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
Recognizes an adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of Girl Scouting within one geographic area.
Recognizes exemplary service in support of Girl Scouting impacting multiple areas of service.
Volunteer of Excellence
Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls or in support of the council’s mission delivery.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Service Unit Level
For service that has benefited a troop or service unit.
Recognizes service units that have implemented events that exceed standards of quality and serve as models for future innovative programming.
Years of Service + Membership Pins
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.