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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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

Get Inspired!

Meet GSOSW's 2019 Gold Award Girl Scouts and discover how their projects made a lasting difference in our community and beyond.

Check out Girl Scouts of the USA's YouTube Channel to meet the 2020 National Gold Award Girl Scouts. Find out how they earned the top honor in Girl Scouting & their share of $200,000 in scholarships that go along with it.

Did you know? Gold Award Girl Scouts are elligible for a variety of scholarships from GSOSW and other institutions. Learn more!

Important Dates

Gold Award Interviews
All Girl Scout Gold Awards must be approved via an interview process with 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 

2020 High School Graduates 
Final Reports Due (recommended): September 23, 2020
Final Interview by September 30, 2020. 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: March 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.

All reports submitted by May 1, 2020 will be recognized at the 2020 ceremony on June 20, 2020.

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