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Adult Recognition Awards

Awards show recipients they are noticed and appreciated. You can participate in thanking and recognizing those adults who make a difference in the lives of girls by nominating someone you know for a council or service unit level award.

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.

Council Awards

Council awards are presented at our Volunteer Conference and Celebration in August. These awards require a nomination and two endorsements. The official paperwork must be filled out and turned into 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.

Click on each award for additional information, award criteria and nomination forms.

  • Appreciation Pin recognizes adults who have delivered outstanding service to one or more service unit areas.
    Nomination Download .PDF File |  Endorsement Download .PDF File 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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. Members can purchase pins at council stores. For years 15 and above, council provides pins free of charge. Members simply need to fill out the form.
  • President's Award Application recognizes the efforts demonstrated by an entire service unit to enhance Girl Scouting in its community during a membership year.
  • 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 
  • Thanks Badge recognizes adult members whose truly outstanding performance has benefited the entire council. The Thanks Badge recognizes members 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 
  • 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. The Thanks Badge II recognizes a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide 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 
  • 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

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.