Volunteer Awards and Recognitions

For decades, national Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) Adult Awards have provided a consistent framework and valuable resources to help councils formally recognize volunteers who devote time and energy to our movement. In 2010, GSUSA revised the adult awards in order to meet the needs of the volunteer roles that emerged to support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and implementation of Pathways. Volunteers and staff across all departments and functions within the council are encouraged to participate in the nomination of adults or volunteer teams for formal awards, including the GSUSA Adult Awards.

Example Nomination Letter

Say 'Thank You' all year long!  Girl Scouts of the USA received feedback from existing volunteers through a survey on what types of recognition and awards they appreciated the most. Being recognized by individual and groups of Girl Scouts was the most appealing form of recognition—nearly 9 out of 10 volunteers found this method appealing. Look for ways to thank and appreciate each of the volunteers you are in contact with.  Deadline for formal awards are due by February 15 to be included in the Annual Meeting but thank you isn’t limited to the end of the year.

Girl Scouts of the USA Awards (click to download nomination form & requirements)

Appreciation Pin - requires application and two recommendation letters
The Appreciation Pin also recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the GSLE, but for this pin the impact is within one geographic area of service.

Honor Pin - requires application and two recommendation letters
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience; this support has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service to reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the council.

Thanks Badge - requires application and four recommendation letters
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Thanks Badge II - requires application and four recommendation letters
The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role which resulted in a measurable impact benefitting the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Volunteer of Excellence
This award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

  President's Award
The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service team, committee, or volunteer team whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.
 

The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal
This prestigious national award is granted to individuals and councils who have enhanced and progressed the understanding of the global aspects of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting, which empowers girls to be global citizens.

Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa Awards

Greater Iowa Award - requires application and four recommendation letters
The Greater Iowa Award recognizes outstanding service to girls and a deep commitment to the purpose of Girl Scouting.  Presentation should take place at the Annual meeting or council-wide recognition event as deemed appropriate.

Hall of Fame - requires application and four recommendation letters
The Hall of Fame recognizes a lifetime commitment to the Girl Scout Movement.  No more than three individuals shall be inducted into the Hall of Fame in a given year.  The Hall of Fame Award may be given posthumously.

Man of the Year - requires application and one recommendation letter
The Man of the Year Award recognizes an adult male member who has given extraordinary or uncommon service in his community or in the Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa jurisdiction. 

Rookie of the Year - requires application and one recommendation letter
The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes adult volunteers new to Girl Scouting and to Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa.

Teamwork Award - requires application and one recommendation letter
The Teamwork Award recognizes two or more adult volunteers who exemplify what it means to work together as a team.