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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. 

Click the image below to learn about Girl Scouts of Oregon and Southwest Washington's 2017-2018 Gold Award Girl Scouts!

You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, 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

Important Dates

Gold Award Interviews
All Girl Scout Gold Awards must be approved via an interview process by GSOSW’s Teen Awards Team. Gold Award interviews are conducted every third Tuesday of the month at our Portland Service Center. Interviews can be conducted over the phone or via video chat if needed. Proposals/Final reports are due by the second Tuesday of the month if you are hoping to interview on the third Tuesday. If a third Tuesday won’t work, or your project is time sensitive, contact Shannon Shea at to coordinate an alternate date. There are two interviews total, one is the proposal interview which occurs at step 5, and second, is the final interview which occurs at step 7 (see below).

Report Due Dates 

2019 High School Graduates 
Final Reports Due (recommended): September 23, 2019
Final Interview by September 30, 2019. Remember that we need time to schedule the interview, so please contact Shannon Shea at at least one week prior to the deadline to schedule an interview time.

National Gold Award Girl Scouts 2020
Final Reports Due: Spring 2020
Reports received after these dates will be eligible for National Gold Award Girl Scouts 2021. 

Council-wide Gold Award Recognition Ceremony 2020
Final Reports Due: May 1, 2020
Reports received after these dates will be recognized at the 2021 ceremony.


Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire