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Coronavirus Update: The deadline for GSNorCal's 2020 Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Girl Scouts is now September 30, 2021.

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Gold Award

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Gold Award Deadline Extension

The Gold Award extension applies to Girl Scout Ambassadors who were in 12th grade on March 31, 2020 and will bridge to the next program level (Adult Girl Scouts) on September 30, 2020.

For 12th grade girls whose Gold Award projects were underway during the development of COVID-19, the deadline to complete their project and submit the Final Report is extended to September 30, 2021.

To complete the Gold Award, girls should submit the Final Report to council for final approval no later than September 30, 2021.

Gold Award girls currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grade will not receive an extension, as they will still have an additional one to three years to complete their projects.  Girls may still submit project proposals to be reviewed by the Gold Award Committee during shelter-in-place.  Please note that to gain approval to start work, girls need to submit a complete proposal to GSNorCal through GoGold Online that meets all Gold Award requirements, demonstrates that their plan is accepted by any groups they are working with, and is actionable.  If girls wish to start work during shelter-in-place, they should be both realistic and very specific describing what they plan to do during shelter-in-place versus after.

Reward Card Conversions for the Gold Award will still be available throughout this extension. Troop leaders and girls, please remember that all money for awards must be processed through the troop, and it must be agreed with the troop ahead of time how much money is earmarked for award projects. Once decided, money set aside or earned for awards may not be spent another way.

We recognize that after 12th graders graduate from high school, they will be on to their next chapter—whether that is work, school, service, travel, or something else. It is up to the Girl Scouts in this position to decide if utilizing this deadline extension or a portion of it is the right choice for them.  For those who will be moving, it will be important to think critically and work with their Committee Coordinator/council about the specifics of their projects as they pertain to their original communities and/or their new setting.  For this reason, we encourage Gold Award girls especially to think creatively about how they can continue to work on their projects during this time, and use their resources wisely to adjust their plans in relevant ways.


Passionate about an issue and want to make a difference—in a big way? The Girl Scout Gold Award is for you! Open to Girl Scout Seniors (grades 9–10) and Ambassadors (grades 11–12), this is the most prestigious award in Girl Scouts.

This award is difficult to earn, but once you’ve earned it, your rate for success in life and your ability to reach any goal will soar. Colleges, employers, your peers, and your community will see that you have what it takes to get big things done!

Steps to Become a Gold Award Girl Scout

  1. Complete your Silver Award and 1 Senior/Ambassador Journey - OR - 2 Senior/Ambassador Journeys (including the Take Action Projects) to hone the skills you’ll need to earn your Gold Award.
  2. Complete your Gold Award online training with your troop or individually with an adult, no more than six months before submitting your project proposal—this way, all the information is fresh!
  3. Brainstorm to identify an issue you care about—then investigate it thoroughly.
  4. Build your team and find a project advisor.
  5. Create a plan and complete your Gold Award Project Proposal through Go Gold Online and attach your timeline and budget proposal documents.
  6. Our Highest Awards Committee will review your proposal, provide feedback, and work with you to improve your plan.
  7. Once your project is approved, take action to carry out your project!
  8. Reflect on your hard work and turn in your complete your Gold Award Final Report through Go Gold Online for review and approval to officially receive your Girl Scout Gold Award.
  9. Reflect, share your story, and celebrate your work!

Earning the Girl Scout Gold Award involves the time to complete a Journey/Silver Award (step 1), and then a suggested minimum of 80 hours to complete steps 2-9.

Council Approval

Girl Scouts of Northern California's approval is needed prior to beginning your project. Girls wishing to do their Gold Award and who are in twelfth grade need to submit their proposals by May 1 of their graduation year to ensure timely processing and approval of projects before they begin.

Money-Earning for Your Project

If you will be earning more than $100 for your project, be sure to complete the Money-Earning Project Approval Form (PDF). You can find more information on money-earning for Gold Award projects in your award guidelines.

Finding Support

Learn more about Gold Award scholarships, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold from Girl Scouts of the USA. Still have questions? Contact us!

Gold Award Resources

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Did you know? Every year, GSUSA selects 10 Gold Award Girl Scouts to be National Gold Award Girl Scouts, representing the best-of-the-best Gold Award projects—GSNorCal has had someone from our Council selected for this honor in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018! Will you be next?