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Adult Recognitions

Nominations for the 2020 Adult Recognitions open.

Adult members make Girl Scouting happen! Our adult members help Girl Scouts unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader) and make events possible for all Girl Scouts. 

We recognize and appreciate the time and effort our volunteers expend and we strive to honor their dedication and contributions to improving the lives of girls and to making the world a better place.

Do you know an adult member who deserves to be recognized?

Girl Scouts values ALL adult members and recognizes the contribution they make in developing girl leaders. Girl Scout Adult Recognitions are awarded to adult members who provide exemplary service and go above and beyond the expectations of their volunteer role.

Volunteers and staff within Girl Scouts Heart of Central California are encouraged to nominate adult volunteers for Girl Scouts of the USA Adult Recognitions.

We honor those whose outstanding performance and contributions have become key to the success of our programs, projects, and events - helping girls build confidence, increase skills, and reach their full potential. 

How to Nominate an Adult Volunteer 

Numbers 1 icon Review the award descriptions Adult Recognitions At-A-Glance

Number 2 icon Complete and submit the Volunteer of Excellence Award nomination form.

GSUSA - Board Approved Recognitions

Board Approved Recognitions consist of the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge and Thanks Badge II. These recognitions require approval by the council’s board of directors and are considered the highest awards given to adults in Girl Scouting. These awards recognize service that is extraordinary, goes above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, and benefits a wide audience. Click here for additional information and specific award criteria.  

The deadline for nominations is Thursday, October 1 at 11:59 p.m. Nominations will be reviewed by the council board of directors and those approved will be presented with the award at the council Annual Meeting in February 2020.

Please Note: 
Nomination decisions are based solely upon the information provided in the Online Nomination Form and accompanying Endorsement Forms. To increase the likelihood of a nominee receiving an award, please review the full award criteria in the  Adult Recognitions At-A-Glance and our tip sheet for Writing a Strong Award Nomination.

Service Unit Approved Recognitions

The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes an adult volunteer who has contributed outstanding service either directly to girls or in support of the council’s goals in one or more functional areas. The nominee’s performance has been beyond the expectations for the position(s) held. Appropriate candidates for this award might include, but are not limited to: troop leaders, service team members, day camp directors, learning facilitators, council program volunteers, and council fund development volunteers.

Complete and submit the Volunteer of Excellence Award nomination form.

Years of Membership/Service

Years of Membership and Years of Service
Pins recognizing years of membership and years of service are available in five year increments for adult members. 

To request a Years of Service or Years of Membership pin presentation at the 2019 Annual Meeting, Please submit your online request by January 11, 2019.

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Year Pins
Pins may be given to adults/purchased by adults who have been members for at least 5 years (total of years as a girl member and years as an adult member). Individually registered, as well as troop affiliated adults are eligible.

The council makes a special presentation at the council’s annual meeting in February to “long term” members (starting at 20 years) to acknowledge their dedication and service.

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Years of Service
Pins may be given to adults/purchased by adults who have given a minimum of 5 years of active service as adult volunteers.


To increase the likelihood of a nominee receiving an award, please  review the full award criteria in the Adult Recognitions At-A-Glance and our tip sheet for Writing a Strong Award Nomination.

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