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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.

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:
 
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You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 
 

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You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador
 

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You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey
 

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps
 
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Identify an issue
 

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Investigate your issue thoroughly
 

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Get help and build your team
 

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Create a plan
 

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Present your plan and gather feedback 
 

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Take action
 

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Educate and inspire
 

GSNI Proposal Process
  1. Required Training    Required training is now found on gsLearn for both girls and mentors on gsLearn. For girls to recieve access to gsLearn anyone who is 13 years to 18 years must have parent permission and request access to our training platform.  Please fill out gsLearn Access Request Form  under the tab below.
  2. SUBMIT PROPOSAL
    • Submit your Gold Award proposal online via GoGold online.
      • Proposals are automatically sent to our council, be sure to selcet Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois as your council.
    • Gold Award committee will review your proposal (please submit your proposal at least a month before you wish to begin).
  3. YOU WILL BE CONTACTED TO SCHEDULE A PROJECT PROPOSAL INTERVIEW
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GSNI Final Report Process
  1. REVIEW
    • Review your final report with your Gold Award Project Advisor before submitting via Go Gold online.
  2. SUBMIT FINAL REPORT
    • Final reports are automatically sent to our council.
    • Gold Award Committee will review your final report.
  3. AFTER REVIEW
    • Once reviewed by our committee, the council will reach out regarding the approval of your project. 
GSNI Resources for Gold Award Information

IMPORTANT DEADLINES

A Girl Scout has until September 30th of the year she graduates high school to complete her Gold Award. For example, if a girl graduates in May/June 2022, she has until September 30, 2022 to complete her project. Completing a project means submitting her final report through GoGold online and then having our Gold Award Committee review it.

To participate in the Gold Award recognition at GSNI’s Annual Recognition Event, Gold Awards must be completed by March 15  so that the council can submit girls' names to GSUSA for certificates, letters of congratulations and more. Projects are considered "completed" when the final report has been submitted via GoGold online and the Gold Award committee has reviewed and approved the project. The Girl Scout will receive official notification from the council that her Gold Award is complete.

Girls who do not complete their Gold Award by March 15 will be included in the following year's ceremony.

NOTE! Girl Scout Ambassadors in the senior year of high school must submit project proposals by June 1st of the year they graduate to eligible to earn the Gold Award. Any submissions made less than 4 months in advance on the September 30th deadline will not be reviewed.