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.
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.
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.
Years of Membership Pin
Thanks Badge II
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Recognitions
Council recognitions are awarded to individuals and teams based on length and level of service.
GSEMA 5 or 10 Year Sustained Service Pin
Helen Storrow Heritage Award
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. Service unit volunteer appreciation events may include recognition at town-wide bridging ceremonies, year-end leader appreciation dinners, or investiture and rededication ceremonies in the fall. If your service unit would like support at local volunteer appreciation events, contact Customer Care to be connected with the volunteer engagement team or volunteer recognitions committee.
Volunteer of Excellence (GSUSA)
Soaring Through the Ranks Certificate (GSEMA)
Green & Growing Award (GSEMA)
Make New Friends Community Certificate (GSEMA)
Other Fun & Easy Ways to Say "Thank You"
- Download a customizable certificate without border to print on paper with decorative border
- Download a customizable certificate with border design to print on plain paper
- View a sample certificate
If you have any questions, please contact Customer Care at CustomerCare@gsema.org or at 844-306-GSEM (4736).