Without our devoted adult volunteers, the Girl Scout movement would not exist. Everyone likes to feel appreciated for her or his volunteer service. Whether in the form of a simple thank you for a job well done or a formal commendation for years of faithful service in a key position, when volunteers know their time and energy are appreciated and that they are valued by Girl Scouts, they commit themselves to the organization. They also want to know that their service is helping the greater good – that together we made a difference in girls’ lives and, through our mission, made a difference in the world. Service units may appoint an adult recognitions chair to help facilitate the process.
Who to Consider for Recognitions
Adult volunteers in any position in Girl Scouting regardless of role and length of service. People and organizations outside Girl Scouting who provide invaluable support to Girl Scouting. it is especially important to remember those service unit managers and the committee members who planned and put on service unit events.
When and How to Recognize
Recognitions might be made on Girl Scout holidays, at service unit meetings, at troop meetings, at a special recognition event, immediately following services rendered, etc. When the recipient is recognized, it will make the expression of gratitude memorable. There are informal awards and formal awards for volunteers.
Nominate an individual for a National or Council Level Award or a Service Unit Level Award.
Girl Scout Leader Day
April 22 is official Girl Scout Leader day and honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers. Appreciation can be shown on this special day and all through the year.
Non-Girl Scout Adult Recognitions are available:
Adult Religious Awards: Adults who are actively involved in ministry to young people through service and involved in connecting their religion to Girl Scouts may earn awards. PRAY (Programs of Religious Activities with Youth) Publishing can guide you to the applications and processes for adult awards in all faiths. Contact them at: www.praypub.org
The President’s Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is a premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition. You may contact them at: www.presidentialserviceawards.gov
Informal recognitions are day-to-day ways to say “thank you” to volunteers; they are intangible benefits and heartfelt displays of recognition. These sincere expressions of appreciation are based on specific contributions and are given in a timely manner. Some ways to say thank you could include:
- A framed photograph of the Girl Scouts who participated in a particular project or event
- A thank you statement published in a Girl Scout publication, website or Yahoo! group newsletter
- Flowers presented at a meeting
- Cards made by the girls
- Electronic greeting cards
- Virtual flowers
- A special citation read at a meeting
- Fun awards such as a breath mint (you take my breath away), note cards (for a noteworthy achievement), or batteries (you’ve added energy to our group)