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

Recognizing that many schools, youth activities and community gatherings have been suspended, Girl Scouts of the USA has recommended that all councils extend Highest Awards deadlines to Dec. 31, 2020. Girl Scouts of Ohio’s Heartland has accepted this recommendation and would like to provide additional information on how that impacts the Gold Award. We encourage you to continue with your project and discuss the project digitally with your project advisor and community partners. Please feel free to postpone events as necessary and continue to monitor state and local guidelines.

Gold Award Proposal Forms need to be submitted no later than June 15, 2020. Gold Award Final Reports are due no later than Nov. 15, 2020 to allow time for review by the Highest Awards Review Committee. This extension provides flexibility for Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors, earning the Gold Award. This announcement is particularly relevant for 12th grade Ambassadors who will bridge to the next program age level officially on Sept. 30, 2020 and typically would be no longer eligible to earn the Gold Award. Please understand there will be a large influx of projects at the end of December and it will take up to 30 days for you to receive feedback. If you have questions, please contact

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

So, you want to Go for Gold!

You're in the right spot to learn more. Here's the short and sweet of what you need to know.

First, make sure your pre-reqs are in order. Before you even get to step one, you need to have completed:

  • Either two Senior/Ambassador journeys OR one journey and earned your Silver Award.
  • A Gold Award training, which you can access below.

Before you get started, you might be wondering what Girl Scouts of the USA and GSOH are asking you to do. You’ll be taking the following steps to earn your Gold Award.

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

Need a refresher on the steps? Check out our Take Action Guide!

You're going to focus on long-term solutions to long-term problems, so your project will be sustainable and will continue long after your personal involvement. Once you have a plan, you'll submit a proposal using GSUSA's online portal. The GSOH Highest Awards Review Committee will read it thoroughly and let you know if you're ready to get started. Once you have approval, you'll get to work!

And you won't do any of this alone. Gold Award Girl Scouts are LEADERS, so you'll put together a team of at least five other people, including community partners, who will help you make your vision real. Then you'll spend at least 80 hours working on your project, changing the world. Once you've finished your project (it will keep going, but your initial plan is complete) you'll fill out a final report to let us know exactly what you accomplished! When your final report is approved by GSOH's Highest Awards Review Committee, you've earned the highest award in Girl Scouting!

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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


Congradulations to our 2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts!

Olivia Ave

Kaleidoscope Eyes
Witnessing a family friend struggle after being prescribed opioids inspired Olivia to take action through her project. She educated her peers about the dangers of opioids by writing a comic aimed at teenagers. Olivia writes about a girl who is injured during dance class and a friend gives her medications that were prescribed by her doctor. The comic also includes a boy who has lost someone to the opioid crisis. Olivia’s goal was to educate people, especially teenagers, about addiction and advocate for them to seek help with addiction or any other problem.

Rachel Berk

Upper Arlington Idea Day
To help other teenagers be creative thinkers, Rachel Berk created Upper Arlington Idea Day. During the day-long event, students heard from speakers, participated in brainstorming workshops, practiced yoga and much more. The sessions allowed students to open their minds and think differently and the goal of Rachel’s project was to help teens at Upper Arlington use their passions so they can better their futures. Rachel planned the event with a committee and Upper Arlington High School staff to ensure Idea Day will live on.

Courtney Dodds

Preserving Vintage Clothing
Courtney’s love of photography inspired her to work with the Greenfield Historical Society to photograph, preserve, and catalog their vintage clothing collection, so that it is easier to find a specific piece. She assisted with clothing donations and photographed each piece to include in the inventory system that Courtney developed. This system utilizes a spreadsheet and labels for every piece of clothing, that way items could be identified and located, even when they were stored in preservation. The system Courtney developed will be used to catalog and record clothing donations at the Greenfield Historical Society into the future.

Jillian Gouhin

Teaching about the Brain
Jillian has had a passion for the brain since she was in middle school and she wanted to share her passion with others by teaching a class at her school. She prepared worksheets, lessons and other materials and covered topics ranging from general brain anatomy and function to addiction and trauma. To ensure students retained information, Jillian had students take notes, work in groups, take tests, watch videos and even dissect a sheep’s brain. Jillian also created a binder of lesson plans and materials that will be shared with others who want to teach a similar class.

Aditi Kumari

Street Safety for Children & Teens
Aditi witnessed children in her community act unsafely on the road, and after further investigation, she realized many children don't know specific rules about street safety. To better educate children in her community, she held workshops to teach them lessons about street safety, teenage driving safety, bike safety and more. Workshop attendees were engaged through a combination of presentations, activities, games and discussions. Aditi’s goal is for workshop attendees to use the safety habits in everyday life and to share them with others.

Margaret Lee

Hilliard Darby Food Pantry
After witnessing students impacted by food insecurity at school, Margaret decided to create the Hilliard Darby Food Pantry. On average, it serves 80 students per week and Margaret also expanded the pantry to 14 other schools across the Hilliard district. Margaret worked with Hilliard City Schools to secure grants and donations for the pantry in addition to educating her community about its importance and needs. Her advocacy throughout her community for continued support of the food pantry will make sure the pantry is sustainable for years to come.

