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Adult Recognition Awards

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

Council awards

Council awards are presented at our Volunteer Conference and Celebration in August. These awards require a nomination and two endorsements, to be turned in to the service unit recognition chair or volunteer support coordinator.

Complete packets are due to our Balboa Campus by April 30. See our award guide and tips on writing nominations.

Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes adults who have delivered outstanding service to one or more service unit areas.
Nomination Download .PDF File |  Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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, and visibility and/or program participation.
  • Service goes above and beyond the expectations for the position held.
Nomination process
  • Submit the Appreciation Pin nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review.
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
  • Square golden pin depicting the Girl Scout logo
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration 
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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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 SanDiego girls and/or volunteers at a service unit, regional or council level.
Nomination process
  • Submit the Cookie Award nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review.
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
  • Personalized silver plate with the Girl Scout logo
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration
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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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
  • Submit the Family Award nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
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
  • Personalized plaque with the family’s name and Girl Scout logo
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration 
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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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
  • Submit the Friendship Award nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
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
  • Personalized globe-shaped trophy with the Girl Scout logo
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration 
Honor Pin

The Honor Pin is presented for outstanding service to two or more service unit areas or program delivery audiences.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

Candidate criteria
  • Serves a broader area and has 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 goes above and beyond the expectations of the position they hold.
Nomination process
  • Submit the Honor Pin nomination packet with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
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 denials and notifies candidates of acceptance.

Form of recognition
  • Green enamel pin with a gold-tone trefoil design circled by a laurel wreath
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration 
Membership Numeral Guards & Years of Service Recognitions

Membership Numeral Guards & Years of Service Recognitions 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: Our council provides pins free of charge. Members simply need to fill out the form. The 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. | Application 

Application process
  • Deadline: A service unit must achieve goals by June 30 and submit an application by July 15 in order to receive recognition at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration in August. A service unit may still submit an application by Oct. 15 if it reaches its goals by the end of the membership year (Sept. 30).
  • Nomination: Members of the service unit leadership team submit an application to their service unit support specialist documenting completion of criteria.
Approval

Service unit support specialist reviews application and forwards approved applications to volunteer services. 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
  • A gift certificate is awarded to service units achieving the President’s Award, to use in any way they see fit.
  • 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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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
  • Submit the SHARE nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
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
  • Square silver pin depicting the Girl Scout logo and the word SHARE
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration
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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout member in good standing.
  • Service is broader and has a larger impact on girls and the entire organization than for the Appreciation Pin or Honor Pin.
  • Provided outstanding service that benefits 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
  • Submit the Thanks Badge nomination packet with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar wth the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review.
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
  • Gold-filled enamel disc that can be used as a pin or worn on a ribbon
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration
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.
Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

Candidate criteria
  • Registered Girl Scout adult member in good standing.
  • Already received the Thanks Badge.
  • Service is broader than for a Thanks Badge award and has 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 useher/his skills and talents to benefit the entire council supporting the overall mission
Nomination process
  • Submit the Thanks Badge ll nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements are from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
Approval

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

Form of recognition
  • Similar to the Thanks Badge, it has a blue band inside a gold band and red stone in the center.
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration.
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.

Nomination Download .PDF File | Endorsement Download .PDF File | Printable overview 

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
    • Programs o 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
  • Submit the Volunteer of Excellence Award nomination with two endorsements to Girl Scouts San Diego.
  • Endorsements must be from two individuals or groups (other than the nominator), who are familiar with the service performed by the candidate.
  • Nomination will be given to the recognitions task group for review. 
Approval

The recognitions task group reviews the nomination form and the two 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
  • Silver circular pin with the Girl Scout logo
  • Presented annually at the Volunteer Conference and Celebration 

Service unit awards

Service unit awards are a way to recognize your local leaders and community partners. They 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.

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

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 in Girl Scouting manual; if you'd like to be one, contact your service unit manager to learn more about this role.