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Adult Recognition and Awards

Volunteer Awards

Each year, Girl Scouts formally recognizes those adult volunteers who have made significant accomplishments and gone above and beyond to empower girls. Girl Scout awards are deeply rooted in tradition and create a great sense of gratification and achievement. At GSMISTS, we depend on and value our volunteers who deliver and support the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) for girls. Adult Award recipients are those who have shown outstanding service to girls and/or adults in Girl Scouts, and actively understand and practice the values of inclusive behavior.

Years of Membership in Girl Scouting
Number-Guard

Years of Membership in Girl Scouting
Membership Numeral Guards show the total number of years (not necessarily continuous or consecutive) of registered membership, both as a girl and an adult, in any Girl Scout/Girl Guide organization.

Individuals who have been registered members for 50 years and higher (girl and adult years combined, in five year increments) will be recognized at the Adult Recognition Ceremony.

Years of Volunteer Service in Girl Scouting
Years-Volunteer-Service

Years of Volunteer Service in Girl Scouting
"Girl Scout Volunteer" on pin with number of years (five through 30 by five's) of volunteer service in the center.

Volunteers who have given five years of volunteer service or more (in five year increments) to Girl Scouts will be recognized at the Adult Recognition Ceremony.

The Green Angel
Green-Angel

The Green Angel is presented to one volunteer who has greatly supported the Service Unit Director or Service Unit Team. The Service Unit Director or Service Unit Team selects the Green Angel recipient. Each Service Unit can award one Green Angle each year. A volunteer should not receive the Green Angel in consecutive years. The Service Unit will present this award at their local end of year celebration.

To request use the Years of Membership/Volunteer Service, Green Angel Request Form.

Volunteer of Excellence

The Volunteer of Excellence award offers service units an opportunity to recognize volunteers who have contributed outstanding service in support of mission delivery to girl and adult members at a troop level. 

•The nominee is an active, registered Girl Scout volunteer who has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position beyond expectations.

•The nominee actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

•Requires the Nomination Form and one Letter of Endorsement from someone other than the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria of the award.

Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes an active Girl Scout volunteer’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had a measurable impact on one service unit, helps reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the area.

•The nominee is an active, registered Girl Scout volunteer whose service is above and beyond the expectations for the position held.

•The nominee has made an impact on one service unit within the council’s jurisdiction.

•Requires the Nomination Form and two Letters of Endorsement from people other than the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria of the award.

Honor Pin

he Honor Pin recognizes an active Girl Scout volunteer’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more service units, allowing GSMISTS to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.

•The nominee is an active, registered Girl Scout volunteer whose service is above and beyond the expectations for the position held.

•The nominee has made an impact on two or more service units within the council’s jurisdiction.

•Requires the Nomination Form and two Letters of Endorsement from people other than the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria of the award. A Letter of Endorsement is required from each service unit served.

Thanks Badge I & II

The Thanks Badge honors an active Girl Scout volunteer whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of GSMISTS or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

•The nominee is an active, registered Girl Scout volunteer.

•The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefited all of GSMISTS or the entire Girl Scout organization and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

•Requires the Nomination Form and three Letters of Endorsement from people other than the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria of the award.

The Thanks Badge II recognizes a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role significantly above and beyond the call of duty, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement. 

•The nominee is an active, registered Girl Scout volunteer.

•The nominee has received the Thanks Badge.

•Requires the Nomination Form and three Letters of Endorsement from people other than the nominator indicating how the nominee meets the criteria of the award.

President's Award

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 surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching GSMISTS overall goals.

•All team or committee members are registered Girl Scout volunteers and have met all requirements and expectations of the positions held.

•The service-delivery team or committee has significantly contributed to one or more of the council’s mission-delivery goals.

•The service-delivery team or committee reflects the diversity of the target audience or area it serves, in girl and adult membership.

•The service-delivery team actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

•Requires the Nomination Form and two Letters of Endorsement from people other than the nominator indicating how the team/committee meets the criteria of the award.

 

Interested in learning more about our awards? Check out our Adult Awards Fact Sheet

Recognize an Adult Volunteer

Do you know a volunteer who deserves recognition? 

Girl Scout Adult Awards recognize those who provide exemplary service and go above and beyond the expectations of their position to make a difference for the organization and for girls. GSMISTS recognizes of volunteers annually at our Adult Recognition Ceremony. Nomination packets are due February 1. Download our Adult Award and Nomination Handbook to get started! You can download the entire handbook, or use the dropdown menu for the different nomination forms.

Individual Nomination Forms for Adult Recognitions

 Volunteer of Excellence 

 Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge or Thanks Badge II 

 President's Award 

 Years of Membership/Volunteer Service and Green Angel

 Letter of Endorsement Template

 Steps to using a Fillable PDF

  1. Save the file to your computer before you type anything into it.
  2. Open the file from your computer, complete the form, and save your changes.
  3. Double check that your changes have saved prior to sending to GSMISTS.

Find Your Inspiration!

   Find your inspiration! See our list of  Past Adult Award Recipients

Join the Adult Award Committe

Want to help review Adult Awards?

GSMISTS Adult Awards Committee is made up of adult volunteers who are passionate about recognizing the hard work and dedication of Girl Scout volunteers. Committee members evaluate and review nominations at four to five meetings per year (virtual and/or phone calls) and represent the committee at award ceremonies. The committee is always happy to welcome new members. To learn more or express interest, please contact customercare@gsmists.org.