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Gold Award Girl Scouts: Issues of the world, meet your match.

Gold Award Girl Scouts

Issues of the world, meet your match. 

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Girl Scout can earn. Once achieved, it shows colleges, employers, and your community that you’re out there changing the world.

Join a century of women who have done big things. Learn about scholarships for Gold Award Girl Scouts, the history of the Gold Award, and the benefits of going Gold. 

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You can pursue your Girl Scout Gold Award if:

You're in high school (ninth through twelfth grade, or equivalent) 


You're registered as a Girl Scout Senior or Girl Scout Ambassador


You have completed two Senior or Ambassador Journeys OR earned the Girl Scout Silver Award and completed a Journey

Girl Scout Gold Award Steps

Identify an issue


Investigate your issue thoroughly


Get help and build your team


Create a plan


Present your plan and gather feedback 


Take action


Educate and inspire

GSUSA COVID-19 Highest Awards Guidelines on Project Extensions
GSUSA is offering a special deadline extension to December 31, 2020 and will continue to re-assess over the next few months:

  • Girl Scouts is offering a three-month deadline extension from September 30 to December 31, 2020, for Girl Scouts who are graduating from 5th grade (Juniors who seek to earn the Bronze Award), 8th grade (Cadettes who seek to earn the Silver Award), and 12th grade (Ambassadors who seek to earn the Gold Award) this year. These Girl Scouts will bridge to the next program level officially on October 1, 2020 and, without this extension, they would be no longer be eligible to earn the Bronze, Silver, or Gold Award, respectively.
  • Girl Scouts should have a project identified, a plan in place, and be ready to take action no later than September 30, 2020 Given that each council handles highest award project tracking, approvals, and recognitions differently, Girl Scouts should follow local council guidelines and procedures.
  • GSHNC guideline for 12th grade Ambassador Gold Award projects: Project proposals must be approved by the Gold Award Committee before September 30, 2020 in order to use the deadline extension.
  • Graduating 12th grade Ambassadors should plan to have an adult membership in order to use the extension. 
Congratulations 2019-2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts!
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Congratulations to all of our 2019-2020 Gold Award Girl Scouts! To see all of our 2020 Award Recipients, including our Silver Award Girl Scouts and the Scholarship Recipients, please see our 2020 Award listing here.

Isabella Ackermann

Troop 1010, Meck 19

Isabella’s project, A.C.T. – Appreciating Creative Teens, helps teen artists develop confidence and respect, while raising awareness and recognition for their creative contributions. A.C.T. is a way for teen artists to display their work in an art gallery environment, and provide young artists a forum to learn how to present, critic, market and understand the business side of art.

Abby Barley

Troop 3434, Meck 19

Abby’s project, The Exceptional Theatre Program, focuses on creating additional accessibility in the theatre community for those with disabilities. Her project developed plays written for those with disabilities to give them entry to participation, and developed learning materials on theatre terms and ideas for those who had no familiarity, keeping in mind making the materials accessible to those with disabilities. 

Ansley Blomberg

Troop 54, York 2

Ansley’s project, Dignity for Days, addresses the lack of affordable feminine hygiene care in cities like Kampala, Uganda. Her goal was to create an affordable, reusable, and washable pad to be able to provide to women and school girls in Uganda. These pads also come with an educational packet that explains periods, how to track them, and helps girls not feel ashamed about natural bleeding.  

Bethany Buckland

Troop 232, Cab 2

Bethany’s project, Caring Crochet, helps to develop handmade items for babies in the NICU. She created a website with free crochet patterns for baby hats, blankets, octopi, etc., as well as examples of completed items. She also developed awareness posters and partnered with a local hospital to help raise awareness.

Anne Devine

Troop 2382, Meck 4

Anne’s project, Uniforms, looks to address the lack of clothing and uniforms available for underprivileged youth. Anne raised money and helped get a uniform section added to the Christmas Store, where each family that signed up for the store would receive an outfit for their child for the school year.

