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Gold Award Girl Scouts

Gold Award Girl Scouts are the dreamers and the doers who take “make the world a better place” to the next level. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the mark of the truly remarkable—proof that not only can she make a difference, but that she already has.

Seniors and Ambassadors who earn the Gold Award tackle issues that are dear to them and drive lasting change in their communities and beyond. Think of the Gold Award as a key that can open doors to scholarships, preferred admission tracks for college, and amazing career opportunities.

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.


Here's How to Go Gold

1. Getting Started
  1. Let us know if you are planning to earn your Gold Award by filling out your Girl Award Intent Form!
  2. Review Your Guide to Going Gold.
  3. Attend a Gold Award Workshop.
    • It is highly recommended that you attend a Gold Award Workshop. You can find upcoming workshops listed on our Program Calendar.
    • If you cannot attend a Gold Award workshop, please contact the Gold Award Coordinator to complete a short check for understanding quiz. 
2. Taking Action
  1. Create a GoGold Online account and complete steps 1-5. Refer to these FAQs if you have questions about GoGold Online.
  2. Submit your project proposal. Once you have submitted your project proposal the Gold Award Coordinator will contact you regarding your interview with the Gold Award Committee to present your initial proposal. You must submit your proposal by the last day of the month prior to your interview date.
  3. Post interview adjustments. Be prepared to adjust your proposal as needed after your interview to meet Gold Award requirements.
    • It is highly recommended that you carefully review Your Guide to Going Gold ahead of your proposal to be sure you have met all of the Gold Award criteria.
3. Wrapping Up
  1. Submit your final report. After your proposal is approved, you will be able to complete your project.
    • When it is done, complete steps 6-7 on GoGold Online.
    • You will have a second interview with the Gold Award Committee to present your completed project.
  2. Prepare to be recognized. All final proposals must be completed online by September 30 of the calendar year you are graduating from high school. However, if you wish to participate in the current year Girl Awards ceremony, you must: 
    • Finish your project and submit all required forms to GoGold Online. 
    • Submit your Gold Award Bio by March 15. The Gold Award Coordinator will contact you with requirements for your Gold Award Bio.
    • Complete your final interview by the second Saturday in March of the current year.


Gold Award Essentials

Forms and Resources
Go for the Gold Videos

These videos are an ongoing compilation of peer led videos that will aim at lifting key tips and answers to the Gold Award's greatest questions. 

  1. The Five Elements of a Successful Girl Scout Gold Award
    So, you’ve decided to earn the Gold Award…how do you start off on the right foot? Watch as a group of Gold Award Girl Scouts explains the five things every Gold Award should have in order to make a successful impact: how to identify the root cause of an issue you’re passionate about, how to show leadership and build a team, how to make sure your Gold Award is sustainable and measurable, and how to demonstrate that your issue has a national and/or global link.
  2. How Do I Choose an Issue for my Gold Award?
    If you’ve been wondering how to choose an issue for your Gold Award, the National Gold Award Girl Scouts are here to help. They’ve answered why and how they chose their issue, and suggested ways for you to begin to hone your own.
  3. How Do I Develop a Realistic Gold Award Project?
    Congrats! You’ve selected an issue to tackle for your Gold Award. Your next challenge: transforming your issue into a project that will make a difference in your community and, even the world.
  4. How Do I Find and Engage a Project Advisor?
    A project advisor is a critical member of your Gold Award team. They are an expert in the area of your chosen issue who can provide guidance as you create and execute your project plan. So, how do you find that person? And once you do, how can you involve them in your project?
  5. How Do I Balance a Gold Award Project with School and Extracurriculars?
    The Gold Award is an impressive undertaking, and it IS doable, even with homework and extracurricular activities. Hear how the National Gold Award Girl Scouts managed to make a difference on top of everything else in their lives, from useful tips on how to plan a timeline, to delegating tasks and involving their community.
  6. How Will I Know I’m Ready to Submit My Gold Award Proposal and What Happens Next?
    You’ve selected your Gold Award issue and developed a project plan—but how do you know when you’re ready to submit your proposal? The National Gold Award Girl Scouts have advice for engaging your project advisor, your council’s guidelines, and decision-making strategies before confidently submitting your plan. They’ll also give you a glimpse into what you might expect after you click “submit”. Be sure to check-in with your council to learn more about their proposal review process, which may vary.
  7. What Should I Expect to Learn from Putting My Gold Award Proposal to Action?
    So, your proposal was approved by your council, great! Now, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get started making a positive impact on your community. That may sound daunting, but don’t worry! You already have strong leadership skills honed through Girl Scouting and a supportive network. Hear what the National Gold Award Girl Scouts learned as they began to take action and what surprised them along the way. They’ll also share barriers they faced and how they adjusted their projects to reach their goals.
  8. How Do I Measure and Sustain My Gold Award Impact?
    Your Gold Award must be both measurable and sustainable. You should be able to say: “here is the impact I wanted to make, here’s how I know I made it—and that it will be ongoing.” The National Gold Award Girl Scouts have insight into what that really means. They’ll share their strategies so you’ll feel ready to measure your Gold Award impact and ensure that impact will continue beyond your involvement.
Gold Award Workshops

The first step to completing a Gold Award project is learning what the Gold Award is all about. Gold Award Workshops are scheduled throughout the year and held via Zoom and in person for your convenience. Attendees will learn requirements of the Gold Award, brainstorm, and get all of their questions answered during the Q&A session. See upcoming Gold Award Workshops on our Program Calendar.

