Gold Award

The Gold Award is the most prestigious award a Girl Scout can earn. This award recognizes Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts who Take Action to change our world—or at least their corner of it. Any girl with determination and a positive attitude can achieve this special rank.

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award puts you among an exceptional group of women who have used their knowledge and leadership skills to make a difference in the world—less than 6% of all Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award. With talent, passion and commitment, you too can make changes in your community that will improve the world around you!

Gold Award 1.PNG ​ Lead with Confidence
  • Be an agent of positive change
  • Identify a problem in your community and do something about it
  • Partner with community based organizations to create lasting change
  • Guide your team of volunteers to success
Gold Award 2.PNG Manage your Project
  • Develop professional skills like networking, budgeting and public speaking
  • Adapt to feedback from your team members and the Girl Scouts of Western Washington Gold Award team
  • Improve critical thinking skills to define the root of a problem
  • Set measurable goals and follow through on them
Gold Award 3.PNG Explore your Passions
  • Find the place where your passions intersect with the needs of your community
  • Use the special talents you have—music, arts, athletics—to improve your project
  • Learn new skills that interest you—technology? Video production? Marketing?
  • Shape your project to align with college and career goals
  • Share your story and speak your mind in a creative way

What's New?
Beginning September 2014, the Highest Awards Program is supported in-part by a group of fabulous volunteers—the Highest Awards Review Committee. Via an open application and interview process, teens and adults from across our council were selected for this team. This committee will be meeting once per month throughout the year to review Gold Award Proposals and Final Reports. They’ll also work to streamline processes and provide expanded opportunities to all girls.

Want to Learn More?
There are several great ways to learn more about the Gold Award process.

  • Interactive eLearning Module (15 minutes): This online module gives you a great big-picture view of the Gold Award process.
  • Get Inspired: Check out other Gold Award earners and their projects  on our blog
  • Free Online Orientation (40-60 minutes): If you're thinking about the Gold Award, but want more information, we offer a monthly online orientation. This is open to girls in grade 7 and above, parents, troop leaders, troop advisors and project advisors. Check out upcoming online orientations.
  • In-Person Orientation Workshop (three hours): If you're fully committed and have completed one prerequisite, this workshop is for you! You'll learn how to plan your project, write an effective  proposal, design your Take Action Project and engage the community. This workshop is optional, but strongly recommended! Find a Gold Award Workshop.Resources.jpg

Ready to Go Gold?
If you're ready to earn your Gold Award, you can access all the information you need—project planning tips and required forms— on our Gold Award Resources page.

Just for Volunteers
Do you want to empower girls? We have volunteer positions available for adults interested in facilitating online and in-person workshops. Read the Highest Awards Facilitator position description and apply here!

Questions? Contact us at or (800)767-6845.