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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

The 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. Nominations are accepted year round with a February 1 deadline to be included in the current membership year's awards ceremonies. 

2018 Adult Award Recipients

First Name

Award

Service Unit

Susan Wefald

Thanks Badge II

Bismarck / Lincoln

Stacie Horst

Volunteer of Excellence

503 Brookings

Melissa Maxwell

Centennial

Dakota Sunrise

Tifanie Petro

Firestarter

Rushmore

Tracy Hill

Heritage

Dakota Territory

Mike Carter

Do-Dad Award

Williston

Zechariah Schwenk

Do-Dad Award

Hilltop

Jason Yeary

Do-Dad Award

Foothills

Lori Engle

Leading the Way Award

Prairie Rose

Kayla Stevens

Leading the Way Award

Prairie Rose

Brenda Stevens

Leading the Way Award

Prairie Rose

Janet Patron

Leading the Way Award

Prairie Rose

Linda Betz

Leading the Way Award

Prairie Rose

Amber Vadala

Leading the Way Award

Minot AFB

Rhonda Lee

Leading the Way Award

Hazen

Catherine Olson

Leading the Way Award

East Grand Forks / Fisher

Breanne Dronen

Leading the Way Award

East Grand Forks / Fisher

Suzette Klose

Leading the Way Award

Heart of South Fargo

Deseree Corrales

Leading the Way Award

Pierre

Lucy Leines

Leading the Way Award

Wagner

Kristi Nieman

Leading the Way Award

River's Edge

Charmaine Brennan

Leading the Way Award

Hilltop

Betsy Schwenk

Leading the Way Award

Hilltop

Jennifer Smetana

Leading the Way Award

Brookings

Ashley Lozano

Leading the Way Award

Gregory / Winner

Roanna Parker

Rising Star Award

Prairie Rose

Lori Reinhold

Rising Star Award

Grand Traills

Kelly Quigley

Rising Star Award

East Grand Forks / Fisher

Kelly Leach

Rising Star Award

East Grand Forks / Fisher

Jill Jensen

Rising Star Award

Hilltop

Cristine Bishop

Rising Star Award

Hilltop

Adriane Cole-Dreyer

Rising Star Award

Rushmore

Roslyn Schwengler

Unsung Hero Award

Prairie Rose

Nancy Olson

Unsung Hero Award

Prairie Rose

Ammy Counterman

Unsung Hero Award

Dakota Sunrise

Tara Siewell

Unsung Hero Award

Hilltop

Christie Hurtig

Unsung Hero Award

Rushmore

 

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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer whose outstanding service is inspiring to those around them and an example of an ideal Girl Scout volunteer.

Do-Dad Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize dads who have provided outstanding service to Girl Scouts.

Unsung Hero Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize an indirect volunteer who provides excellent service and makes things happen behind the scenes.

Trefoil Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a group in the community that has been consistently supportive of Girl Scouting.

Rising Star Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in including diverse members of their community in Girl Scouting.

Heritage Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
Recognize a volunteer who honors Girl Scout traditions and history while embracing the interests of girls today.

Firestarter Award (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement)
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 (Nomination Form / Letter of Endorsement
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 (Nomination/Interest Form ) 
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.