If you are unable to attend scheduled workshops, please email us to request a workshop.

Social Media and Your Gold Award

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska supports the efforts of girls pursuing their Gold Award to secure funding via online avenues, such as Facebook and reputable crowd sourcing sites. To that end, the council will co-sponsor Facebook events for girls working on their Gold Award. The council also will promote a Gold Award applicants’ GoFundMe page, or similar effort, with one post on the council’s primary social media platforms. To arrange a social media promotion, please contact Shannon.

Gold Award Committee Members

Our Gold Award Committee members review and approve Girl Scout Gold Award proposals to provide constructive feedback and guidance to Girl Scouts working on their Gold Award. The committee’s goal is to work with each Gold Award applicant to ensure she has a positive experience.

Kristin Ageton

A Beatrice native, I started Girl Scouting in the second grade. I have fond memories of being our town’s “cookie drop off location” (a huge semi-truck unloaded cookies into our garage), and of staying in Indian Village at Camp Catron near Nebraska City, with creeking, wall climbing, and cooking over a campfire. I completed both Silver and Gold Awards, then quickly found a troop to lead once I entered college. Meetings were held in a conference room at my college residence hall, and I spent summers leading camps at Catron. I also led Lincoln Day Camp for two summers. Girl Scouting taught me how to speak, lead, be confident, and work with others. I joined the Gold Award Committee in August 2017.

Now in Lincoln, I oversee the statewide middle school programming at Education Quest Foundation. Prior to that, I was a high school social studies teacher in Omaha. In my free time, I love to do yoga, garden, invest in my own personal growth, and spend time with my husband and two sons – you can find us on the first Saturday of every month at the Home Depot kids building workshop.

Joleen Conway

I participated in Girl Scouts from Brownies to Senior, even earning my Gold Award. My father was military, so Girl Scouts was an option to still socialize at every move. My mother was usually my leader, but I met many friends, some of whom I still know today.

A few years ago, my daughter wanted to join Girl Scouts as a Daisy. She loved it! But when she bridged to Brownies, her leader decided to quit. So, I volunteered with my mom to co-lead her Brownie troop. We survived the year and my daughter still loves the Girl Scouts!

I have owned an in-home preschool/day care for the past 10 years and earned my bachelor’s degree in early childhood education in 1995. I love working with children and enjoy the challenge of engaging with older girls through their pursuit of their Gold Awards. I look forward to learning more about the Gold Award process and hope to be a mentor one day.

Michelle Chambers

Growing up in a military family, I moved quite a lot both inside and outside the United States. The only time I was in Girl Scouts as a girl was in Germany, and I remember going to the mountains for day camp and there were BEARS there! Pretty cool! When my first daughter wanted to be a Girl Scout, I signed her up, and when her leader quit the next year, I signed up and have been a leader ever since! That was 25 years ago, and my five daughters have all been Girl Scouts; all earned their Silver Award and two earned their Gold! I have been a leader for nine troops and have had 10 of my girls earn their Gold Award. 

I love watching young women feel empowered by the planning, dedication, perseverance, and time it takes to complete their awards, and look forward to encouraging YOU as you complete the process. You can do it – and the first step is to APPLY!

Ashley Eisert

I began my Girl Scout journey as a Brownie and graduated from Papillion La Vista South High School as an Ambassador. Today, I am a lifetime member, Honor Troop co-leader, and in April 2019 I completed a three-year term on the Spirit of Nebraska Board of Directors.

Before starting my career in Omaha, I worked as a brand ambassador for Oscar Mayer driving the famous Wienermobile around the United States on a one-year tour! Let me just say, it was a “bun-derful” experience! I earned my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Nebraska Omaha, graduating in 2019. Today, I work at Loup Logistics Company (a subsidiary of Union Pacific), leading a small team of individuals who support our industrial chemicals customers with logistics and data support. I also enjoy the opportunity to give back to others and volunteer. I volunteer for several organizations including Girl Scouts, Susan G. Komen, FITGirl, Inc., First Responders Foundation, and the Women’s Center for Advancement.

In my free time I enjoy the outdoors, hiking, playing board games, traveling, spending time with family and friends, and thrift shopping to look for my next “do-it-yourself” project. A more recent “hobby” I have picked up in the past year is planning a wedding. My fiancée and best friend, Jesse, and I will be getting married in September!

In September 2019, I was humbled by the opportunity to serve on the Gold Award Committee where I have the chance to mentor and support Girl Scouts working to achieve their Gold Awards. As a 2009 Gold Award Recipient, I understand the excitement, commitment, and resources needed to ensure a project has a lasting impact and will provide many “heart hugs” along the way.

