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Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl member can earn.  Since 1916, Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) have successfully answered the call to Go Gold! an action that indelibly marks them as accomplished members of their communities and the world.

To get started, read through the Diamonds Gold Award Process and the Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines below.  

For a successful project and experience, check out the Program Calendar for a Gold Award 101 workshop. 

  • The Money-Earning Policies have been updated for Take Action Projects! Contact the Fund Development department at for more information, before you start your project.
  • Submit a Gold Award Proposal/Final Report by the 1st of any month. The Gold Award Committee meets the 2nd Tuesday of that month to review the   Gold Award Applications. Gold Award Candidates should receive feedback by the end of the month in which the proposal was turned in. 

  • It is the girl's responsibility to make sure her paperwork was received by the Highest Awards Coordinator. If you have not received an answer from the Gold Award Committee by the end of the month, contact the Highest Awards Coordinator at (800) 632-6894 or You must receive approval before starting your project. 

  • Your Final Report must be submitted by March 1 of the year to be awarded to receive your award at the Diamonds' Highest Awards Ceremony. 

  • If you are not able to make the Council's Highest Award Ceremony, please turn in your Final Report by May 1 of the membership year the project was completed. Please allow 6-8 weeks for pins and certificates to be ready for pickup.


Gold Award Resources

Diamond Gold Project Process

Gold Girl Guidelines

Gold Guidelines for Adults

Gold Project Timeline

Gold Project Ideas

Gold Project Proposal

Gold Final Report

National Young Woman of Distinction

National Young Woman of Distinction is the designation, and special honor, conferred by GSUSA on ten (10) Girl Scout Gold Award recipients whose final projects demonstrated extraordinary leadership, had a measurable and sustainable impact, and addressed a local challenge that related to a national and/or global issue.  Recipients will receive a $5000 academic scholarship made possible by the Kappa Delta Foundation.  

Any Diamonds Council Gold Award recipient who meets the criteria found in the attached document may apply.  All applications must be submitted to the Diamonds NYWOD Liaison by the stated deadline.  Of the eligible applications received, Council will select up to three (3) to be submitted to GSUSA as nominees for National Young Women of Distinction.

The 2014 National Young Women of Distinction applications are now available.  Any Girl Scout who completed her Gold Award from May 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015 is eligible to apply to the Diamonds Council.  Completed applications and supporting documents should be sent via US Postal Service only and are due to Diamonds National Young Women of Distinction Liaison no later than Monday, March 2, 2015

Mail to:

ATTN: Diamonds National Young Women of Distinction Liaison  
Girl Scouts - Diamonds                               
615 West 29th Street
North Little Rock, AR 72114