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Adult Recognitions and Awards

Adult Recognition is a special way of saying “thank you” to adult volunteers or staff in any position in Girl Scouting and people and organizations outside of Girl Scouting who provide invaluable support.

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Volunteer of the Month

It’s been over six decades since Cheryl Heneveld was a Brownie Girl Scout in her native California, but a close encounter with greatness no doubt influenced her life’s path. The Enosburg Falls, VT resident says it seems like only yesterday that she met Olave Baden-Powell, World Chief Guide and wife of Lord Baden-Powell, founder of the modern Scouting movement, “I can still see her, with her Dalai Lama smile.” Read more about Cheryl in our news article.

Know an awesome volunteer? Nominate them as a future Volunteer of the Month HERE.


Formal Recognitions

Awards that are presented for truly significant service in Girl Scouting. These GSUSA awards recognize outstanding accomplishments that go well beyond what would be expected for the position held. 

The Volunteer of Excellence Award is a GSUSA award which may be presented at any time of the year by the Community team.  

The Appreciation PinHonor PinThanks Badge and Thanks Badge II are GSUSA awards approved by the Adult Recognitions Task Group and the Board of Directors. They must be submitted no later than the first Friday in September. Fill out a nomination form here .


Other Ways To Say Thank You

Tokens of thanks that are presented informally at local service units, troop meetings, or by committees or task groups. Some ways to say “thank you” could be:

  • A framed photograph
  • A published thank-you statement in a Girl Scout publication, website, or newsletter
  • A special citation read at a meeting
  • Special awards developed by the Service Unit team or committee
  • Fun awards or gifts that have a theme, aka: note cards (“for a noteworthy achievement”)