Change the world, Girl Scout
Gold Award Girl Scouts are rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes. How do they do it? By using everything they’ve learned as a Girl Scout to solve a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world.
Plus? Nothing beats that feeling of seeing real, lasting, and sustainable change and knowing it was you who made it happen. It changes the way you see your place in the world—and how the world sees you.
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. You will create a project proposal for preapproval from the Highest Awards Review Committee. 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!
Your project should make a difference and have a lasting impact! The following projects will no longer be approved:
- Little Free Libraries
- Blessing Boxes or other projects that ONLY focus on donation drives and the collection of items
- Pollinator gardens (Education projects about conservation topics are encouraged but creating a garden or habitat without education or sustainability will not be approved)
- Fundraising projects for other organizations
- Buddy Benches (collection of materials and construction of benches)
- Projects that take place on council or camp properties