Sooky Marks

As a Mullen resident, I have led a Girl Scout troop of some age level since 1982. Since 1985, I have held an annual Girl Scout day camp that is four days long every spring in Mullen. We go to a pasture next to the river and have a great time without electricity, running water, etc. I love it! Some of my many Girl Scout memories include a graduation trip to New York City, hiking in the mountains last year, many ski trips and all the outrageous falls, and a council trip to Ten Sleep Wyoming with a group of girls when the Girl Scouts still owned a camp there. Red dust everywhere, but good memories!

I taught elementary school for 31 years, but I have been retired for two. I stay busy though! I am the TeamMates coordinator for the high school, sponsor our church youth group, and am an emergency edical technician. Our ambulance runs take a minimum of 3 hours; it's quite a commitment. I love to ride horses, go skiing, and hike in the mountains. I have four children and nine grandchildren. The kids and families live in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Washington State, and Grand Island. We all get together once a year in the summer, so we don't forget what each of us looks like!

I have been on the Gold Award Committee since Guiding Star Council existed! Earning your Gold Award is a huge commitment, especially for girls who are in sports, have other activities, and work hard at their summer jobs. I commend the girls that have the stamina to hang in there and get it done. 

Libby McGill Riley

Born and raised in Omaha, I was a Girl Scout Brownie for one year. I absolutely loved my leader and dreamt of returning to Girl Scouts the next year, but when we moved the new school did not offer free Girl Scouts. Without financial assistance, I unfortunately could not participate. As an adult, I rejoined Girl Scouts as a co-leader for my daughter’s troop. In my first Troop, 11 girls, including my daughter Erin, earned the Silver Award, and five, including Erin, the Gold Award. I went on to co-lead my youngest daughter’s troop for 13 years, and my three granddaughters’ troop for eight years.  

Throughout the years, I have also held numerous other positions such as a camp consultant, delegate, service unit manager, product sales manager, and more.   

Personally, I pursued a career as a professional painter, learning a great many “old school” techniques and skills that are now becoming a lost art, and became the first female painter in the Omaha area Painters Union #109. Some years later I became a chemical dependency counselor. Additionally, I have managed our family business for 35 years.  Besides my involvement in Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, I have served on the board of many non-profit organizations including 12 Step House, Francis House, Adult Children of Alcoholics in Omaha, and Koreans for International Adoption, Iowa.

As of January 2020, I continue in roles as a member of the Gold Award Committee, Spirit of Nebraska Program Planning Committee, GSAG volunteer, delegate, SU event coordinator, and the council’s Girl Scout Camp Planning Committee. My husband and I also just taught two different artVenture collaborations. I am now semi-retired, and a part-time student at Bellevue University. 

Ethel Mount

I first joined the Girl Scouts as an adult in 1980. I have volunteered in a variety of positions. I have lived in Lincoln since 1988 and have been proud to tell people that we have no relatives here, "Yes, living in Nebraska was our choice." I have always enjoyed my garden, and since retiring we have traveled more. I also belong to the Lincoln smocking guild.

Maria Reiter

When I was a kid growing up in New York, I always wanted to be a Girl Scout. I remember that my mother had to put my and my sister’s names on a waiting list. Week after week, we would ask mom if she heard anything back. It took a couple of months for my sister and me to start Girl Scouts, and I remember how excited we felt when Mom finally got that call saying there was room for us to join. Now, I feel so fortunate to be part of the Spirit of Nebraska Council. Here, the door is always open, and girls have so many wonderful and exciting opportunities to look forward to as Girl Scouts.

I am a retired United State Air Force officer, have advanced emergency management certification from the state, and worked for several years as an emergency response coordinator. I have served and continue to serve in several different capacities, including troop leader, trainer, event coordinator, delegate, awards committee member, product program warehouse staff volunteer, and Honor Guard coordinator. 

I have so many favorite memories from Girl Scouting activities, but the ones that are the most special are watching my girls challenge themselves – from scuba diving to tree climbing – to watching how they translate their passion into action, like raising awareness on issues they care about and performing acts of kindness through community service – to watching them blossom through national and international travel experiences. I think being able to make a positive difference in the lives of girls and help them realize their potential is what most motivates me.

Rachelle Rice

I am a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and have been a member of the organization since kindergarten as a Daisy. I have earned the Girl Scout Gold, Silver, and Bronze Awards in my time as a Girl Scout. As a girl member, I served as a state council delegate, was a member of GSAG, and attended all of the YWE programs. During my first year at university, I worked at the Omaha office as a Trainee and rotated among many different departments within the council.

Currently, I am a student at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. I am majoring in business administration, concentrating in human resources management and marketing, and secondarily concentrating in management. Also, I am studying as a member of the College of Business Administration Scholars Academy and hold two employment positions on campus

Katie Schueths

A Lincoln native, I have been a Girl Scout since age seven and earned my Gold Award in 2006. For my Gold Award project, I pioneered a two-size shoe exchange program for individuals with polio and foot orthotics. I went to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and have a master of business administration degree. I’ve been on the Spirit of Nebraska Gold Award Committee since 2012. I now own an event production company based in Austin, Texas, and join our meetings by phone each month.


2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts

Meet Spirit of Nebraska's 2022 Gold Award Girl Scouts and be inspired by their Take Action projects.