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 Get Ready To Earn Your Gold!

Prerequisites
Complete two Leadership Journeys (Senior or Ambassador)
OR
Complete the Silver Award and one Leadership Journey (Senior or Ambassador)

Guidelines
Review the Gold Award Girl Guidelines. This document provides the basis for how to come up with ideas, write the proposal and implement your project.

Limited time only!
Limited time only! We’re looking for five to six girls from across the council to participate in a special Gold Award proposal pilot program. We’re testing out a new proposal process, that follows the same guidelines and criteria set by GSUSA, but allows you to express some of your ideas in a new way. If you’re just getting started with your Gold Award proposal, learn more about the Personal Meaning Map pilot and contact goldawards@girlscoutsww.org if you’re interested.

Project Proposal
Click here to download the Proposal Form. Once you have submitted the Proposal Form, reviewing your proposal will take four to five weeks, so please plan to have a projected start date at least six to eight weeks from your date of submission. Within four to five weeks of submission, you will receive written feedback via email. Reviewers may request to meet with you via telephone, as necessary, to discuss project proposal feedback and answer a standard set of questions about your Girl Scout career up until now, your future goals and your leadership experience.

Project Approval
When your project is approved, you will receive official approval to begin your Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project.  At this point, you are ready to implement your project.
Upon project completion, you need to complete and submit the final report. Click here to download the Final Report. Within two to four weeks of submission, you will receive written approval or feedback via email.

Unfortunately, if you do not submit and receive project approval from Girl Scouts of Western Washington prior to beginning your Gold Award Take Action Project, the project is inadmissible and the project’s final report will not be considered eligible. Only very extenuating circumstances may be considered when this basic tenet is not followed. Girl Scouts of the USA designs the national Gold Award program essentials for council implementation and administration. They do not provide direct support to girls or any official approvals for project proposals or final reports.

Celebrate
Girls earning the Girl Scout Gold Award may participate in multiple recognitions, including formal and informal local and council-wide celebrations. Typical recognitions include celebrations planned and organized on your behalf by your troop, service unit, project partners, Girl Scouts of Western Washington, and/or local non-profit and community agencies as well Gold Award recipients.

To request a Gold Award Commendation from a leading official or other important national figure, please click here for our comprehensive list.

GoldAwardees.jpg100 Years of Extraordinary Projects from Extraordinary Girls

As a Gold Award recipient, you're part of an elite group of women. Starting in 1916, the best and brightest undertook projects that improved their communities—and the world. The Golden Eaglet insignia, the highest award in Girl Scouting from 1916 to1939, marked the beginning of a long tradition of recognizing the extraordinary efforts of extraordinary girls. From 1940 to 1963, the Curved Bar Award was the highest honor in Girl Scouting. From 1963 to 1980, the highest award was called First Class. And since 1980, the Gold Award has inspired girls to find the greatness inside themselves and share their ideas and passions with their communities.