The Gold Award is the highest award a Senior Girl Scout can
earn. Many girls, especially those just starting to work on their project,
feel a bit daunted at the task ahead. Often, they wonder what sort of project
they can do to finish their Gold. On this page, I have collected ideas for
different Gold Award projects. However, please remember that guidelines vary
by council, so be sure that whatever project you choose falls within those
guidelines. Some projects may not be acceptable in your council. These are
just suggestions. If you have any suggestions that aren't on this list, send
them to the e-mail address at the bottom of this page. I have only included
ideas on this list that would (as far as I know) be acceptable under my council's
guidelines, which require that the Gold Award project affect a group outside
the Girl Scout community & must have the possibility of being sustainable.
If this does not apply in your council, you may find some very good ideas
on the Silver Award Project page.
Project ideas are divided by areas of interest. Some may
fall under more than one area, but I have included it in only one, in the
interest of space.
Organize a pet food drive for a local animal shelter or
humane society. Post flyers announcing when & where the food can be
dropped off (or will be picked up).
Create awareness of the importance of spaying/neutering pets. Hold a community
awareness day. Invite local veterinarians, animal shelters, pets stores, etc.
to set up booths about proper pet care & the importance of spaying &
neutering pets. Work with local vets to offer discounts to people who agree
to get their pet spayed or neutered.
Organize a community pet show. Work with animal organizations in your area
to advertise the show. Award prizes for various categories, such as most unusual
pet, smallest pet, etc. Also invite individuals & organizations to set
up booths on proper pet care. Award prizes to best booths.
Work with a local hospital to set up a toy room for the
children's ward or the emergency room. Help choose the space, decorate it
& collect toys for the area. Make sure the toys meet safety guidelines.
Try to involve groups such as the hospital auxiliary that would be willing
to keep up the area in the future.
Create an activity kit for children who are hospitalized for long periods.
Include games & activities they can do while in their hospital bed. Make
up a group of the kits & donate to a local hospital.
Have a stuffed animal drive for a local organization. One good use for stuffed
animals is for Policemen to keep in the trunks of their cars. When called
into a situation that involves a child, the stuffed animal can be very soothing,
& also lessen the child's fear of the police officer.
Collect needed items for a local emergency shelter, homeless shelter, or
women's shelter. Work with the shelter to see where their needs are greatest.
Possibilities include toiletries, coats & gloves, or clothes for job interviews.
Organize an Easter egg hunt for children in a disadvantaged community. Ask
area businesses for donations of prizes & gifts. Work with other area
groups to provide Easter dinner baskets to the families of the children.
Work with a local women's shelter of homeless shelter to start a childcare
program for children at the shelter. The program can provide childcare during
certain hours, enabling the parents to go to counseling or seek work.
Research your community's history. Use your new knowledge
to plot a self-guided historical walking tour of your community. You could
do this through the use of a brochure, or through narrated cassettes. Work
with your local tourism department or historical society to make the tour
available to the public.
With the help of your local government, tourism department, and/or local
historical society, plan & carry out a community history festival. Get
older local businesses involved by inviting them to set up booths about their
company's history in the community. Invite older residents to share stories
about their lives & how the community has grown during their lifetime.
Invite local historians, landmarks, & museums to set up booths.
Beautify an area of your community. Plant a butterfly garden, paint a mural,
plant some trees. Choose an area that needs a facelift, & recruit members
of the community to help make it happen.
Work with your local government & police agency to create a crime watch
program in your neighborhood. Train residents in safety & crime awareness
& sponsor self-defense workshops.
Work with your community government to organize an effort
to clean up a polluted area of your community ( a stream, park, etc.) Include
community organizations by asking them for volunteers. Include area businesses
by asking for donations of items to be raffled off to volunteers, or to
sponsor t-shirts for volunteers.
Does your school recycle? If not, start a recycling program at your school.
Put recycling bins in each classroom & the teacher's lounge. Talk to classes
about the importance of recycling. Offer incentives, such as prizes for the
classes who have the least paper thrown into the trash cans. Arrange with
your local disposal company or recycling center to keep the project going.
Educate your community about the danger of chemical pesticides. Post fliers
& offer workshops the teach about environmentally friendly substitutes
Hold a book drive for a local library, nonprofit literacy
group, or children's charity.
Work with a local homeless shelter to start a literacy program for residents.
Involve residents of the shelter who can read in teaching their peers. Collect
books of various reading levels for the shelter to use. Work with a local
literacy program to train volunteer tutors.
Record books on tape for the blind & donate them to your local library.
Start an after school program for at-risk girls. Secure space from you local
school or community group & find adult mentors for the program. Focus
the group on helping at-risk girls stay in school & complete their education.
If your school does not have a student newspaper, start one. Work with your
school to get funding, work space & credit for students who participate.
Hold a day-long self-esteem workshop for abused girls. Invite counselors
& older women who have overcome abuse to speak. Do activities with the
girls to build their self-esteem. Work with a counselor to arrange follow
up activities for the girls.
Organize a volunteer fair in your community. Invite area volunteer organizations
to set up booths to tell people more about their goals & to recruit volunteers.
Make a directory of the organizations for your local Chamber of Commerce or
Welcome Wagon to give to those moving to your area.
Start a community service oriented youth group at your church. Organize
projects for the group to take part in & recruit members for the group.
Establish an entertainment troupe that travels to children's hospitals,
nursing homes, etc. to entertain patients.
Organize a community dinner/gathering for Senior Citizens
in your community. Get donations of food, prizes for drawings, etc. Work
with local community organizations to arrange transportation for those who
need it. Recruit local Girl Scout troops to make centerpieces. Organize
activities for the Seniors to enjoy after eating.
Plan & carry out several holiday & seasonal parties for the residents
of a long-term care facility or community center. Involve other Girl Scout
troops. Have games, songs, & other activities for the residents.