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Volunteer Recognition

Volunteer Appreciation

Volunteers are the heart of our organization, and we show our appreciation at events specifically planned for them. Through our Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, certificates of appreciation, social and traditional media visibility, and program-based recognitions, we celebrate the dedication and skill of our 15,000 volunteers. Peers and staff nominate outstanding volunteers for a variety of recognitions as described below.

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Nomination deadline is February 15, 2018.

GSUSA Recognitions

Volunteer recognition pins are awarded at the council level based on an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on mission delivery in one (or more) geographic areas of service. Volunteers are eligible every three years. For example, a volunteer who received a council-level award during or after 2016 would not be eligible in 2018 for recognition at the council level. GSUSA recognitions are not progressive recognitions, with the exception of the Thanks Badge II, which requires previous recognition with the Thanks Badge.

Check out our tips for writing strong nominations.

Years of Membership Pin

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts is dedicated to honoring our long-term volunteers with Years of Membership Pins at our annual volunteer recognition event. Volunteers celebrating their anniversary year may receive their 20 or more Years of Membership Pin (in five year increments) at the luncheon. Volunteers celebrating their anniversary year of 50 years or more (in five year increments) may attend the luncheon as our honored guests. Volunteers must self-identify that it is their anniversary year, which combines both girl and adult membership years, by completing this form. Years of Membership Pins will only be presented to luncheon attendees on their actual anniversary year. For those who are unable to attend the luncheon, Years of Membership Pins are available for purchase at the Girl Scout Shop. Prior approval is not needed for shop purchases.

Appreciation Pin

Who is eligible:

A volunteer who actively provides exemplary service in support of the GSLE to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Makes significant contributions to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in one geographic area
  • Recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires one endorsement
  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Honor Pin

Who is eligible:

A volunteer who actively provides outstanding service in support of the GSLE in two or more geographic areas.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Makes significant contributions to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas
  • Recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE

Nomination, approval and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member for this award
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires one endorsement
  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Thanks Badge

Who is eligible:

A volunteer whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or Girl Scout Movement.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE
  • Provides service so significant, no other GSUSA award is adequate
  • Takes a leadership role at the council level in one or more of the following areas during the previous four years:
    • Increasing membership growth and retention
    • Increasing the percentage of adult-generated council funding
    • Increasing innovative program opportunities council-wide
    • Developing a broad participation in policy-influencing decisions through the democratic process
    • Ensuring that inclusive behavior is recognized, understood, and practiced at all levels

Nomination, approval and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires one endorsement
  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Thanks Badge II

Who is eligible:

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

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE
  • Provides service so significant, no other GSUSA award is adequate
  • Continues to provide distinguished service by taking a leadership role in developing a model that has been replicated at the national level in one or more of the following areas during the previous three years:
    • Membership
    • Community Development
    • Volunteer Support
    • Marketing
    • Fund Development
    • Council Support
    • Communications
    • Program
    • Leadership & Governance

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires three endorsements
  • Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Recognitions

Council recognitions are awarded to individuals and teams based on length and level of service.

President’s Award

Who is eligible:

A geographic-area team, service unit, service-delivery team, or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the GSLE surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.

Criteria:

  • Is a team of registered and active Girl Scout adult members
  • Includes girl members in the planning and execution of service unit, team, or committee goals
  • Makes significant contributions to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility
  • Reflects the diversity of the area it services
  • Recognizes, understands, and practices values of inclusive behavior
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate a Girl Scout group
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires three letters of endorsement:
    • Two letters of endorsement may be written by community members, Girl Scout volunteers, girls, or families
    • One letter of endorsement must come from a staff member
  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
GSEMA 5 or 10 Year Sustained Service Pin

Who is eligible:

A volunteer who actively provides valuable service to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for five to nine, or ten or more consecutive years since having received a prior GSUSA award.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Is a prior GSUSA award recipient in the past 5+ years
  • Completes appropriate training for the position
  • Supports the delivery of the GSLE
  • Performs at a level that exceeds expectations of the position description for one of the following areas:
    • Membership
    • Community Development
    • Volunteer Support
    • Marketing
    • Fund Development
    • Council Support
    • Communications
    • Program
    • Leadership & Governance

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member
  • Requires one nomination
  • Requires one endorsement
  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
Helen Storrow Heritage Award

Who is eligible:

