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Volunteer Awards

The heart of Girl Scouting is our indispensable volunteers who make it all possible!

Because volunteers contribute their time and skills in many ways, there are several Adult Awards that are available to recognize their efforts.

Council Awards

We have so many wonderful volunteers who deserve special recognition! Council Awards are approved by the Adult Awards Committee; most are then confirmed by the Board of Directors.  These awards are presented at the Annual Meeting each spring.  

Council Awards (with the exception of the Years of Service award) require a simple nomination form and 2 to 4 endorsements.

Council Level Awards - Deadline March 1

Volunteer Years of Service (15 Years & Up)
Recognizes an Adult Girl Scout for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals. (Form completed by candidate.)

Thanks Badge
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. (4 endorsements)

Thanks Badge II 
The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement. (4 endorsements)

Honor Pin
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals. (3 endorsements)

Appreciation Pin
The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual's exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service, which has had measurable impact on one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area. (2 endorsements)

President's Award
The President's Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council's overall goals. (2 endorsements)

 

Service Unit Awards

Service Units also present awards to volunteers.  Most are signed by a Service Unit Team member, and approved by the Adult Awards Committee (except the Years of Service award).  Only the Volunteer of Excellence requires an endorsement. 

Service Unit Awards - Deadline April 1

Volunteer of Excellence
The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council's mission delivery to girl and adult members. (2 endorsements)

Leadership Development Pin 
The Leadership Development pin recognizes leadership team members or group coordinators who have completed a series of earned criteria.

Leadership Development Pin – Leaves
The Leadership Development leaves recognize experienced leadership team members who take additional training that will increase their skills in working with their troops/groups.

Volunteer Years of Service (5 & 10 Years)
Recognizes an Adult Girl Scout for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals.

Green Angel Award
The Green Angel Award recognizes any active adult volunteer who has been registered for at least 12 months and meets the requirements for the current Girl Scout year. The Green Angel encourages volunteers to support other Girl Scout volunteers and to enrich their own lives through Girl Scouting.

 

Other Awards

Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal 
The Juliette Low World Friendship Medal is awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors. (2 endorsements)

President’s Volunteer Service Award Application Form
Any individual, family, or group can receive Presidential recognition for volunteer hours earned over a 12-month period or over the course of a lifetime. Refer to the President’s Volunteer Service Award website for more information. Submit the GSSA application to the council to apply for this award. Awards are ordered twice yearly, in May and October. Applications received after May 1 or October 1 will be held for the next batch order.

 

Questions about awards?  Please contact our Award Manager, Jeannie Napper.