Adult Awards

Formal adult awards recognize exemplary service that goes above and beyond what is expected in a volunteer role. Volunteers, girl members, and their families may nominate someone for an award.

Each award’s packet has more details and examples of eligible service along with information about the nomination process. Learn more about the formal adult award program in our frequently asked questions.

Formal adult awards are only one way to recognize volunteers – use our informal recognition ideas to celebrate other adults serving Girl Scouts.

Formal Adult Awards

Appreciation Pin

Appreciation Pin

Recognizes an adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of Girl Scouting within one geographic area.

Honor Pin

Honor Pin

Recognizes exemplary service in support of Girl Scouting impacting multiple areas of service.

Volunteer of Excellence

Volunteer of Excellence

Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or in support of the council’s mission delivery.

President’s Award

Recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of Girl Scouting surpassed team goals and resulted in measurable impact towards reaching the council’s overall goals.

Thanks Badge

Thanks Badge

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.

Thanks Badge

Thanks Badge II

Recognizes previous Thanks Badge award recipients whose continuing exemplary service in a leadership role benefited the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal

Recognizes 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 USA National Board of Directors.

For more information and to obtain the nomination forms, please contact

Commitment to Inclusiveness Certificate

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.

Commitment to Inclusiveness Packet

Heart in Hand award

Heart in Hand Award

Recognizes outstanding service by a Girl Scout member, non-member or community organization.

Council Level

For service that benefits the council or multiple service units.

Heart in Hand (Council) Packet

Service Unit Level

For service that has benefited a troop or service unit.

Heart in Hand (Service Unit) Packet

Commitment to Inclusiveness Certificate

Extraordinary Event

Recognizes service units that have implemented events that exceed standards of quality and serve as models for future innovative programming.

Extraordinary Event Packet

Years of Service + Membership Pins

20 Years of Service Pin

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.

Volunteers who would like 5-15 year pins may purchase them from their local Girl Scouts shop or our online shop.

5 year membership guard

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.

Adult members who would like 5-20 year pins may purchase them from their local Girl Scouts shop or our online shop.