Lauren Dunlap

Troop 3434, Meck 19

Lauren’s project, Arrive, Survive, Thrive, Re-Image, helps refugees in the Charlotte community get access to technology. By partnering with E2D and Refugee Support Services (RSS), Lauren helped get donated to the RSS and refurbished by E2D distributed to refugees who needed them to help them attain self-sufficiency by providing a resource to enable them to apply for jobs, open bank accounts, do taxes, communicate with family, and more.

Blakely Durham

Troop 1335, Meck 19

Blakely’s project, Living Sustainably: The Crafty Conservationist Way, addresses the global environmental crisis by encouraging others to make changes to their lifestyles to promote sustainability. Blakey created a class to help bring awareness to global issues and teaches attendees about the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, and recycle. The class also teaches about littering, including the largely unknown dangers of balloon releases.

Ainsley Francis

Troop 63, Trailblazers

Ainsley’s project, The Creation Station: Art on the Go!, helped bring an art program to patients at the Jeff Gordon Children’s Center as part of Atrium Health Levine Children’s Hospital. Activities in the program were geared to help patients feel more secure at “at home,” while also benefiting the staff at the center. All activities came accompanied with instructions that were easy to follow along and is constantly stored in the playroom of the center to help all patients access.

Mykala Hamilton

Troop 699, Meck 4

Mykala’s project, The Center of Hope, helped get additional donations and resources for the women and children’s shelter of the same name. By reaching out to local retailers, Mykala got necessities donated to the shelter including toothpaste, toothbrushes, pillows, sheets, washcloths, towels, and soap, and created a pamphlet to help raise awareness about the needs at the shelter.

Ashlee Hand

Troop 2873, Meck 12

Ashlee’s project, Undergarments for the Underprivileged, helps bring often overlooked necessities to those without housing in our community. Specifically, Ashlee identified a lack in accessibility for new undergarments, including socks, underwear, t-shirts and bras, for this subsection of our population. In addition to generating hundreds of donations, Ashlee also raised awareness for this issue to help continue the positive impact of her project.

Ellie Hunniford

Troop 1335, Meck 19

Ellie’s project, Expressive Arts: A Healthy Way for Kids and Teens to Relieve Stress, developed activities to help kids and teens cope with stress through art. Ellie worked with an expressive arts therapist to help develop the projects and create lesson plans for each. She then partnered with The Relative to go deliver the projects to groups of youths to get feedback on the effectiveness. After, she created lesson plans for all activities to give to The Relative so they could continue providing the activities to kids and teens.

Jo Jackley

Troop 87, York 2

Johanna’s project, Clubgami, helps create a safe, open environment that provides a reward for positive behavior in schools. As schools reach capacity, it can be challenging for teachers to address behavioral issues on a one-on-one basis with students. Through Clubgami, students not only learned origami, but teachers were able to spend more time with students to help improve their behavior from disruptive on a daily basis to little to no disruptions. 

Allyson Jaynes

Troop 232, Cab 2

Allyson’s project, Greenhouse for Aquaponics Expansion, helps address food insecurity in the community by providing more space and flexibility to expand an existing aquaponics program at Hickory Grove Christian School. By creating a 200 square foot greenhouse extension where more food can be planted, grown, and harvested, she was able to help create ability to provide weekly food donations to Charlotte’s local food banks.

Allyson Johnson

Troop 232, Cab 2

Allyson’s project, Helping Kids with the Lost Art of Sewing, taught children how to sew by developing a series of sewing classes. Items created by the children who took the sewing class were donated to Levine Children’s Hospital, and the patterns used in the classes were shared with other hospitals to help share them more widely. 

Anna Kunz

Troop 1060, Meck 1

Anna’s project, Children’s Hope Alliance Garden, aimed to give foster children a place to feel connected to. Anna organized donations, created a garden, and developed a Garden Club curriculum for Children’s Hope Alliance to help not only beautify the campus but give the foster children that Children’s Hope Alliance supports a place to connect and put energy into something positive. 

Alexandra Lostetter

Indies, Meck 12

Alexandra’s project, Girl Code, helped introduce the basic concepts of computer science to girls who otherwise had no opportunity to explore the field. Alexandra hosted coding events, surveying attendees before and after to see how much they felt they learned. She continued to track skills participants learned, and set up Girl Code as a school club to help students continue to develop interest in computer science.

