We have an exciting year ahead! Throughout 2016, we will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouting’s top award, the Girl Scout Gold Award.
Across our Movement and over the years, millions of alumnae have earned the Golden Eagle of Merit, the Golden Eaglet, the Curved Bar, First Class and the Gold Award.
Over one hundred of our girl members are currently working to attain the Girl Scout Gold Award. During this centennial year, we will focus on the many benefits of earning the Girl Scout Gold Award.
According to the GSRI study Girl Scouting Works: The Alumnae Impact Study (2012), Girl Scout Gold Award recipients reap greater benefit from their time and experiences in Girl Scouting than non-alumnae. Comparatively, these individuals display more positive life outcomes pertaining to sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement.
Girl Scout Gold Award recipients represent our most successful and engaged—and happiest—Girl Scout alumnae.
Gold Award recipients recognize the power of being a Girl Scout.
They have positive attitudes toward Girl Scouts, including how it has shaped their lives.
- 99 % say that belonging to Girl Scouts has had a positive impact on their lives.
- 92 % say that some of the experiences they had in Girl Scouts could not have occurred anywhere else.
- 92 % say they are proud to have been a member of Girl Scouts.
- 91 % say that Girl Scouts played an important role in their childhood.
- 90 % attribute their success in life to Girl Scouts.
Belonging to Girl Scouts has had a number of unique, powerful, and lasting impressions on Girl Scout Gold Award recipients through their lives:
- 96 % attribute Girl Scouts with encouraging the setting of high goals and aspirations in life.
- 96 % attribute Girl Scouts with providing leadership opportunities they couldn’t get elsewhere.
- 91 % attribute Girl Scouts with making them a more responsible member of their community.
- 90 % attribute Girl Scouts with providing them with an adult role model.
- 93 % attribute Girl Scouts with enabling them to feel empowered.