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Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a girl member can earn.  It requires Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors (grades 9-12) to dedicate a minimum of two years to complete all requirements.  With the Girl Scout Leadership Experience as its core, the Girl Scout Gold Award challenges girls to identify issues about which they care deeply and plan and execute a Take Action Project that will leave a lasting impact on the benefiting community. 

Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 9-12) may work towards/earn the Girl Scout Gold Award.

  • Girl Scouts - Diamonds requires girls to submit  the Gold Award Proposal/Application at least four weeks prior to the projected start date of the actual project.  The four week period allows time for review and follow-up as necessary. It is the responsibility of each girl to make sure her application was received by the Council staff advisor.
  • All Gold Award Applications will be reviewed and approved or denied by the Diamonds Gold Award Committee.  Girls should wait for written approval from the committee or Council staff advisor before proceeding with their project.
  • Upon approval of Gold Award project proposal, each girl will be assigned a Gold Award mentor to encourage her along the journey to Gold.
  • Upon completion of project, girls should submit a Gold Award Final Report to Council staff advisor no later than February 15th in order to be recognized at spring ceremonies. It should be the responsibility of each girl to make sure her application was received by the council staff advisor.
Gold Award Resources

Gold Girl Guidelines

Gold Guidelines for Adults

Gold Project Proposal

Gold Final Report

Gold Toolkit for Girls

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, 2012 to March 1, 2014 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 NYWOD Liaison no later than Monday, March 3, 2014. 

Mail to:

National Young Women of Distinction Applications                                 

615 West 29th Street

North Little Rock, AR 72114                           

ATTN: Diamonds NYWOD Liaison