Adult Recognitions
GSUSA & Girl Scouts of Maine Recognitions for Adults 

“Recognition is not an event as much as it is an ongoing process where people are constantly on the alert for meaningful ways to say ‘good job’ and ‘thank you’. 
~ Sue Vineyard

Adult Awards in Girl Scouting

Everyone likes to feel appreciated for a job well done. Whether in the form of a simple thank you for a small job well done or a formal commendation for years of faithful service in a key position of an organization, such acknowledgement is a signal that she or he is noticed and appreciated—that she or he is RECOGNIZED.

Recognition is a way to encourage and celebrate successes. Recognition or appreciation of volunteers in Girl Scouts could happen in many ways. Some possible ideas are:

  • Well-run leader meetings that show consideration for busy schedules
  • Pairing a new person with an experienced one as a resource and support
  • Welcoming and greeting people at meetings – calling them by name
  • Sending an occasional hand-written thank-you note, holiday, or birthday card
  • Presenting awards throughout the year– not just at the end of the year
  • Saying “Thank You” often and sincerely
  • Refreshments, fun table favors, and inspirational words at leader meetings
  • Asking for ideas and suggestions; including volunteers in decision-making where possible

Most people think of pins, plaques, and other awards when considering how to recognize the work someone has done. Usually the presentation of these awards takes place at a celebration at the end of the year. This can happen in many ways from a formal dinner to a dessert and tea. Typical awards given at this time include:

    • Numeral Guards and Years of Service Pins
    • Position Bars
    • Volunteere Excellence Award

Information about awards including criteria and approval process is detailed in the Adult Recognitions at-a-glance. If you have questions or if you are looking for ideas on appropriate ways to honor an adult Girl Scout, please contact your Neighborhood Adult Recognitions Chairperson (“ARC Member”). This volunteer will work closely with you in promoting adult recognition and ordering any awards.

Adult Recognition Awards

Click the links to download the appropriate forms needed for each award