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Adult Recognitions

Everyone likes to feel appreciated. Whether in the form of a simple thank you for a small job well done or a formal commendation for years of faithful service in a key position of an organization, such acknowledgement is a signal that she or he is noticed and appreciated—that she or he is RECOGNIZED.

Recognition is a way to encourage and celebrate successes. Recognition or appreciation of volunteers in Girl Scouts could happen in many ways. Some possible ideas are:

  • Well-run leader meetings that show consideration for busy schedules
  • Pairing a new person with an experienced one as a resource and support
  • Welcoming and greeting people at meetings – calling them by name
  • Sending an occasional hand-written thank-you note, holiday, or birthday card
  • Presenting awards throughout the year– not just at the end of the year
  • Saying “Thank You” often and sincerely
  • Refreshments, fun table favors, and inspirational words at leader meetings
  • Asking for ideas and suggestions; including volunteers in decision-making where possible

Most people think of pins, plaques, and other awards when considering how to recognize the work someone has done. The presentation of these awards takes place at our Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Typical awards given at this time include:

  • Numeral Guards and Years of Service Pins
  • Position Bars
  • Volunteer of Excellence Award

Information about awards including criteria and approval process is detailed in the Adult Recognitions at a Glance. If you have questions or if you are looking for ideas on appropriate ways to honor an adult Girl Scout, please contact your Service Unit Adult Recognitions Chairperson (“ARC Member”). This volunteer will work closely with you in promoting adult recognition and ordering any awards.

NEW - Adult Recognitions Handbook
Our updated Adult Recognitions Handbook Saying “Thanks” offers ideas and information about creating a culture of appreciation in your troop, your Service Unit, and our council. Give it a look to find formal and informal recognition ideas, including the steps to nominate Girl Scout Volunteers for the awards listed below. Download it now

Adult Recognition Awards

Click the links to download the appropriate forms needed for each award.

Download the Adult Recognitions Order Form


Volunteer of Excellence – requires Service Unit and Council recognition committee approval.

Appreciation Pin- requires Board approval
Deadline: First Thursday in February

Honor Pin – requires Board approval
Deadline: First Thursday in February

President’s Award – requires Board approval
Deadline: First Thursday in February

Thanks Badge – requires Board approval
Deadline: First Thursday in February

Thanks Badge II – requires Board approval
Deadline: First Thursday in February