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Volunteer Appreciation Awards & Recognitions

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.

The table below links to the nomination forms and endorsement forms (if needed) for each award.

Have Questions About Earned Awards?

Contact Jeannie Napper at
jnapper@girlscoutssa.org

GSSA Adult Awards
Service Unit Level
Award
Criteria
Nomination
Approved
by
Dead-
line
Presented
By
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.
Nomination Form
plus
2 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee
April 1
Service Unit
Leadership Development Pin The Leadership Development pin recognizes leadership team members or group coordinators who have completed a series of earned criteria.
Candidate completes form, signed by SU Team Member
Adult Awards Committee
April 1
Service Unit
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.
Candidate completes form, signed by SU Team Member
Adult Awards Committee
April 1
Service Unit
Volunteer Years of Service
(5 & 10 Years)
Recognizes an Adult Girl Scout for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals.
Candidate completes form
None
April 1
Service Unit
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.
Candidate or SU Team member completes form
Adult Awards Committee
April 1
Service Unit
           
Council Level
Award
Criteria
Nomination
Approved
by
Dead-
line
Presented
By
Volunteer Years of Service
(15 Years & Up)
Recognizes an Adult Girl Scout for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals.
Candidate completes form
Adult Awards Committee
March 1
Annual Meeting
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. Nomination Form plus
4 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee; confirmed
by Board
March 1
Annual Meeting
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.
Nomination Form
plus
4 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee; confirmed
by Board
March 1
Annual Meeting
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.
Nomination Form
plus
3 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee; confirmed
by Board
March 1
Annual Meeting
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. 
Nomination Form
plus
2 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee; confirmed
by Board
March 1
Annual Meeting
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.
Nomination Form
plus
2 Endorsements
Adult Awards Committee
March 1
Annual Meeting
           
GSUSA
Award
Criteria
Nomination
Approved
by
Dead-
line
Presented
By
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.
GSUSA
Nomination Form
plus
2 Letters
of Endorsements
International Commissioner & GSUSA National Board of Directors
None
GSUSA
Other
Award
Criteria
Nomination
Approved
by
Dead-
line
Presented
By
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 President’s Volunteer Service Award Application Form 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.
Candidate
completes form
May 1 and October 1

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