Sarah Lipscomb

Safety Town: To Go!
Sarah had started and directed the Bucyrus Safety Town Program for her Girl Scout Silver Award. She realized everything she had learned through years of running the program could help other communities, so she created Safety Town: To Go!, a how-to manual to help other communities start a safety education program. The manual includes curriculum, schedules, songs, activities, lessons, and other resources including community agencies to contact. Safety Town: To Go! ensures children have access to basic traffic, personal, and school safety skills by presenting the information in an effective, age appropriate way.

Emma Lowe

What in Pollination?
Emma’s passion for the environment and the need for pollination in her community, the state, and the country, inspired her project. The Marysville Community planted a pollinator garden in their township to help pollination. Emma educated people in her area by holding informational days where people could learn about the importance of pollination. Emma made a video showing people how they could make their own garden. A sign next to the garden with facts about pollination will help educate Emma’s community for years to come.

Hallie Meadows

"Lettuce" Cook from the Garden
Hallie wanted to share the benefits of proper nutrition with children, so she partnered with a local elementary school to educate students and revitalize empty garden beds. Her volunteer team planted various seeds in the local school's garden space. Hallie developed lesson plans of varying difficulty about harvesting, nutrition and recipes incorporating produce from the garden. Hallie partnered with culinary students from the local career education center to provide a cooking demonstration to students. Hallie’s goal is to show students the ease of having access to fresh produce by having a garden so that they will create one with their families.

Madison Nigh

Awareness and Observation: Two Key Components of Self Defense
Madison wanted young women to learn about topics, such as human trafficking and self-defense, so they can better protect themselves. She spread awareness in her community by speaking to high school and college classes about safety, creating a Facebook page to share information, and conducting an interview with a police officer from a local college. Madison’s goal was for people to use the information she taught them in their day-to-day lives.

Madison Olvey

Leadership and Service Resource Guide
Madison is passionate about serving her community and wanted to share advice with others involved with her school’s Key Club. As the club’s president her senior year, Madison wrote a resource guide for future Key Club officers containing leadership suggestions and information about potential projects. She included planning information about successful past projects and her own research about local charities and volunteer opportunities to inspire future projects. Madison hopes the guide will support future club leaders by making planning projects easier and providing inspiration to engage in new service opportunities.

Georgia Ryan

Dishing out Love: A Heart to Heart Recipe and Tasting Experience
While working at a local food pantry, Georgia noticed healthy food items were not being selected. She wanted to show the clients easy ways to make use of the items, so she created recipe cards with five ingredients or less. Georgia hosted two tasting experiences for clients to try the recipes first-hand. Georgia provided more than 60 slow cookers through community partners to provide clients a healthy way to cook most of the recipes going forward in an effort to simplify healthy eating.   

Eleanor Savors

Everyone Needs a Friend: Reaching Out to Local Refugees and Immigrants
Growing up with some immigrant relatives, Eleanor heard first-hand the difficulties they faced when first coming to the US. She was inspired to work with a local immigrant family to help them develop skills they could use as they adjusted to their new community. Eleanor wrote about her experience in a blog that focused on spreading awareness about the challenges immigrants face and providing resources about organizations that serve them. Besides the lasting relationship she has with the family she helped, Eleanor hopes her blog will continue to educate people.

Aubrey Tillman

Changing Lives One Cake at A Time
Through her project, Aubrey wanted to give parents and children a unique experience to grow the sacred parent-child bond while also teaching kids a hands-on activity so they would have an alternative to electronics. Aubrey held cake decorating classes as a way for parents and children to spend more time together. During the multiple sessions, children gained new skills that they can continue to evolve with their parents. This extra time together allowed parents and children to grow their relationship, which will impact the child into adulthood.

Kaylee Toland

Little Brown Bats and White-nose Syndrome
With her project, Kaylee spread awareness about white-nose syndrome, which has killed millions of bats in North America since 2006. Kaylee held workshops for community members to educate them on the syndrome. She also taught people how to make bat houses, giving bats a safer place to sleep that is free of disease. Kaylee hopes that through her project, people will take the knowledge they learned in the workshop and do what they can to help save bats in Ohio.

Meghan Watters

Keeping Tradition Alive in Grandview
Meghan’s project preserves local history and makes it accessible to her community. Meghan researched, wrote, edited and published a book about the Grandview Cake Walk, a 70-year tradition in Grandview. She conducted more than 30 interviews, reviewed more than 60 years of local newspapers archives, and looked through 70 years of school yearbooks. The book was donated to the City of Grandview Heights, a historical society and the Grandview Band Parent Association, which organizes the event, and it’s also in the Grandview and Upper Arlington libraries. Meghan’s book is also available on Amazon to purchase.