Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Girl Scout Gold Award


On Sunday, June 8, Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast hosted a celebration at Norfolk State University for 40 local young women who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award during the past year. The Gold Award is the highest honor and achievement a girl can earn in Girl Scouting.

Kirsten Talken-Spaulding, superintendent of Fort Monroe National Monument, was the guest speaker for the celebration. Talken-Spaulding, who was honored by Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast as a Famous Former Girl Scout last year, is a Girl Scout alumna and a former recipient of the Gold Award. During her keynote address, she spoke to the girls about the impact of their accomplishments and the importance of understanding the traits of good leadership.

The girls also received congratulations from Pam Northam, wife of Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam; Denise Goode, Hampton Roads regional director for U.S. Senator Mark Warner; Shannon Kendrick, congressional district director for U.S. Representative Scott Rigell; Dottie Holtz, member of the Virginia Beach School Board; and David Hord and Don Coons from the John A. Lejeune Detachment of the Marine Corps League.

The steps you'll take to earn your Girl Scout Gold Award

  1. Choose an issue: Use your values and skills to identify a community issue you care about.

  2. Investigate: Research everything you can about the issue.

  3. Get help: Invite others to support and take action with you.

  4. Create a plan: Create a project plan that achieves sustainable and measurable impact.

  5. Present your plan and get feedback: Sum up your project plan for your Girl Scout council.

  6. Take action: Take the lead to carry out your plan.

  7. Educate and inspire: Share what you have experienced with others.

Upcoming Girl Scout Gold Award Interview Dates

July 5, 2014 – Peninsula Service Center, Newport News, 10 a.m.

August 7, 2014 – A Place for Girls, 4 p.m.

September 6, 2014 – A Place for Girls, 10 a.m.

To set up an interview, you can send an email to



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2014 Gold Award
Keepsake Book

Gold Award Web App

Girl Scout Gold Award Project Proposal

Girl Scout Gold Award Proposal Checklist

Girl Scout Gold Award Guidelines

Girl Scout Gold Award Final Report

Gold Award Information and FAQ

Girl Scout Gold Award Time Log

Money Earning Activity Request

More information about the
Girl Scout Gold Award 

Gold Award Adult Guide

Watch Go for the Gold video

View video of Rachel Eddowes Gold Award

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