Girl Scout Gold Award Steps and Standards of Excellence
Girl Scout Gold Award Steps Standards of Excellence
1. Choose an Issue: Use your values and skills to
identify a community issue you care about.
• Live the Girl Scout Promise and Law.
• Demonstrate civic responsibility.
2. Investigate: Research everything you can
about the issue.
• Use a variety of sources: interview people, read books and articles,
ﬁnd professional organizations online. Remember to evaluate each
source’s reliability and accuracy.
• Demonstrate courage as you investigate your issue, knowing that
what you learn may challenge your own and others; beliefs.
• Identify national and/or global links to your community issue.
3. Get help: Invite others to support and take
action with you.
• Seek out and recognize the value of the skills and strengths of others.
• Respect different points of view and ways of working.
• Build a team and recruit a project advisor who will bring special
skills to your Take Action project.
4. Create a plan: Create a project plan that
achieves sustainable and measurable impact.
• Lead the planning of your Take Action project.
• Work collaboratively to develop a plan for your project that creates
5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum
up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.
• Submit a project proposal to your council that is concise,
comprehensive and clear.
• Describe your plan including the Girl Scout Leadership Outcomes
you want to achieve and the impact you plan to make on yourself
and the community.
• Articulate your issue clearly and explain why it matters to you.
• Accept constructive suggestions that will help reﬁne your project.
6. Take Action: Take the lead to carry out
• Take action to address the root cause of an issue, so that your
solution has measurable and sustainable impact.
• Actively seek partnerships to achieve greater community
participation and impact for your Take Action project.
• Challenge yourself to try different ways to solve problems.
• Use resources wisely.
• Speak out and act on behalf of yourself and others.
7. Educate and inspire: Share what you have
experienced with others.
• Reﬂect on what you have learned when you present your Girl Scout
Gold Award Final Report to your council.
• Summarize the effectiveness of your project and the impact it has
had on you and your community.
• Share the project beyond your local community and inspire others
to take action in their own communities.