Brooke Masi

Troop 79, Meck 19

Brooke’s project, Freedom Arts Worshops, focuses on broadening the art exposure of children in third to fifth grades, aiming at helping them develop motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and creativity. Children at the Freedom School were broken into small groups and participated in either singing, dancing or acting workshops to help increase their arts education and help develop reading capabilities through play scripts, music, and dance, as opposed to traditional passages.

Erin McCollum

Troop 79, Meck 19

Erin’s project, Wing Haven Garden Tree Walk, aims to help educate the public on the importance of trees. Partnering with Wing Haven, Erin developed tree education notecards about 10 of the major tree types at the Wing Haven gardens and plotted the trees into online software to help Wing Haven transfer the data into their own maps. She also led workshops at the gardens to help educate others, and developed learning supplements for children to help develop a love of trees and nature at an early age.

Annie McGowan

Troop 396, York 2

Annie’s project, Manipulatives for the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, NC, aims to make art museums less intimidating for children to encourage the start of a lifelong love of art. Annie created manipulatives for docents (volunteers) at the Mint Museum to use during tours to help children learn tactilely, auditorily, visually and kinetically, aiming to increase the children’s enthusiasm toward art and reinforce fine art principles they may have learned in school art classes.

Mia Mcguire

Troop 1025, Meck 19

Mia’s project, Share My Sport, looks to help children who may not participate in club sports or team building activities due to cost barriers get involved. Mia developed a program through the YMCA to help children participate in lacrosse for the season, and developed a website linked to the Freedom School to help give other teenagers the resources necessary to sign up each summer to share their sport with children. 

Elle Miller

Troop 3434, Meck 19

Elle’s project, The Bird Blind at Wing Haven Gardens, helps address the declining population of songbirds due to urbanization and raise awareness among a younger audience. Elle created a bird blind, a bird feeder situated behind a wall with peep holes in it so birds will come up to the feeder without knowing someone is watching them from behind the wall, to help younger audiences at the Wing Haven Gardens bird sanctuary see these birds up close and learn more about them, and a take home pamphlet with more information and instructions on how to make a birdhouse at home.

Emily Parker

Troop 3795, Meck 1

Emily’s project, Donate Life Teen Outreach, looks to help educate teens about organ donation, who may otherwise be surprised when they get their first driver’s license and are asked at the DMV if they’d like to be an organ donor. To help with this, Emily developed booths and registration drives to educate teens about organ donation, and provided a detailed plan with other teens in case they wanted to hold their own informational sessions, as well. This detailed plan is also now available through Donate Life NC.

Maggie Porter

Troop 3197, Meck 19

Margaret’s project, ProjectVet, helps address iniquities in the care of Veterans and mental health. Using cards, care packages, and posters, the goal of ProjectVet is to have a positive impact on the mental health of active duty service members and veterans in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. Maggie’s goal was also to begin the conversation about mental health to help remove stigma around it. Through donations and grant money, ProjectVet has been able to provide donations to homeless veterans, send care packages to Afghanistan, and more.

Camden Reimers

Troop 1088, Meck 7

Camden’s project, SOS (Save Our Seas), addresses the impact of plastic waste on the environment, specifically in the oceans. Camden noticed that her school’s classrooms didn’t have recycle bins, and learned that her school is not included in the CMS recycling program because charter schools are grouped with private schools and are responsible for creating, funding and maintaining their own programs. She then created a plan for a recycling program at her school and was able to launch it. 

Bailey Rochester

Troop 140, Union 1

Bailey’s project, Lulu’s No-no’s, helps raise awareness for dangerous activities that can harm birds and ducks. Bailey created a book to help educate parents and children about the dangerous activities that many people don’t realize are bad for birds, including feeding them bread and releasing balloons. Bailey printed copies of the book and distributed them to rescue groups in Wilmington, NC and Greenville, SC and the Carolina Waterfowl Rescue so that they can use it as an educational tool. 

