Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there adult recognition awards?
Girl Scouts San Diego is privileged to partner with a
dedicated group of volunteers who deliver programs and services to
girls every day. The adult recognition awards honor volunteers'
contributions and years of service to Girl Scouting. Volunteers do
not give of their time and talent just to receive recognition. They
come to Girl Scouts to work with girls, learn and grow themselves,
make friends and give to the wider community. Our council promotes
adult recognition as just one way to show volunteers how much they
Who should I consider for recognition?
Everyone! Any adult Girl Scout in any volunteer position, as
well as families and organizations in the community who provide
invaluable support to Girl Scouting.
How often are awards presented?
Since volunteers work year-round, they should receive
recognition of their accomplishments throughout the year. Council
level awards are presented each August at the Volunteer Conference
and Celebration. Volunteers who make outstanding contributions to
their service unit are recognized at service unit recognition
What is the recognitions task group?
The recognitions task group consists of four to six
recognitions chairs, council delegates or other Girl Scout
volunteers who review, discuss and approve nominations for council
level awards. The group is appointed each year and meets two to
three times in May and June.
Is there a prerequisite for the awards or an order in which
awards must be received?
Candidates must have received the Thanks Badge before
qualifying for the Thanks Badge II. Most other awards are not given
in any predetermined order, and are granted based on the group
receiving the service. If the criteria are met, an individual may
receive a council level service award even if she/he has never been
a leader or in a service unit.
How do I nominate someone for an award?
You will need to complete the appropriate nomination form and
then recruit people to write letters of endorsement. Nomination
forms are available on the Awards
Overview page. Clearly and specifically state the candidate's
personal achievements and how they meet the criteria for this
particular award. Type or print neatly. When recruiting people to
write endorsements, be sure to communicate when and to whom they
must submit the letters. View our
tips on writing nominations. Please note the nominators cannot
be the endorsers.
Who can nominate? Can staff or parents nominate volunteers for an award?
Anyone who has knowledge of the service performed may
nominate someone for an award. This includes parents, community
members, volunteers and staff. The same requirements for the
nomination process exist, no matter who does the nominating.
Can staff be nominated for awards?
No. These awards are for volunteer service of adult members
of Girl Scouts of the USA. If you would like to recognize a staff
member, a letter to her or his supervisor or the CEO is always
When do I need to turn in the nomination, and who gets it?
Completed packets are due at our Balboa Campus by April 30.
Check with your service unit recognitions chair for any deadlines
she or he may have to review forms before turning them in to
council. This gives the committee time to review the nominations,
receive Board approval if needed, and order the appropriate award.
Service units establish the due dates for service unit award
What should the endorsement letters say?
Be sure to share exactly what the volunteer has done, why it
is outstanding, and how it meets the criteria of the award. Remember
that this may be the reviewer’s only knowledge of the service and
the nominee. Many volunteers have had numerous jobs within the
service unit, region or council. Give relevant details that support
the specific award being considered.
How do I know what recognitions my nominee has received in the past?
Ask your service unit recognitions chair or contact the
Volunteer Services Team at (619) 610-0728.
What is the difference between the Numeral Guard and Years of Service?
The Numeral Guard is for the number of years a person has
been a member of the Girl Scout organization, including years as a
girl member. The Years of Service Award is given for the number of
years of active service as a registered adult volunteer. Both awards
are provided by council in five-year increments, beginning at 15
years. Members with fewer years may purchase the pins themselves at
each five-year increment, or the pins may be purchased and presented
by their service unit. If a member wishes to receive their pin at
the Volunteer Conference and Celebration they will need to submit a
form to the Volunteer Services Team by April 30.
If I have been a volunteer for 38 years, am I eligible to receive
the 35 Year Pin or the 40 Year Pin?
You would be eligible for the 35 Years of Service Pin this
year. When you reach 40 years, you would receive the 40 Year Pin. It
is always given in five-year increments to the last increment.
I'm not sure if a volunteer should receive the Appreciation Pin
or the Honor Pin. What is the difference?
The Appreciation Pin is awarded for outstanding service
delivered in a single service unit or program audience. The
Honor Pin is awarded for outstanding service that impacts two or
more service units or program audiences.
I have other questions; who should I ask?
You may ask your service unit recognitions chair or the
Volunteer Services Team at (619) 610-0728.