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Adult Recognitions and Awards

We have amazing, out-of-this-world volunteers serving girls across our 41 counties. Because of you, our girls reach for the stars and learn that being a Girl Scout is awesome. To recognize this dedication and service, there are several ways parents, girls, and fellow volunteers can say thank you!

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Council Awards and Recognitions

Council level adult awards and recognitions honor our volunteers for their outstanding service and contributions to our council, girls, and the entire Girl Scout Movement. Council-level adult recognitions and awards formally honor the outstanding contributions and exemplary years of service of our volunteers to the council and the Girl Scout Movement.

Nominations may be submitted by a volunteer’s peers, service unit team members, council staff, and even the girls themselves! The Adult Recognitions Task Group reviews all nominations and endorsements and selects each year’s award recipients from among the nominations received. The awards are then presented during the Adult Award and Recognitions Luncheon following the Annual Meeting in March. 

Nominating a volunteer is easy with our Council Level Adult Awards and Recognitions Guide and our nomination forms below.

Council Award Descriptions

Chief Executive Officer’s Award for Service Units

Criteria

Information for selection is shared with area teams each year.

Who to Consider

  • Service Unit Teams
Distinguished Service Award

Criteria

Girl Scout adult members, community partners and community organizations or groups who have shown dedication and distinguished service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience in their area/county.

Who to Consider

  • Registered Girl Scout Adult Members
  • Community Partners
  • Community Groups
Girl Scouts of the USA Appreciation Pin
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Criteria

Active Girl Scout adult members who have shown exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and whose service has had a measurable impact on one geographic area; service helps reach and surpass the goals of the area. 

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Service Unit Team Members
  • Facilitators
  • Co-Leaders
Girl Scouts of the USA Honor Pin
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Criteria

Active Girl Scout adult members who have shown outstanding service and who contribute to and impact the achievement of the Girl Scout Mission in two or more geographic areas, service units, or program delivery audiences.

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Service Unit Team Members
  • Facilitators
  • Co-Leaders
Girl Scouts of the USA Thanks Badge
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Criteria

Active Girl Scout adult members whose outstanding service results in outcomes that benefit the entire council or Girl Scout Movement, and is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award would be appropriate. It recognizes an individual whose on-going commitment, leadership, and service has an exceptional, measurable impact on the Girl Scout Mission.

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Service Unit Team Members
  • Facilitators
  • Co-Leaders
Girl Scouts of the USA Thanks Badge II
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Criteria

Active Girl Scout adult member who has previously received the Thanks Badge and whose outstanding service to GS-NCCP and/or the entire Girl Scout Movement continues to demonstrate exemplary, measurable service.

Who to Consider

Only Previous Thanks Badge Recipients

Leading the Way

Criteria

Active Girl Scout adult members whose outstanding service is inspiring to those around them and an example of an ideal Girl Scout volunteer.

Who to Consider

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  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
  • Service Unit Team Members
  • Facilitators
  • Co-Leaders

 

How it Works
Council nominations and endorsements for the 2020 Adult Awards and Recognitions Luncheon are now open!  For consideration, all packets must be complete with one nomination and two endorsements. Nominations and endorsements are due October 31, 2019.

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Tips for Nominations & Endorsements for Council Awards

Tips for Nominations and Endorsements for Council Awards
Tips for Nominations and Endorsements for Council Awards 
  • All nominations require one nomination and two endorsements; one person should complete and submit the nomination and two additional individuals should complete and submit the endorsements.
  • All nominators and endorsers will need the nominee’s name and contact information.

 All nominations and endorsements should reflect the nominee’s service for the previous program year (2018-2019).

Nominations and endorsements must be submitted by October 31

Tips for Writing Nominations and Endorsements
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Sample nominations
  • Sarah has served in many capacities on the service unit team including daisy consultant, event director, adult recognitions coordinator, and now as service unit manager. I am nominating her for the Appreciation Pin because of her many contributions as the area’s current service unit manager.
  • Teresa volunteers to organize events for the entire area, making the registration process smooth and easy and the events fun for all! This year she organized three new events: World Thinking Day, a Juliette Low Birthday party, and a county-wide Teen Camporee. This year’s Teen Camporee hosted over 150 girls from 3 different areas!
  • Lisa coordinated three journey workshops for leaders with 90 percent of the troop leaders in our area participating in these well-organized events
  • Lauren has assisted at three back-to-school nights to promote Girl Scouts to new families and has written several articles for our local paper in order to highlight the Girl Scout activities and programs in our area. Her efforts have helped to recruit new girls and families in our area and have helped build community engagement that supports the entire Girl Scout Movement.


