The Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in Girl Scouting. It takes a lot of effort, thought, and leadership to complete the award. Each Gold Project has to meet requirements and follow a step by step guide to qualify for Gold Award. For more information and how to apply visit the link below.
The seven steps to Gold Award:
Identify an issue.
Use your values and skills to choose a community issue that you care about.
Investigate it thoroughly.
Use your sleuthing skills to learn everything you can about the issue you’ve identified.
Get help and build your team.
Form a team to support your efforts and help you Take Action.
Create a plan.
Identify the root cause of an issue, and then create a plan to tackle it.
Present your plan and gather feedback.
Submit your Project Proposal Form to your Girl Scout council for approval.
Lead your team and carry out your plan.
Educate and inspire.
Tell your story and share your results.
Each girl works countless hours to complete each step. She first chooses an issue in the community/world that matters to her. Then the girl has to brainstorm different ideas for a project that would address the issue she chose. After she has chosen a project the girl, with the help of her project adviser and council mentor assigned to her, writes up her Project Proposal and sends it in to council. Before the proposal can be approved she has to go in for an interview with council. Once the proposal is approved, she can then move forward with her project.
Once the project is complete, the girl works with her council mentor and project adviser to do her “Final Write Up” and “Final Presentation”. Then the girl has to send her “Final Write Up” in to council. When council gives her the “green light” she can go in to do her “Final Presentation” and will finally have earned her Gold Award after approval.
There are many opportunities that open up to a girl that earned her Gold Award. Including scholarships, jobs, and much more. Overall, the girl does walk away from her project knowing she made a difference and helped the community and world.