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Volunteer Appreciation

Thank and recognize the adults who make a difference in the lives of girls by nominating someone you know for an award at the council or service unit level.

Council awards

Council awards will be presented at our Volunteer Celebration in April. These awards require a nomination and two endorsements. Submit a nomination or endorsement through the online award form (sdgirlscouts.org/VolunteerRecognition).

Nominations for council awards will open soon. For help with recognizing outstanding volunteers, see our award guide and tips on writing nominations, or watch our webinar on recognitions.

Please note: You may use this printable version of the nomination and endorsement questions to guide conversation and brainstorm responses, but submissions will only be accepted online.

Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes adults who have delivered outstanding service to one or more service unit areas.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Has provided outstanding service to a service unit area or program delivery audience in a way that furthers the council’s overall mission and goals to serve all girls and increase diversity, membership, visibility and/or program participation
  • Service goes above and beyond the expectations for the position held
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Appreciation Pin nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Recognition
Cookie Award

The Cookie Award recognizes service unit cookie team members (e.g. cookie coordinators, booth coordinators, and rewards coordinators), cookie cupboard volunteers and volunteer regional managers who surpassed their position duties by increasing sales and/or providing extraordinary service to girls and/or volunteers.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Notable work performance that went above and beyond the responsibilities of the position held during the cookie program
  • Provided outstanding service related to the success of the cookie program by increasing sales and/or providing excellent customer service to girls and/or volunteers
  • Role benefits multiple Girl Scouts San Diego girls and/or volunteers at a service unit, regional or council level
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Cookie Award nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Family Award

The Family Award recognizes service benefiting the entire council, beyond the troop and service unit level, over a period of time, by more than one member of a family.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult members in good standing
  • Assisted in furthering the council’s overall mission and goals to serve all girls and increase diversity, membership, visibility, and/or program participation
  • Service goes above and beyond their position expectations and serves the entire council past the troop and service unit level
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Family Award nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Friendship Award

The Friendship Award recognizes individuals, groups, organizations or businesses outside of Girl Scouts that have supported the mission of Girl Scouts San Diego by providing superior service and/or assistance to the entire council.

Candidate criteria
  • Supported the mission of Girl Scouts San Diego through superior service, contributions or assistance
  • Assisted in furthering the council’s overall mission and goals to serve all girls, increase diversity, membership, visibility, and/or program participants
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Friendship Award nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Get Outdoors Award

The Get Outdoors Award recognizes adults who worked beyond their own troop or service unit to inspire a love for the outdoors in more girls and volunteers.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Contributed in one of the following areas: Outdoor Adventure, Outdoor Skills, or Environmental Action
  • Work contains a level of sustainability and/or opportunity for those who benefitted to carry it forward
  • Special consideration given to candidates who help girls who normally wouldn’t have outdoor opportunities such as those new to Girl Scouts or from park-poor areas of the council
  • Service goes above and beyond the expectations for the position held
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Get Outdoors Award nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Recognition
Honor Pin

The Honor Pin is presented for outstanding service to two or more service unit areas or program delivery audiences.

Candidate criteria
  • Served a broader area and had a larger impact on girls and the organization as a whole than someone nominated for an Appreciation Pin
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Provided outstanding service to at least two service units or program delivery audiences in a way that furthers the council’s overall mission and goals to serve all girls and increase diversity, membership, visibility and/or program participation
  • Service went above and beyond the expectations of the position held
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Honor Pin nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Membership Numeral Guards & Years of Service Recognitions

Membership Numeral Guards & Years of Service Pins recognize registered adult members for years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals starting at five years.

Form of recognition
  • Membership Numeral Guard: Gold numeral to be worn with the Girl Scout Membership Pin.
  • Years of Service: Pillar-design pin with number on colored background.
    • Years five and 10: Purchase pins at council stores. Service units or troops may choose to hold a ceremony.
    • Years 15 and above: Council provides pins free of charge. Simply use online form to request. Pins can be awarded at the Volunteer Conference, or at an appropriate service unit event.
President's Award Application

The President's Award recognizes the efforts demonstrated by an entire service unit to enhance Girl Scouting in its community during a membership year.

