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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.

Do Something Every Day that Changes the World

If you are in grades 9-12, you have the option to begin on your journey towards Gold. The Gold Award is your chance to combine your passions, your previous accomplishments, and your dreams to make the world a better place. Let’s Go Gold!

If you find you have questions while planning or working on your project, shoot us an e-mail at or give us a call at 845.452.1810 ext.229


The Steps:

  • Step 1: If you have already earned your Silver Award, you need to complete one Senior or one Ambassador Journey. If you haven’t earned a Silver Award, you will need to complete two Journeys.
  • Step 2: (Strongly Recommended) – Attend a Going for Gold class. This 60-minute class will walk you through all the rules and guidelines, and answer all your questions about the Gold Award process.
  • Step 3: Decide on an idea and write up a Project Proposal
  • Step 4: Select an Advisor – An adult who is able to give you permission to complete your project at their organization and/or location. He/She is there for support and to answer project-specific questions along the way. An Advisor can be a park ranger, a teacher, a doctor, or a volunteer of your choosing.
  • Step 5: Attend a Committee Meeting – Meetings are held once a month in designated locations throughout the 7 counties. During your committee meeting, you will meet with various Gold Award Mentors and a member of the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson council staff. You will be able to discuss your plans and ideas for your Gold Award project with them. Your mentor will also ensure you are on track in meeting all of the requirements for the Gold Award. Once all of your requirements are met, they will then sign off on your project. You will be assigned a Mentor who you can talk to throughout your project as questions arise.
  • Step 6: Begin working on your project approved by the Gold Award Mentors from your committee meeting. Make sure to keep in touch with your Gold Award Mentor throughout your journey.
  • Step 7: Complete the Project– After completing your project, you’ll need to fill out a Final Report and come back in for a final interview. You’ll meet with the Gold Award Mentors and a GSHH council staff again to showcase all of what you have accomplished.
  • Step 8: Celebrate – In March of each year, all Gold Award recipients are invited to a council-wide Ceremony. You will receive your pin and certificate at this ceremony.


Some Deadlines:

  • The project, including paperwork and exit interview, must be completed by September 30th after you graduate High School.
  • To walk in the annual March Ceremony, paperwork must be turned in by January 1st of that year, and you must attend a January exit interview.
  • To request a committee meeting date, paperwork must be turned in two weeks prior to the requested date.

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Girl Scout Gold Award pin
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


The steps below are provided by GSUSA and are meant to be used as a general guideline for girls across the world interested in pursuing Gold. For specific action steps to ensure your project is approved by Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson, please refer to the step-by-step directions listed above.

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


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