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Volunteer Recognition & Awards

Now accepting nominations through January 16, 2019!

The Volunteer Awards thank and recognize the adults who make a difference in the lives of the girls in our Girl Scouts of Eastern PA community. Awards range from local service unit recognitions, to annual council-level and even national awards. Any Girl Scout troop, service unit, council, or individual can nominate a volunteer for an award.

National & Council Level Awards- Presented at the annual Volunteer AwardsAppreciation pin, Honor pin, Super Service Unit award, Go-Getter Award, Innovator award, Risk-Taker award, Leader award, Lights of Loyalty award, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II, Gertrude K. McGonigle award, the Girl Scouts of Eastern PA award, Friend of Girl Scouts of Eastern PA award, Leadership Knot, Service Unit Growth, Service Unit Retention, and longevity awards -Numeral Guards (35+ years) and Years of Service (25+ years).

Service Unit Level Awards- Presented locally, at the date and location determined by each service unit: Volunteer of Excellence, Friend of Girl Scouts Service Unit, and longevity awards -Numeral Guards (5-30 years) and Years of Service (5-20 years).

National and Council Level Awards

Nominating a Volunteer
  1. Review full award descriptions and requirements in the 2019 Chart of Awards
  2. Review the Nomination How-To Guide and Tips & the Tricks for Strong Nominations & Endorsements 
  3. Submit the online nomination form via Smarter Select
  4. Recruit endorsers to complete and submit the required endorsements
National Awards

Having a dedicated corps of volunteers is instrumental in delivering the mission of Girl Scouts. Thank volunteers and community partners who make a difference in the lives of girls by nominating them for one of GSUSA's High Achievement Awards. 

Appreciation Pin An individual whose service goes above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, to further GSEP council goals, within their service unit/area
Honor Pin An individual whose service goes above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, to further GSEP council goals, within at least two (2) service unit/areas
Thanks Badge An individual who demonstrates ongoing commitment to leadership by providing exceptional service that benefits the total council or entire Girl Scout movement
Thanks Badge II Thanks Badge recepient who has sustained or increased services to the total council or the Girl Scout movement  
Council Awards

Council awards criteria are established by GSEP and focus on leadership, implementation of goals, acceptance of responsibility, and consistent follow-through. Guidelines and descriptions are listed below for each award. 

For Individuals

Go-Getter An individual who puts their goals into action, pursues leadership positions, and perseveres through challenges. 
Innovator An individual who creatively implements solutions, brings new ideas that benefit a troop or service unit, or provides a "spark" to enhance current activities or events. 
Risk-Taker An individual who seeks new adventures and experiences, steps outside their comfort zone, or takes positive action in the community.
Leader An individual who listens to opinions, handles conflict with compassion, and works hard to bring positive change to the world.
Super Service Unit Service unit team member whose service goes above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held. 
Diversity An individual who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to promoting diversity in her community, service unit, or council. 
Lights of Loyalty An individual whose long-term commitment to Girl Scouting has spanned 30 plus years of adult service. 
Gertrude K. McGonigle An individual whose long-term commitment to Girl Scouting has spanned 10 plus years, and has proven to be a positive role model while working directly with girls.  Bowl
GSEP GSEP's highest award for an individual whose remarkable dedication and service benefits the entire council and spans 10 or more years. 

  For Organizations and Businesses

Support from the community for Girl Scouting efforts is essential, from offering meeting or event space, to donating goods towards highest award projects, our communities help our girls meet their goals and improve the world in which we live. 

Friend of GSEP Company or organization (one per county) within council jurisdiction that supports GSEP by providing meeting space, hosting programs, priving financial support, or other means of visible support to the council Plaque

 For Service Units

Leadership Knot Award given by GSEP service unit who is fully committed to assisting their girls in earning their highest awards. Certificate
Service Unit Growth Awarded to the service unit with the greatest girl membership growth in the previous membership year. Plaque
Service Unit Retention Awarded to the service unit with the greatest girl member retention in the previous membership year. Plaque


Service Unit Level Awards

 Service unit awards are a way to recognize your local leaders and community partners. They are presented at the service unit's end-of-year recognition event. 

Service units decide on their own timeline to approve and present awards and typically appoint a Recognitions Coordinator who will ensure that volunteers are recognized in their service unit. 

Please do not send nominations for Service Unit Level Awards to the council offices.

Nominating a Volunteer
  1. Review full award descriptions and requirements in the Service Unit Chart of Awards
  2. Recruit endorsers to complete the required recommendations 
  3. Complete and submit the nomination form along with its endorsements to the service unit
  4. The Service Unit Recognition Chair (or appointee) submits the completed nomination packet to the retail shop for purchasing the awards
Awards
Volunteer of Excellence A GSUSA award that recognizes an individual whose outstanding service extends beyond the the role of a troop leader, directly impacting girl experience or council goals. 
Friend of GSEP SU A GSUSA award recognizing a company, organization, or individual that supports Girl Scouting in their community. Certificate

A heartfelt thank you goes a long way towards making a person feel appreciated. Did you know that service units can develop their own awards to recognize and honor their volunteers? These can range from awards for troop leaders, to parent helpers, and more. How about the "First Responder" who is the go-to volunteer and always ready to go when needed; or "The Traveler" for the leader who submitted the most trip forms? Have fun and be creative!


