Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means the world to
girls, to your council staff, and to Girl Scouts of the USA. We’re
calling on all members of society to help girls reach their full
potential, and you’ve answered that call. So thank you, from the
bottom of our hearts!
Just as you’ll receive support throughout your volunteering
experience, when you reach the end of the term you signed up for,
you’ll talk with your support team about the positive parts of your
experience as well as the challenges you faced, and you’ll discuss
whether you want to return to this position or try something new. The
end of your troop year, camp season, overseas trip, or series/event
session is just the beginning of your next adventure with Girl Scouts!
If you’re ready for more opportunities to work with girls, be sure
to let your council support team know how you’d like to be a part of
girls’ lives in the future—whether in the same position or in other,
flexible ways. Are you ready to organize a series or event? Take a
trip? Work with girls at camp? Work with a troop of girls as a
yearlong volunteer? Share your skills at a council office, working
behind the scenes? The possibilities are endless and can be tailored
to fit your skills and interests.
The GSMISTS Adult Recognition Committee is comprised of volunteers
from throughout our council. Contact email@example.com or call toll free (844)
GSMISTS if interested in joining this committee or you have any
questions on Adult Awards.
GSUSA Adult Awards
1. The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes those
volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering
directly with girls 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.
2. The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary
service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
This service, which has had measureable impact on one Service Unit,
helps reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals in the area.
3. The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service
in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which
has had measureable impact on two or more Service Units, allowing the
council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.
4. 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.
5. The Thanks Badge ll honors a previous Thanks Badge award
recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a
leadership role, resulting in a measureable impact that benefits the
entire Girl Scout movement.
6. The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a
service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support
of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpasses team
goals and resulted in significant, measureable impact toward reaching
the council’s overall goals.
Service Units planning to recognize volunteers for Green Angel,
Years of Membership, or Years of Volunteer Service are required to
complete the appropriate order form found in the Adult Recognitions
Handbook. GSMISTS will supply pins for awardees in attendance at
our annual Adult Recognitions Ceremony. Service units not in
attendance will be required to order pins through the GSMISTS shop.
Green Angel - Selected yearly by the Service Unit Director
(SUD) or Service Unit Team, and presented to one volunteer who has
greatly helped out the Service Unit Team. This pin is presented at
your service unit end of the year celebration and is accompanied by a
Adult Volunteer Years of Service - Volunteers to be recognized
for years of active service in five year increments; 5, 10, 15, 20,
25, or more years of adult volunteer service. GSMISTS supplies pins
for volunteers with 15+ years of adult volunteer service who attend
the annual Adult Recognition Ceremony. 5 and 10 year pins may be
purchased and awarded at a service unit level.
Membership Numeral Guard – Current members can be recognized
for their total years of membership (girl and adult years combined,
membership could be in multiple councils) in 5 year increments; 5, 10,
15, 20, 25, or more years. GSMISTS supplies Membership Numeral Guards
to members beginning at 50 years who attend the annual Adult
All nomination packets, including letters of endorsement and
supporting materials, are due annually on February 1. We recognize our
volunteers at the Adult Recognition Ceremony, which is held in
conjunction with our Annual Meeting in April.
More information can be found in the GSMISTS Adult Recognitions Handbook.
Volunteer Appreciation Month
Without our passionate and
dedicated volunteers, there would be no Girl Scouting. That’s why we
celebrate Volunteer Appreciation Week in April! And get ready to crank
up the party as we ring in national Girl Scout Leader’s Day on April 22.
Girl Scouts also celebrates Volunteers Make a Difference Week in
conjunction with Make a Difference Day, which takes place during the
weekend in autumn that we set our clocks back when daylight saving
time ends. What can we say—we love our volunteers!
Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore holds a special Adult
Recognitions Ceremony held in conjuction with the GSMISTS Annual
Meeting in April.