Candidate Criteria
  • Administrative: All service unit team positions are filled, leader/volunteer meetings and information available, sent representative to an assembly or annual meeting, SHARE goal reached, 90% of troops submitted a financial report to council by June 30.
  • Membership: Collaborated with council staff to establish and implement recruitment plan, held fall recruitment event, held spring recruitment event, achieved at least 75% troop retention or met girl retention goal, reached current year’s girl membership goal or increased girl membership by 1.5%.
  • Girl Programing: Promoted community visibility, 90% of registered girls (as of Dec. 31) participated in cookie program or increased girl participation by 1.5 % from previous year, utilized girl planning for at least two events.
  • Adult Learning: Team members received appropriate trainings for their positions, all volunteers and troop leaders received appropriate training, hosted at least two mini-trainings, held adult recognitions event, leadership attended at least three service unit enrichment opportunities.
Application process
  • Deadline: A service unit must achieve goals by June 30 and submit an online application by July 15 in order to receive recognition at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration in August. Applications are accepted until Oct. 15 for goals reached by the end of the membership year (Sept. 30).
  • Nomination: Members of the service unit leadership team submit an online application once the service unit support specialist documents completion of criteria.
Approval

Service unit support specialist reviews criteria and approves leadership to submit online application. The volunteer services manager signs off on the approved application and includes the service unit in the slate of honorees at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration. Volunteer services will notify service units of application approval or denial.

Form of recognition
  • Service units achieving the President’s Award are presented the option of a gift card to use in any way they see fit or a gift of equal value.
  • At the Volunteer Conference and Celebration, the Girl Scouts San Diego board chair presents the President’s Award to service units who earned it by June 30. Service units earning the President’s Award by Sept. 30 are recognized by council leadership at a service unit meeting in the fall.
SHARE Award

The SHARE Award recognizes adults who have built awareness and support for the Share Her Annual Real Expense program which helps keep Girl Scouting available and affordable for all.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Demonstrated evidence of action by giving others encouragement and motivation toward philanthropy in SHARE and involvement in Girl Scouting
  • Service went above and beyond what is expected for the position held
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the SHARE Award nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Thanks Badge

The Thanks Badge recognizes adult members whose truly outstanding performance has benefited the entire council, and 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.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout member in good standing
  • Service was broader and had a larger impact on girls and the entire organization than for the Appreciation Pin or Honor Pin
  • Provided outstanding service that benefited the entire council and furthers the council's overall mission and goals to serve all girls and increase diversity, membership, visibility and/or program participation
  • Service went above and beyond what is expected for the position held
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Thanks Badge nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Thanks Badge II

The Thanks Badge II recognizes adult members who have already received the Thanks Badge and have continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the entire council, providing further exemplary service in a leadership role which resulted in a measurable impact benefitting the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing
  • Already received the Thanks Badge
  • Service was broader than for a Thanks Badge award and had a continued impact on all girls and the entire organization
  • Service went above and beyond the expectations for the position held
  • Since receipt of the Thanks Badge, has continued outstanding service by:
    • Increasing her/his sphere of influence to serve all girls and increase diversity, membership, visibility and/or program participation and/or
    • Continuing to use her/his skills and talents to benefit the entire council supporting the overall mission
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Thanks Badge II nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
Volunteer of Excellence Award
The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes 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.
Candidate criteria
  • Active Girl Scout volunteer in good standing
  • Successfully completed a term of service and the requirements for the position
  • Performed above and beyond expectations for their position
  • Performance has supported the council’s mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas:
    • Membership development/community cultivation
    • Volunteer relations and support
    • Program leadership and governance
    • Fund development
    • Council support service (such as IT, customer service, marketing, property, etc.)
  • Actively recognizes, understands and practices the values of inclusive behavior
Nomination process
  • Use online form to submit the Volunteer of Excellence nomination with two endorsements.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator) who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and endorsements and approves or denies the award. The volunteer services team notifies the nominators of acceptance or denial and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition

Service unit awards

Service unit awards recognize contributions from local leaders and community partners and are presented at the service unit’s end-of-year recognitions event.

Submit all nomination paperwork to your service unit recognitions chair for processing before the event. Ask her or him for specific deadlines. Once approved, recognitions chairpersons will present Award of Distinction certificates using this downloadable template.

Awards of Distinction recognize adult volunteers who have completed appropriate training and carried out the duties and responsibilities for their positions.

The Spirit Award recognizes non-member individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses that offer service or non-monetary support to your service unit.


Service unit recognitions chairs

Service unit recognitions chairs manage adult volunteer awards for their area. If you are a recognitions chair, you can reference the Adult Recognitions Council Award Guide. If you'd like more information on becoming a service unit recognitions chair, contact your service unit manager.