Adult Awards and Recognition

We appreciate our volunteers and believe they deserve to be recognized for their contributions! So why not show your appreciation by nominating them? Nominate a volunteer who has shown outstanding contributions and has made a significant impact in girls' lives.


Awards

Adult Award Handbook is a handy reference for the three tiers of awards: district, council, and GSUSA. Volunteers can be nominated by their girls, volunteers or parents for a variety of awards offered through Girl Scouting. 

Adult Award Nomination Forms and the Letter of Endorsement are used to nominate and endorse volunteers for award consideration.  

District Awards

District Awards honor the work of volunteers at the local level.  Whether it be indirect or direct, this category looks to those volunteers who are making the world a better place starting at home. Find forms and details in the Adult Award Handbook.

Leading the Way Award
Recognize a volunteer whose outstanding service is inspiring to those around them and an example of an ideal Girl Scout volunteer.

Do-Dad Award
Recognize dads who have provided outstanding service to Girl Scouts.

Unsung Hero Award
Recognize an indirect volunteer who provides excellent service and makes things happen behind the scenes.

Trefoil Award
Recognize a group in the community that has been consistently supportive of Girl Scouting.

Rising Star Award
Recognize a first year volunteer who has fully embraced the Girl Scouting movement with energy and passion and has performed outstanding work in their first year.

Council Awards

Council Awards honor volunteers who have demonstrated a higher level of service that that has had an impact on the entire council.  These awards are for indirect or direct volunteers and reflect a volunteer who has grown in their service to Girl Scouts. Find forms and details in the Adult Award Handbook.

Global Voices Award
Recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in including diverse members of their community in Girl Scouting.

Heritage Award
Recognize a volunteer who honors Girl Scout traditions and history while embracing the interests of girls today.

Firestarter Award
Recognize a volunteer whose leadership and enthusiasm for Girl Scouts has ignited a flame of excellence that is passed to all members of the council. This flame sustains the passion for Girls Scouts among girls, volunteers and staff, and preserves Girl Scouting for years to come.

Centennial Award
Recognize a lifetime of achievement by a Girl Scout volunteer.  This award demonstrates a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for an extended period of time.

GSUSA Awards

The most prestigious of the three, the GSUSA awards honor volunteers who have had such a significant impact that no other award would be appropriate. The volunteers who have made significant impact throughout the council and meeting council goals are honored in this category. Find forms and details in the Adult Award Handbook.

Volunteer of Excellence
Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) 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.

Appreciation Pin
Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).  This service, which had measurable impact on one service area, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area.

Honor Pin
Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more service areas, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission delivery goals.

Thanks Badge
Honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Thanks Badge II
Honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.

President's Award
Recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals. Contact your local support staff for more information. 

Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal
Awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors.

Years of Service Award

Recognizes individuals who have maintained membership with Girl Scouts for extended periods of time in five year increments.

The Volunteer Department will generate a list of award recipients annually from an internal database.  Recipients will be notified on their award status in early  spring.

National President’s Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.  More information can be found at here.