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.
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:
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.
Send them an e-card with a personalized message! Just select your card below to get started.
If your Girl Scout would like to write an appreciation card to her Girl Scout volunteers, choose from these cards. She can fill it in and give it directly to her favorite volunteers. Maybe the troop cookie parent was super helpful or one of the troop co-leaders made your Girl Scout feel confident enough to try something new. These fill-in cards will help your Girl Scout say thank you!
To learn more about each award, please refer to the Adult Recognitions Handbook called Saying “Thanks.”
Please use the links below to access the appropriate forms for each award.
Requires service unit review and approval.
If you would like to receive a pin to represent the number of years you have been a member and/or a volunteer (in 5-year increments), please complete this survey and notify your local adult recognitions coordinator.
If you have been a troop leader for less than two years and would like to earn the Green & Growing award, you can download & print this card or get a hardcopy from your volunteer support specialist to track your training and participation.
We all grow at our own pace, but some folks put focused effort into learning as much as they can to support their troops, so we want to recognize that hard work with our Green & Growing Award! Learn more about this award here.
Nominate a volunteer you know who goes above and beyond working with at least one troop. You will need to have two other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
Requires state-wide committee review and board approval. The deadline for nominations is the first Thursday of February.
Nominate a volunteer you know who goes above and beyond working with two or more troops. You will need to have two other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
Nominate a volunteer you know who goes above and beyond working with two or more service units. You will need to have three other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
Thanks I /Thanks II Badge
Nominate a volunteer you know whose service goes above and beyond, significantly impacting the entire council or the Girl Scout movement. You will need to have four other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
Commitment to Excellence Award
Nominate a volunteer who has received the Appreciation Pin or Honor Pin and continues to go above and beyond working with that level of service and scope. You will need to have three other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
The Juliette Gordon Low Spirit Award
Nominate a volunteer who has served for 25 or more years at a level above and beyond expectation for the role. You will need to have four other people, not related to the nominee, to write letters of endorsement.
Excellence in Collaboration Award
Service teams and committees may apply for this award to recognize their collaborative, creative, and earnest service to Girl Scouts in Maine.
The President’s Award
The President’s Award recognizes the successful efforts of a service team in meeting specific goals during a membership year.