A registered Girl Scout member or committee who has contributed to GSEMA’s growth and strength through philanthropy and efforts to preserve the vast history and legacy of GSEMA.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Demonstrates financial contributions to help maintain the financial stability and growth of the council
  • Commits to preserving the rich history and legacy of GSEMA
  • Supports and seeks to further the delivery of the GSLE
  • Recognizes, understands, and practices the values of the Girl Scout mission

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • The GSEMA Board of Directors approves a nomination based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee and GSEMA Fund Development team

Service Unit Recognitions

Service unit recognitions are approved and presented at the service unit level and include both GSUSA and GSEMA recognitions. These recognitions are managed, paid for, and presented by service units at an event of their choosing.

Volunteer of Excellence (GSUSA)

Who is eligible:

A volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the GSLE through use of the National Program Portfolio; OR who has contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

Criteria:

  • Is a registered and active Girl Scout adult member
  • Completes appropriate training and/or demonstrated competence for the position
  • Performs beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio

OR

Supports the council’s mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas:

  • Membership
  • Community Development
  • Volunteer Support
  • Marketing
  • Fund Development
  • Council Support
  • Communications
  • Program
  • Leadership & Governance

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate an adult member
  • Requires one nomination submitted directly to the service unit
  • The service unit may appoint a committee to manage the process (deadlines, approval of nominations, and presentation of pins)
  • The service unit purchases awards at council shops and provides the awardees’ names to record the achievement in their membership records
Soaring Through the Ranks Certificate (GSEMA)

Who is eligible:

A registered Girl Scout troop volunteer

Criteria:

  • Volunteers with a Girl Scout troop
  • Completes appropriate training and/or demonstrated competence for the position(s)
  • Participates in service unit or council events or programs
  • Keeps troop(s) open to new members
  • Engages girls in the Girl Scout Cookie Program
  • Implements the GSLE within troop programming

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout, including girls, may nominate a qualifying adult member
  • Requires one nomination submitted directly to the service unit
  • The service unit may appoint a committee to manage the process (deadlines, approval of nominations, and presentation of certificates)
  • Certificate available online for free download (see additional resources below for certificate links)
  • The service unit provides awardee names to the council to record the achievement in their membership records
Green & Growing Award (GSEMA)

Who is eligible:

Troop Volunteers and Assistant Troop Volunteers

Criteria:

  • Has been a troop volunteer for less than two years
  • Completes the GSEMA learning plan: Girl Scouting 101, Troop Pathway Orientation, and appropriate level “Essentials”
  • Has participated in at least one service unit or council event or program
  • Keeps troop(s) open to new members
  • Shows commitment to the troop(s) by participating in spring membership renewal
  • Engages girls in the Girl Scout Cookie Program
  • Implements the GSLE within troop programming

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • Any Girl Scout may nominate a volunteer
  • Requires one nomination submitted directly to the service unit
  • The service unit may appoint a committee to manage the process (deadlines, approval of nominations, and presentation of pins)
  • The service unit purchases awards at council shops and provides awardee names to the council to record the achievement in their membership records
Make New Friends Community Certificate (GSEMA)

Who is eligible:

Individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses

Criteria:

  • Non-Girl Scouts who assist local Girl Scout troops or service units in any of the following ways:
    • Offers free meeting space
    • Donates food, materials, or money
    • Helps to further Girl Scouting in the community

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • No nomination or approval process necessary
  • Ongoing, no deadline
  • Two certificates available online for free download (photo or graphics)
  • Service units and troops give certificates at their discretion
  • Service units and troops purchase certificates at council shops
Other Fun & Easy Ways to Say "Thank You"

Who is eligible:

Troop or service unit volunteers, parents or community members

Criteria:

Small, inexpensive items with a card or certificate attached to explain the “award” including:

  • Lifesavers: “You’ve been a real LIFESAVER!”
  • Garden Gloves: “Thanks for digging in and lending a hand!”
  • Magic Wand: “You make magic happen for our service team!”

Nomination, approval, and award process:

  • No nomination process necessary
  • Ongoing, no deadline
  • View Fun and Easy Thank You Awards suggestions
  • Thanks can, and should, be given at any time or occasion to thank volunteers, parents, and community members who support the Girl Scout Community

Additional Resources

If you have any questions, please contact Customer care at CustomerCare@gsema.org or at 844-306-GSEM (4736).