Membership Numeral Guards/Years of Service

These two awards showcase the hardwork and dedication our volunteers have given to Girl Scouts throughout the years. Depending on the level of achievement these awards are either presented at the yearly Volunteer Awards or at the Service Unit level. 

Awards
Years of Service Pin Recognizes an adult volunteer's dedication to Girl Scouting. The candidate must be a registered Girl Scout. Years do not need to be consecutive, and pins are available in five-year increments.   
Numeral Guard Pin Recognizes an individual for their total years of registered membership, including years as a girl AND as an adult member. The candidate must be a registered Girl Scout. Years do not need to be consecutive, and pins are available in five-year increments.   
Numeral Guard (5-30 years)/Years of Service (5-20 years)

Numeral Guard (5-30 years)/Years of Service (5-20 years):

  • Records managed by the service unit - Your team would purchase the pins from the GSEP Retail Shop and present them to your volunteers, typically at a spring leader meeting or event. 
  • Deadline - determined by your service unit. 

Form: Click Here

Next Steps: Simply reference your email address used for the web form to our retail staff when purchasing the pins. The shop will collect the information and send it to the Training team and we'll enter the recipients into our system for volunteers' records. 

Numeral Guard (35 years or more)/Years of Service (25 years or more)

Numeral Guard (35 years or more)/Years of Service (25 years or more):

  • Records managed by the service unit - Purchased and presented by GSEP at the annual Volunteer Awards Celebration. 
  • Deadline - January 16, 2019

Form: Click Here 

Next Steps: The Training & Events team will process the council-wide requests and ensure all of the individuals listed are specially invited to the event and recognized with their pin(s) if submitted before the deadline. 


Informal Recognition

 Recognition - do it often and make it meaningful. Informal recognitions are day-to-day ways to say "thank you" to volunteers. Get creative, there are so many amazing ideas! These sincere expressions of appreciation are based on specific contributions and are given in a timely manner. Informal recognition is powerful and effective, because volunteers feel valued by a personal touch. 

Little Ways to Say "Thank You"

Informal recognitions on the troop/group and individual levels are great ways to say "thank you" to volunteers today! These sincere expressions of appreciation can be powerful when given with a personal touch. Examples of meaningful, informal rewards include: 

  • A welcome or thank you letter or card
  • Skill building learning opportunities (For example, how to use social media to network)
  • A recommendation for a promotion
  • Sending a volunteer's supervisor or CEO a letter recognizing her/his contributions
  • Complimenting a volunteer's work to a supervisor or co-worker (in the volunteer's presence)
  • Shwoing interest in a volunteer's personal life (such as asking about a volunteer's grandchild or weekend plans)
  • Girl Scout tokens - check the Girl Scout catalogue or visit a GSEP Retail Shop
  • Celebrate Leader Appreciation Day on April 22
  • Certificates
  • Personal handwritten note cards
  • Scrapbook
  • Telephone call
  • Electronic greeting cards
  • Flowers
  • Framed photo or picture collage
  • Themed recognitions (hearts, shamrocks, stars, angels)
  • Fun awards (wishbone, funny bone, backbone, hats, gems and rocks, hand, puzzle piece)
  • One minute praise to say thanks

If you have any questions about how to thank your volunteers, please email us


Question & Answer Sessions

 Do you have questions about the Volunteer Awards process?  Join Training & Events staff for live Q&A sessions from the comfort of your own home.  This informal opportunity connects staff and volunteers for real-time discussions and demonstrations.  See below for a complete schedule of sessions.

Q&A Session Schedule

How do I sign up?  There is no pre-registration necessary!  Just join in by clicking the appropriate session’s link.  Go-To-Meeting will guide you through.  It’s that simple! 

Volunteer Awards Q&A Lunchtime Session
Wed, Dec 5, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/897704149 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (571) 317-3112

Access Code: 897-704-149 

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? 
Dial: 67.217.95.2##897704149
Cisco devices: 897704149@67.217.95.2

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:
https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check


Volunteer Awards Q&A Evening Session 12/5/18 

Wed, Dec 5, 2018 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/294141741 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (646) 749-3112

Access Code: 294-141-741 

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? 
Dial: 67.217.95.2##294141741
Cisco devices: 294141741@67.217.95.2

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:
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Volunteer Awards Q&A Lunchtime Session 1/7/19 

Mon, Jan 7, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/707254549 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (872) 240-3311

Access Code: 707-254-549 

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? 
Dial: 67.217.95.2##707254549
Cisco devices: 707254549@67.217.95.2

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:
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Volunteer Awards Q&A Evening Session 1/7/19 

Mon, Jan 7, 2019 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM EST

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone. 
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/726932373 

You can also dial in using your phone. 
United States: +1 (224) 501-3412

Access Code: 726-932-373 

Joining from a video-conferencing room or system? 
Dial: 67.217.95.2##726932373
Cisco devices: 726932373@67.217.95.2

First GoToMeeting? Let's do a quick system check:
https://link.gotomeeting.com/system-check


Need a Replacement?

 Did you receive a Volunteer Award, Numeral Guard, or Years of Service Pin, but lost it? Click here to fill out our Volunteer Award Pin Replacement form and we'll be in touch shortly to discuss replacing your pin!