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Girl Scout Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors can earn. Since 1916, Girl Scout’s highest award has stood for excellence and leadership. When you earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, you will design, plan and lead a Take Action project that will make a lasting change for the better in your community and beyond. 


Girls who earn the Girl Scout Gold Award are eligible for a variety of scholarships at various universities or organizations. Branches of the United States Armed Services offer Gold Award recipients the opportunity to enter the military at a higher pay-scale rank.

Before starting on the Gold Award, you must complete a Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journey  or have earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed one Senior or Ambassador Leadership Journey.  After you have fulfilled the leadership journey(s) requirement, you will begin the steps toward your Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project. This includes identifying an issue you truly care about, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action and educating and inspiring others.  There is a minimum requirement of 80 hours for completion of these seven steps.

Gold Award Workbook  

 The guidelines for earning the Gold Award are in the Gold Award Workbook. Girls working on their Gold Award will submit a proposal application to their Regional Gold Award Committee. Upon receiving and reviewing the proposal, the committee will set-up a time for the girls to present their idea to the committee. Once approved, girls can complete their Take Action Project.  Upon completion of the Award steps, girls need to submit the Gold Award Final Report and evaluation to the regional committee for approval. Gold Awardees will be recognized on a regional level. 

Gold Award Workbook​


2013 Girl Scout Gold Award Recipients


We congratulate the 31 Girl Scout Gold Award recipients from Girl Scouts of Western Ohio! Below are group pictures taken at each regional ceremony. The recipients and their project titles are identified below their picture, in left to right order. 



Bernadette Reamer, Student to Student−Recycled School Supplies; Alyssa Tomcho, Operation Self Worth: A Self-Esteem Workshop for Girls; Krista Weidner, Hope Community Faith Garden; and April Michaelis, Picnic Tables for the Fair.



Christina Howe, Bagging Up Crime; Sydney Karhoff, Children Fire Safety and Prevention: Live with It! and Lydia Felty, Adopt a Shelf.



First row: Diana Harvey, BHS German Club; Barbara Kiddon, Find It, Read It, Share It; Kaitlyn Apple, ComeUnity: A Community Collaboration; Lauren Saxe, ComeUnity: Bringing People Together Through Art; Caroline Tinsley, A.B.C. (Animal Biology Camp); and Kaitlyn Lare, (Animal Biology Camp).
Second row: Jasmine Prince, Find It, Read It, Share It; Rachel Barnes, True colors of America; Megan Woolf, 50 for 50: Alumni Assists; Christine Stapleton, Rise above the Words; and Leah Simon, Girl Scouts Take Action.


First row: Madison Hartshorn, Bee Educated; Meghan Tegtmeier, The Well Fair; Lauren Crall, Loveland High School Alumni Veterans Display; Kristen Bisig, The Centennial Garden;  and Stacey Marshall, Going for the Gold Family Fun Day.
Second row: Jessica Wells, St. Leon’s Park Promotion; Jeanette Gourley, Golden Canopy; Kristy Martini, Community Rosary Garden; Tyler Poirier, Bellevue Book Nook; and Cassidy Duckett, YWCA Empowering Women in Transition.
Those not pictured: Stephanie Allaire, Chords for a Cause; Catherine Elsaesser, Voices: Hearing Girls’ Stories; and Clara Young, Discovery Central.