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Gold Award

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 (grade 9-12 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

Here's how to Go Gold!

Before you start (optional)
Take a workshop
Attend office hours

Complete your Gold Award Proposal
Read the Help List
Review the Gold Award process
    Use the app
    Download Word document

When you're ready
Notification of Change
Final Report

The volunteer Gold Award Committee determines if and when a girl earns the Gold Award. Girls submit their final report forms to Girl Scouts San Diego for review on the first of any month.

Girls must submit their final reports by April 1 to participate in that year's Gold Award ceremony in June. The absolute deadline to submit a final report and earn her Gold Award is Sept. 30 of the year she graduates from high school. Girls leaving grade 12 officially bridge to adults on Oct. 1 and are no longer eligible.

In addition to the councilwide ceremony, we encourage parents and leaders to celebrate this accomplishment with their girls. We carry a selection of gifts for Highest Awardees, including patches and accessories, in our stores.

Questions? Contact Steph Dawes at or (619) 610-0792.