Recognitions show a person your appreciation for the work that they do. This can be a simple thank you or a formal commendation for years of faithful service. Examples of recognitions include purchasing a lifetime membership in Girl Scouts or buying a gift certificate from our shop.
Volunteer awards are for currently registered Girl Scouts volunteers who give outstanding service above and beyond their volunteer position description. Any Girl Scout troop, service unit or council, or an individual, such as a parent, can nominate a volunteer for an award or give a volunteer recognition.
|Deadline Date||Presented at||Area Benefited by Service||Items Needed|
|Recognitions Awarded at the Service Unit Level|
|Years of Membership 5, 10, 15, 20||Set by SU||Set by SU||Includes girl & adult years||none|
|Years of Service Pins||Set by SU||Set by SU||Includes adult years of service only||none|
|Rookie of the Year Award - The Rookie of the Year Pin recognizes a first year volunteer for being the most outstanding first year volunteer in the Service Unit||Set by SU||Set by SU||Troop/Group||Application|
|Volunteer of Excellence Award - The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience||Set by SU||Set by SU||SU and/or Council||Application and supporting documentation|
|Recognitions Requiring Volunteer Awards Committee (VAC) Approval|
|Years of Membership Pins 25, 30, 25…||TBA||Council Event||Includes girl & adult years||Application to VAC|
|Years of Service Pins 10, 15, 20…||TBA||Council Event||Includes adult years of service only||Application to VAC|
|Appreciation Award - The service performed by the candidate is outstanding, above and beyond the expectations for the position held and is delivered to at least one area or service unit within the council jurisdiction.||TBA||Council Event||Service Unit or area||Application plus two (2) letters of endorsement to VAC|
|Helping Hands Award - The service provided by the candidate is outstanding above and beyond the expectations for the position held and is delivered to at least one area or service unit within the council jurisdiction for a minimum of 10 years.||TBA||Council Event||Service Unit or area||Application plus two (2) letters of endorsement to VAC|
|Honor Award - The service performed by the candidate is outstanding, above and beyond the expectations for the position held and is delivered to two or more areas or service units within the council jurisdiction.||TBA||Council Event||Two or more Service Units or areas||Application plus three (3) letters of endorsement to VAC|
|Marti Klugman - Recognizes an adult volunteer who has demonstrated through outreach and/or planned travel programs for their troop, a commitment to think globally and to commit to the Take Action key of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.||TBA||Council Event||Troop/Group||Application plus two (2) letters of endorsement to VAC, one (1) must be from a girl who benefited from the Leadership Experience|
|Recognitions Requiring Membership Department Approval|
|The STAR Award - The STAR recognizes the efforts of a service team in moving its assigned area toward achievement of council goals during a membership year.||TBA||Council Event||Service Unit or Area||To be determined by Recruitment & Retention Department and Service Unit Team|
|Recognitions Requiring Volunteer Awards Committee (VAC) and Board Approval|
|Thanks Badge - The service performed by the candidate is truly outstanding, benefits total council or the entire Girl Scout movement and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award should be appropriate.||TBA||Council Event||Total council or entire Girl Scout movement||Application plus four (4) letters minimum to VAC|
|Thanks Badge II - Recognizes outstanding service given by a Thanks Badge recipient.
||TBA||Council Event||Thanks Badge recipient, total council or entire Girl Scout movement||Application plus four ( 4) letters minimum to VAC|
SU = Service Unit