Annual Recognitions Awards

Deadline for nominations is February 15th.

You always thought you’d like to express your appreciation. We want to, too! It doesn’t take a lot of time to nominate a wonderful volunteer (or volunteers just like YOU) who are helping pave the pathway for girls that will make a difference in our World! 

Annual Recognitions Awards

There are seven (7) different awards that honor the efforts of the various people who extend themselves on behalf of Girl Scouts.  Please nominate a volunteer, troop leader, or parent that you know always goes “above and beyond” for girls and Girl Scouts! There are opportunities for newer volunteers as well as those who have provided exceptional service at the service unit and council level for years. Anyone can nominate, the process is simple, and nominations and endorsements can be submitted directly online or via paper forms!

Volunteer recognition awardees will be honored at our Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner.

The grid below (click here for pdf format) details the descriptions of all formal GSUSA and GSCWM volunteer recognitions currently awarded at the council, national or service unit level. Note: GSCWM has adopted the new GSUSA Awards this year. Please be sure to review to understand the new opportunities and changes. 

Community Certificate
Girl Scouts of Central and Western MA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

For organizations, businesses and non- Girl Scout individuals

  • For significant contribution and support to Girl Scouts on a continual or one time basis.
  • Appropriate for thanking sites who host meetings, cookie booths, large events, etc.
  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a business or non-Girl Scout for this award
  • Requires one nomination submitted directly to the service unit team
  • NEW: The Service Unit Team approves nominations.
Volunteer of Excellence
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through use of the National Program Portfolio;

OR

who contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery goals

  • Active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • Completed appropriate training or demonstrated competence for the position or both.
  • Actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

    AND

  • Performed beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio,

    OR

  • Performance has been beyond the expectations of the position and has supported the council’s strategic priorities in one or more of the following areas:
    • Membership
      Community
    • Development
    • Volunteer Support
    • Marketing
      Fund
    • Development
    • Council Support
    • Communications
    • Program
    • Leadership & Governance
  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a GS adult member for this award
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires two(2) letters of endorsement from persons other than the nominator
  • Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Appreciation Pin
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Volunteer giving exemplary service in support of the GSLE which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service

  • Active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • Actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.
  • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and has helped the council reach and surpass its strategic priorities in one geographic area of service.
  • Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).

 

  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a GS adult member for this award
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires three(3) letters of endorsement from persons other than the nominator
  • Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Honor Pin
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Volunteer giving exemplary service in support of the GSLE which has had measurable impact on at least two geographic areas of service

  • Active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • Actively recognizes, understand, and practice the values of inclusive behavior.
  • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and has helped the council reach and surpass its strategic priorities in two or more geographic areas of service.
  • Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).
  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a GS adult member for this award
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires three(3) letters of endorsement from persons other than the nominator
  • Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Thanks Badge
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Volunteer 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.

  • Active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • Actively recognizes, understand, and practice the values of inclusive behavior.
  • The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the total council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.
  • Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience

 

  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a GS adult member for this award
  • Service is so significant that no other award seems appropriate
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires four(4) letters of endorsement from persons other than the nominator
  • Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Thanks Badge II
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • The nominee has received the Thanks Badge.
  • Since receipt of the Thanks Badge, the nominee has provided outstanding service in a leadership role resulting in outcomes that benefitted the entire council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.
  • Any registered Girl Scout member may nominate a GS adult member for this award
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires four(4) letters of endorsement from persons other than the nominator
  • Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

The Juliette Low World Friendship Medal is awarded to volunteers and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens. This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors.

  • Impact on girls: The nominee’s efforts include girl involvement resulting in increased opportunities for girl-led global opportunities and Take Action projects resulting in significant global impact.
  • Commitment: The nominee has demonstrated dedication and commitment over a significant amount of time by continuously promoting and expanding the global dimension of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting. The nominee has promoted the Juliette Low World Friendship fund or other global Girl Scouting funding opportunities.
  • Global awareness: The nominee has created and promoted resources and opportunities that increase the understanding of the global dimension of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to the council and the larger community.
  • Leadership: The nominee is recognized by girl and adult members, and the larger community, as a leader who leverages the global impact of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting.
  • Membership: The nominee is a current registered Girl Scout adult member in a council or USA Girl Scouts Overseas.
  • Any person or council may nominate a GS adult member for this award.
  • Contact volunteerism@gscwm.org  for the nomination form and further information
  • Requires two (2) letters of endorsement
  • The National Board of Directors’ approves or denies nominations

 

Membership Anniversary Request

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

Recognizes years of membership in any Girl Scout council. Recognizes the total years of membership by adults, including girl and adult years at five year intervals.

  • Registered Adult Girl Scout

 

 

  • Any registered Girl Scout member may submit a Membership Anniversary Request for an adult Girl Scout member
  • Service Unit team representatives  (i.e. registrar) are encouraged to submit  a Membership Anniversary request for active volunteers within their service units
  • Requires one request
  • Girl Scout adults who have reached milestones in membership of 20 years or more (20, 25, 30, 35, etc.) will be presented with a pin at the council’s recognition event.
  • Adults who have been members for 5, 10, and 15 years will receive mention in the council’s recognition event program and a certificate. Pins for these anniversaries may be purchased via council service centers.
President's Award
Girl Scouts of the USA Award

Who

Criteria

Nomination, Approval and Award Process

The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.

  • All service-team members are registered Girl Scouts.
  • All service-team members have met all requirements and expectations of the positions held.
  • The service-delivery team has significantly contributed to meeting one or more of the council’s strategic priorities.
  • The service-delivery team reflects the diversity of the target audience or area it serves, in girl and adult membership, in all pathways offered.
  • The service-delivery team actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

Coming next year (2014)!

 

Recognitions awarded at the service unit may be submitted directly to the service unit for approval and presentation. For service units without a service unit team, please submit your nomination to your Volunteer Development Specialist.  Nominations and endorsements for council-level awards are presented to the volunteer-led, Volunteer Recognition Committee for approval and selection. Those submissions are processed by this committee, who recommends to the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts which nominees should receive which awards.

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