Elizabeth Rodden

Troop 79, Meck 19

Elizabeth’s project, Healthy Habits Day, helps provide education around healthy living, nutrition, and other healthy habits to children and families by educating visitors at Discovery Place Science. Elizabeth held an event called Healthy Habits Day at the museum, full of activities to help educate attendees. The activities Elizabeth created for the event can also be reused at the Explore More Me lab in the museum, allowing volunteers to continue to educate the public about important healthy habits.

Carrie-Anne Rogers

Troop 1010, Meck 19

Carrie-Anne’s project, Kindness Through Literacy, looks to inspire a love of books in children at school through books with themes of kindness. Through donations, Carrie-Anne was able to collect more than 500 books for Bethlehem Elementary School. After dropping off the books in boxes at the school that came with 2 copies of the books and worksheets to accompany them, Carrie-Anne received feedback from teachers that students were excited to receive the new books and teachers appreciated the supplement to their literary curriculum that came with the worksheets.

Meredith Sheridan

Troop 334, Cab 2

Meredith’s project, Fostering Awareness for Cabarrus County Foster Care Program, helps to resolve issues the Department of Human Services faces while placing children during the average business day. When a child is pulled out of classes and homes, they must stay with the social worker all day until a home is found for them. Meredith developed a room at the DHS facility where these children could be placed during the day, filled with books, games, a television, etc., to help them feel more comfortable and help them work on school work, writing, and development while they waited.

Ramsey Shirley

Indie, Cab 2

Ramsey’s project, Hands-Only for Harrisburg, brought a free Hands-Only CPR class to her community to help equip bystanders with the skills needed to save a life. Many people do not know how to perform Hands-Only CPR, and cardiac arrest victims often suffer devastating consequences due to this. By working with the Harrisburg Fire Department, Ramsey was able to coordinate classes to teach citizens proper hand placement for chest compressions, the correct rate and depth, how to take charge by telling others to call 911, how to use an AED, and more. 

Molly Sly

Troop 3253, Pacesetters

Molly’s project, Haiti Smiles, addresses the lack of available dental care supplies in Haiti. Haitian school girls often do not have access to basic dental care to have proper oral care and keep their teeth clean. In rural areas of Haiti, there is no dentistry, so many do not get the resources they need for the upkeep of their oral care. Molly developed dental kits containing everything you would typically get after a dental cleaning, bringing a dentist visit to them all in one bag. Through donations and volunteers, Molly was able to collect enough dental supplies to make kits and had assistance in creating them.  

Alyssa Tauro

Troop 1099, Union 3

Alyssa’s project, Technology for Seniors, helps seniors learn how to use technology and social media so that they can stay connected with friends and family. She developed a plan for seniors in assisted living and independent living facilities that included presentations and live demonstrations to help them learn how to use apps and technology. One lesson was geared toward common issues they faced to help them troubleshoot these problems. Alyssa also developed a website to host her presentations to make them easily accessible to seniors and care facilities worldwide.

Kayla Upshaw

Troop 740, Pacesetters

Kayla’s project, Educating the Community While Promoting Data Literacy, raises awareness for free or low rental resources available at the CMS library. Kayla filmed PSA videos about available resources at the library and shared them via YouTube and social media, and created a presentation about the resources available to present to middle school classes. Because the videos are available online, Kayla was also able to connect with viewers nationwide, one of whom even reached out to her local library to see if they could get a similar resource to one available to our area that wasn’t available at her library. 

Jamille Whitlow

Troop 740, Pacesetters

Jamille’s project, Data Discovery Program, increased student exposure to coding and STEM related activities in schools. Jamille found that there was a scarcity of computer science and coding programming in public schools, and wanted to help expose students to different career options and opportunities. By putting coding and STEM in front of students through presentations and workshops, she helped them get excited about potential career opportunities ahead of them. She also developed a brochure with helpful resources to help students who want to learn more about coding and STEM. 

GSHNC Gold Award Trainings and Resources

To learn more, please listen to our webinar training or visit our calendar for in-person trainings.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarships Opportunities!
Girl Scouts, Hornets’ Nest Council is pleased to provide scholarships to current high school seniors attending college next fall. Please review the listing of scholarships and the requirements for each.

The online application for 2021 scholarships will be available this fall. 

For more information regarding scholarships, please contact or (704)731-6500.