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About The Gold Award

The Girl Scout Gold Award has evolved from a long line of Girl Scout leadership awards going back as far as 1919.  The Girl Scout Gold Award was first introduced in 1980, but has been known as the Golden Eaglet, the Curved Bar, and the First Class award throughout Girl Scout history.  The Girl Scout Gold award is the highest award a Girl Scout between 14 and 18 can earn.  Currently between 5-6 percent of eligible Girl Scouts earn the Gold Award annually.  The Gold Award recognizes the work of Girl Scouts who demonstrate leadership culminating in 80 hours or more, dedicated towards a service project that has lasting effects in the community.

Young Women of Distinction

Young Women of Distinction are Gold Award recipients from across the nation who exemplify Girl Scouts. Please watch their videos for example projects. Earning the Gold Award opens up many doors for young women including scholarship opportunities.

The Gold Award Process

The Girl Scout Gold Award represents a girl’s accomplishments in Girl Scouting and her community as she grows and works to improve her life and the lives of others. The conceptual steps include: identifying an issue, investigating it thoroughly, getting help and building a team, creating a plan, presenting your plan, gathering feedback, taking action, and educating and inspiring others. For a direct step by step guide, please see the Step by Step checklist included in the forms below.

For more information, call the Awards Helpline at 312-912-6382, or send an e-mail to

Gold Award Resources

General Information

Prospective Recipient Forms and Resources

Adult forms

Gold Award Trainings are optional (but highly recommended) and will be offered throughout the year.

Recognizing our Gold Award Recipients

Every year, the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana hold a council wide Gold Award Ceremony.  At this ceremony, we recognize all of the Girl Scout who received their Gold Award in the last year.  Recipients, families, the Board of Directors, Staff Members, and prestigious members of the community are invited to recognize the girls and their achievements.