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Recognitions and Awards

Volunteers put in many hours on top of busy schedules and hectic lives – to be the cheerleader, guide, and mentor -  helping girls develop crucial skills and confidence to launch them into a lifetime of leadership.

Help us recognize outstanding individuals all year round with our Adult Award initiative!

Formal Recognitions

Nominate a special volunteer for an adult recognition. These range from Council Board-Approved Awards for volunteers, local service unit volunteer recognitions, and other volunteer recognitions. Check out the GSCCC Adult Recognition Adult Awards Guide to determine the best fit for your special person, and then submit your nomination. It is easy—just use the Award Form!

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Adult Recognition Resources

Tips for Writing a Council Nomination     

Adult Award Uniform Placement                             

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Council Board Approved GSUSA Awards
Appreciation Pin  For outstanding service to at least one community.  
Honor Pin For outstanding service to two or more communities.  
Thanks Badge For outstanding service that benefits the entire council or Girl Scout Movement.  
Thanks Badge II Tor outstanding service council-wide or beyond having already received the Thanks Badge.   
Volunteer of Excellence Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience 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.  
Service Unit Approved GSCCC Awards
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GSCCC Distinguished Leader Award

The Distinguished Leader Award recognizes Troop/Group Leaders or Assistant Troop/Group Leaders whose performance in working with girls is so outstanding that it merits recognition by the Service Unit. The Service Unit reviews and approves the nominations following its process.

Criteria:

  • The nominee is a registered adult Girl Scout and is currently serving in a Troop/Group Leader or Assistant Troop/Group Leader capacity.
  • The nominee's performance as a Leader is so outstanding in nature that it merits recognition by the Service Unit.
  • The nominee has completed the required Girl Scout training for their Leadership position.

Form of Recognition:

The GSCCC Distinguished Leader Award pin will be provided to SU Recognitions Chair upon request.

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GSCCC Distinguished Volunteer Award 

The Distinguished Volunteer Award recognizes an adult in a position other than Leader, or in addition to that of Leader, for exceptional service to Service Unit or in the community on behalf of Girl Scouts. The Service Unit reviews and approves the nominations following its process.

Criteria:

  • The nominee is a registered adult Girl Scout volunteer and is currently serving in a capacity other than Leader.
  • The nominee has completed appropriate training for the position held, or has equivalent experience.
  • The service performed by the nominee is of benefit to the geographic area or Service Unit and is beyond the expectations for the position held to an extent that warrants area-wide recognition.

Form of Recognition:

The GSCCC Distinguished Volunteer Award pin will be provided to SU Recognitions Chair upon request.

Other Recognitions
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Numeral Guards

Numeral Guards recognize the number of combined years as a girl and adult member. Pins are available in 5-year increments (5, 10, 15, 20,).

Numeral Guards for 15 years and above are complimentary and should be requested by the SU Recognitions Chair.

For fewer than 15 years, Service Units can order and purchase pins for volunteers via www.girlscoutshop.com. All numeral pin recipients should be recognized at their local Service Unit Recognitions Event.

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Years of Service pins recognize the number of years of active service as an adult member. Pins are available in 5-year increments (5, 10, 15, 20…).

Service Units can order and purchase these pins via www.girlscoutshop.com. Year of Service Pin recipients should be recognized at their local Service Unit Recognitions Event.