girls have an equal say as to if the troop should support their fellow Girl Scout.

The following  are some examples of fundraising activities that are permitted:

  • bake sale
  • car washes

GoFundMe is not permitted.

Troop Leaders should submit the Activity/Money Earning Application on behalf of the girl.  A parent/guardian may submit on behalf of Juliette Girl Scouts. 

Money Earning Notification Form

Please refer to the Gold Award Guide or contact our Gold Award Liaison, Cecilia Chavez, with any questions or concerns.

Join the Gold Award Committee!

Adult members council-wide are invited to join the Gold Award Committee.

The role of a committee member includes:

  • Hear Gold Award Project Proposals from girls proposing
  • Make recommendations about their proposals, approve proposals, and, upon completion, approve the award
  • Volunteer to be a mentor to one or more girls
  • Guide and support the girl in attaining her gold award until completion
  • Attend monthly Zoom meetings of 1-2 hours

Contact us for more information at [email protected] or 505.343.1040.


2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts


Natalie A.
Engineering a Solar-Powered Helicopter Pad

Natalie’s take action project addressed two issues. The Pajarito Ski hill needed a faster, more efficient way of transporting patients from the scene of an accident to the helicopter pad. The original helicopter pad at the base of the ski hill required additional ambulance transport in order to get the patient to the helicopter landing zone. This extra transfer created more movement with the patient, which puts the patient at more risk. The new helicopter landing zone is now accessible by snowmobile, so the patient can be taken directly from the point of injury to the Air Medical Services without the additional ambulance transfer. This can provide better and more efficient critical care to the patient.

The second issue addressed the lack of women pursuing STEM careers, namely engineering. As a young woman hoping to pursue engineering, the absence of other female peers in her robotics and basic engineering classes was distinctly noticeable. However, the encouragement from older female members from previous robotic classes kept her motivated to continue. With this workshop, she hopes to provide the same encouragement to the younger girls in her community and to inspire STEM learning. Girls could explore basic elements of engineering and feel more empowered with the support of female peers.

“I felt proud to be able to encourage a younger group of girls to take on engineering. It was so refreshing to see so many girls as passionate about engineering as I was. I want to contribute to putting more minds in STEM, and I felt that this project helped me to do so.”

Eleanor H

Eleanor H.
Bradbury Science Museum Association Teen Advisory Board

Eleanor formed a teen advisory board for the museum. She discovered that an international museum that sits right in her hometown was not being utilized by teens. Eleanor took charge by finding a way to make science fun again. She recruited students from her community to apply for these board positions and was very surprised by the number of applicants. She found her review & acceptance process of a new board member “tedious but rewarding”. The teen board quickly went to work and created Bradbury Teen Nights, the first event put on and it was a “smash success” Teens enjoyed activities such as science trivia, robot demos, puzzle contests, Bill Nye movie screenings, and of course FREE food! Eleanor is successful in that the teen board she developed is an official corollary to the Bradbury Science Museum Association as part of their “Org Chart” and it also has a yearly stipend from the association to fund events.

“Seeing other people get excited about making meaningful impacts within the board and at the Bradbury is so much more rewarding than doing all the work. I’ve come to realize that I would love to have a career in leadership in some capacity, and my Gold Award has taught me how to do that effectively.”