When it comes to changing the world, Gold Award Girl Scouts take the lead. Those who earn this distinguished award have demonstrated extraordinary leadership while executing a project with a measurable and sustainable impact at a local, national or global level.

To begin this journey, girls must complete various prerequisites and then present their project proposal to the Girl Scout Gold Award Committee. The Gold Award Committee is made up of Girl Scout alums (many have earned this award) and are there to guide girls through this process, approving project ideas, helping identify new directions and ultimately signing off on final project presentations.

Before a Girl Scout even presents her project idea to the Gold Award Committee, she must write a proposal that captures the following elements.  

Community Need

Is the project fulfilling a real need in the community or beyond? Do similar resources exist and if so, does it build on these resources? A Girl Scout can use her previous volunteer experience to draw ideas – did she spend time at another nonprofit organization to earn her Girl Scout Bronze or Silver Awards, what did she do to help? Did she notice any gaps she could close?


The Gold Award is a leadership project, but that doesn’t mean a Girl Scout is tasked with accomplishing everything herself! In fact, the expectation is that she should build a great support team composed of peers and adults and people outside the immediate family.


The more details the better! It’s a great practice to assume the Gold Award Committee knows absolutely nothing about the proposed project so use the application as a forum to walk them through the research, analysis and plan. Don’t hesitate to upload additional attachments through the Go Gold application!


Be realistic, especially when it comes to time and money. Each project is different so there are no guidelines on how long to allot for project completion or how much money to raise for a project. Just remember, though, that high school is a busy time and girls tend to have a lot on their plates including Girl Scouts! Time is most often cited as the most challenging aspect when earning the Gold Award.