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Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is a national award and a personal challenge that a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador may choose to pursue.

Earning The Girl Scout Gold Award requires a suggested 80 hours of planning and implementing a challenging, large-scale project that is innovative, engages others, and has a lasting impact on its targeted community with an emphasis on sustainability.

Since 1916, the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award, has represented excellence and leadership for girls everywhere!

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 1% of all Girl Scouts earn the Girl Scout Gold Award). With talent, passion, commitment and determination, you, too, can make changes in your community and impact people around the World!

The Girl Scout Gold Award Process

Prerequisites:

  • Have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award as a Girl Scout Cadette and complete one Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journey
OR
  • Complete two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journeys

Upon completion of prerequisites:
  • Attend a Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Workshop
  • Formulate a project plan, recruit a project advisor and complete the Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal paperwork
  • Submit Gold Award Project Proposal to the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Advisory Committee by 1st day of the month.

Upon approval of Girl Scout Gold Award Project:

When your project is approved by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee, you will receive written approval to begin your Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project. At that time you are ready to implement your project.

If you do not receive project approval from the committee prior to beginning your project, the project is inadmissible and project’s final report will not be considered eligible.

Upon completion of your Girl Scout Gold Award Project:
You must submit the Girl Scout Gold Award Final Report by the 1st of the month, to be reviewed in that month. Upon receipt of the Final Report, you will be contacted about setting up a final interview with the Gold Award Committee at the regularly scheduled monthly review session. At that time you will meet with members of the Gold Award Committee who will evaluate your final report. You will present your project to the committee through photos, outcome surveys, journals and other media sources of your choice.

Girl Scout Gold Award Showcase

Gold Award candidates who have received approval of their final report, should plan to attend the Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Gold Award Showcase. At the Showcase, Gold Award candidates display and present their accomplishments to Girl Scout families, younger Girl Scouts, family, friends and leaders of the community. All Gold Award candidates are encouraged to attend this opportunity to inspire the community. The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Showcase is held yearly in March.

Milestones

10-year, 13-year and Graduating Seniors are recognized with a certificate from Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri to document a girl’s commitment to Girl Scouting.

To receive certificates, fill out the Milestones Request form and mail by March 1 to Girl Scout Gold Award Staff Advisor.

Recognition

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri honor Girl Scout Gold Awardees with a special recognition ceremony and reception in June called Reflections. Awardees are presented the Girl Scout Gold Award pin and various certificates of recognition from other organizations.

See the 2014 Girl Scout Gold Awardees

To be recognized at Reflections, the Girl Scout Gold Award Project must be completed and Final Report submitted by March 1 with final approval by March 31 of the ceremony year.

Girls will be recognized at the next year’s ceremony if the final report is received after March 1 or final approval is not granted by March 31.

Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri Girl Scout Gold Award Advisory Committee exists to support Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors through the process of earning their Girl Scout Gold Award.

The committee puts in place the framework and approval process for the award. It is typically comprised of community members, educators, key volunteers and young women who have earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards.

The committee’s role is to ensure that girls’ projects meet the national guidelines.

If you are interested in volunteering for this committee, contact Nicole Dalton, ndalton@girlscoutsem.org