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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 poem certificate.
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 Recognition Ceremony.
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.