Volunteers are vital to the success of Girl Scouts and can be recognized for their contributions in a variety of ways.
Simple efforts like a verbal thanks, a thank you card or a compliment on Facebook can be great way to thank a volunteer. Here are more ideas:
- Share their story with our communications team. We may feature them on our blog, social networks and publications.
- Use these fun ways to thank volunteers or give low-cost, meaningful gifts.
Formal Adult Awards
Formal awards recognize exemplary service that goes above and beyond what is expected in a volunteer role.
Recipients are nominated by fellow volunteers, girl members and their families.
To nominate a volunteer, complete the nomination form for the appropriate award, found below. Most awards now require only one endorsement, and additional letters of support are optional. Learn more about the formal adult award program in our frequently asked questions.
Year-Round Nomination Awards
The following four awards will be reviewed as follows: Nominations received prior to Jan 31 will be reviewed in time for spring events and those received prior to June 30 will be reviewed in time for fall events.
Recognizes an adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service, which has had measurable impact and helps reach and surpass the goals of the area.
Example: Noticing that the Girl Scouts in her area did not reflect the diversity of her community, a troop leader partnered with the service-delivery team to reach and support new members. As a result, Hispanic girl membership rose 14 percent.
Recognizes an adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service, which has had measurable impact on multiple geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its goals.
Example: To support all direct-service volunteers in using Journeys, a facilitator worked with the Volunteer Services department to create a Girl Scout Leadership Experience coach role. The role was piloted in four teams where, after the first year, Journey sales increased 30 percent, girls completed 14 new take-action projects and volunteer satisfaction rose 14 percent.
Girl Scouts’ highest volunteer award honors adults who’s ongoing commitment, leadership and service had an exceptional impact on the council or entire Girl Scout Movement.
Example: A volunteer helped the council partner with local organizations to build a Take Action Tree House at each River Valleys camp. The three-year project brought in 300 new Girl Scouts, 5 percent more camp registrations, 90 new volunteers and new partnerships with 11 local organizations.
Thanks Badge II
Recognizes previous Thanks Badge award recipients who’s continuing exemplary service in a leadership role benefited the entire Girl Scout Movement.
Example: After receiving the Thanks Badge for her work on the Take Action Tree House at camp, a volunteer served two years on a national task group that helped all 111 councils plan to cross-departmentally use the camp pathway to grow membership and deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through Journeys.
Spring Nomination Awards
The following seven award nominations are due as follows: Due March 15 for April events; due April 15 for May events; due May 15 for June events.
Volunteer of Excellence
Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or in support of the council’s mission delivery.
Example: A volunteer program advisor works over the course of a year to help 30 Girl Scout Seniors and Ambassadors plan and deliver four performance day camps. The camps focus on the aMUSE Journey and increase membership in those areas by 210 Juniors and 16 adult volunteers.
Commitment to Inclusiveness
Recognizes volunteers who have carried out a unique and innovative project or delivered outstanding service and leadership in the areas of inclusiveness.
Example: A service unit team created a day camp to celebrate diversity and educate the girls in their community. They leveraged relationships with several community partners who provided hands-on activities and age-appropriate messages. On the follow-up evaluation, 90 girls reported they would use what they learned and 75 percent developed an action plan for a future inclusiveness project.
Heart in Hand Award
Recognizes outstanding service by a Girl Scout member, non-member or community organization.
For service that benefits the council or multiple service units.
Example: A corporation coordinated and implemented several career workshops for Girl Scouts.
Service Unit Level
For service that has benefited a troop or service unit.
Example: A troop cookie manager went to extra efforts focus on the educational program elements, effectively communicate with parents and help girls make use of council resources. Her efforts resulted in increased cookie sales and high parent satisfaction.
Recognizes service units that have implemented events that exceed standards of quality and serve as models for future innovative programming.
Service Unit Award for Excellence
Recognizes a service unit’s accomplishments in moving toward River Valleys’ goals and objectives the previous membership year.
Recognizes a service unit’s accomplishments in including diversity in program and whose recruitment efforts grew from the previous year.
Years of Service + Membership Pins
Years of Service and Years of Membership pins are presented in the spring based on membership records.
Volunteer Years of Service
Recognizes adults for years of active volunteer service. River Valleys provides Years of Service Pins in five-year intervals to volunteers who have served 20 or more years. Based on your membership information, we will mail you a letter with options on how to receive the pin.
Membership Numeral Pins
Recognizes tenure within Girl Scouts, including both girl and adult years. River Valleys provides Membership Numeral Pins in five-year intervals to adults who have been members for 25 or more years. Based on your membership information, we will mail you a letter with options on how to receive the pin.