The Gold Medal

Each year, recipients of The Congressional Award Gold Medal – the U.S. Congress’ highest honor for youth – are celebrated at an annual event in our nation’s capital.

Members of the United States Congress, public and private partners, and industry and civic leaders recognize Gold Medalists in front of their families and peers in a multi-day recognition event.

As the pinnacle award of the program, Gold Medalists have committed themselves to at least two years to goal-setting and community involvement. To earn the award, a participant must log a minimum of 400 hours of Voluntary Public Service, 200 hours of Personal Development, 200 hours of Physical Fitness, and a five-day, four-night Expedition or Exploration.

The Class of 2024 is open until February 1, 2024. 

Gold Medal Record Book submissions are accepted on a rolling basis. However, in order to qualify for a given ceremony year’s class, participants must submit their Record Book no later than February 1st of each year.

Record Book revisions must be submitted by March 15, 2024. 

If we do not receive your revisions prior to the submission deadline, your Record Book can
still be approved but you will be considered a Gold Medalist for the following year.

You will be notified directly once approved.

The Gold Medal Class of 2024 

Across the Nation

*Last updated 6.4.2024.

Gold Medalists in the Class of 2024

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Previous Gold Medal Classes

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