In order for the Adult Recognitions Task Group to consider nominees for an award, nominations and endorsements should be clear, descriptive, and inclusive of all of the contributions of the nominee. All nominations or endorsements should include the following information:

Nominations & Endorsements Forms
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Area Level Recognition

Area level awards formally recognize volunteers at the local level and are presented at area appreciation events or celebrations.  Area awards are peer nominated, so the number of nominees relies heavily on nominations and endorsements from co-leaders, volunteers, or service unit team members. Nominations reflect the individual’s service and contributions during the current program year.

The Area Level Nomination Award process is as follows:

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Area Award Descriptions & More

Sponsorship Certificate

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any Girl Scout member(s) or community partner, organization or group who have provided materials, space or services to troop(s) at no charge to the troop, or Girl Scout event/program.

Who to Consider

  • Registered Girl Scout Adult Members
  • Community Partners
  • Community Groups
Certificate of Appreciation

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any Girl Scout adult member that has volunteered their time to serve the girls and/or other volunteers of the council.

Who to Consider

  • Troop Committee Members
  • Cookie Moms/Dads
  • Troop Treasurers
  • Co-Leaders

[This list is not inclusive of all possible award recipients]

New Leader Award

Description & Criteria

Recognizes all new Girl Scout co-leaders.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Completed one year of service as co-leader
  • Completed Volunteer Essentials training
  • Participated in fall product or cookie sale    

Who to Consider

  • New Troop Co-Leaders
Service Unit Award

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any member of the area or service unit that has contributed significant service in support of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Contributed to reaching council goals as they relate to the position

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
Leadership Achievement Award

Description & Criteria

Recognizes exemplary service of troop co-leaders.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Completed 2 years of service as a troop co-leader
  • Completed FA/CPR training
  • Completed outdoor skills training
  • Shown proficiency in the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
  • Participated in cookie sale
  • Completed 1 troop service project
  • Promptly presents awards to girls

Who to Consider

  • Troop Co-Leaders
Valuable Volunteer Award

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any area or service unit team member who has provided satisfactory service and leadership to the council and the Girl Scout Movement.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Served one service year in service unit team position    

Who to Consider

  • Any Area and Service Unit Team Members
  • Event Directors
  • Area Cookie Program Coordinators
  • Media Coordinators
  • Adult Facilitators
  • Service Unit Managers
  • Organizers
Juliette “Daisy” Low Honor Pin

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any area or service unit members who have provided outstanding leadership and service to the council and the Girl Scout Movement.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Served in a leadership role 5+ consecutive years
  • Strive to enhance volunteer development

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
Mainstay Award

Description & Criteria

Recognizes any Girl Scout adult member’s exemplary achievements towards council goals and objectives in the county/area.
Eligible candidates:

  • Have made significant achievements toward council goals and objectives in a county/area for 5+ years
  • Have contributed to their entire county/area and the growth and development of girls

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member

*Only one Mainstay Award per area a year. Contact Volunteer Experience Team for approval of additional nominees.

Girl Scouts of the USA Volunteer of Excellence

Description & Criteria

Recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any activity or program to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Completed full term of service
  • Has performed beyond the expectations for the position to deliver GSLE using the national program portfolio or has supported the council’s mission-delivery goals

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member

*Cannot be a prior Main Stay Award recipient

Year Pin

Description & Criteria

Recognizes total girl and adult years in Girl Scouting.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Available in 5 year increments

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
Years of Service Pin

Description & Criteria

Recognizes total adult years as a volunteer with active service to Girl Scouting.
Eligible candidates:

  • Must be a registered member
  • Available in 5 year increments

Who to Consider

  • Any Registered Girl Scout Adult Member
Required Training For Area Level Awards

Several area level awards require position-specific training.  When considering nominees for awards, please review training records for the individual to the best of your ability with the understanding that training records may be lost or misplaced.  We encourage area recognition coordinators and others involved in the selection process to consider the overall importance of recognizing and showing thanks and appreciation to our volunteers whose training records may not be able to be verified and to not let this be a deterrent to recognizing one for their service.

Additional Area Level Awards

You may find that you have many deserving individuals in your area that you’d like to applaud.  We encourage you to show your thanks and appreciation in fun ways too.  Here are some suggestions for other ways to recognize volunteers in your area that are fun and yet still meaningful.

Rising Star Award:  May be used to recognize first or second year volunteers who have fully embraced the Girl Scout Movement with energy and passion.

Spirit Award:  For those outstanding volunteers who are known in the community for exemplifying the true spirit of Girl Scouting by being a positive role model and creating awareness for Girl Scouts.

Outdoor Enthusiast Award:  You might present a “gold shovel” (or water bucket) to recognize volunteers who embrace the spirit of outdoor adventures.

Area Level Award Nominations and Endorsements

Most area level awards require at least one nominator and one endorser, with the exception of the Mainstay Award and the GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Award. The Mainstay Award and GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence Award both require one nominator and two endorsers. All nominations and endorsements must be submitted to the ARC, recognitions committee, or membership director to be considered.

To complete nomination and endorsements, please view the following: Important things to include in area level nominations and endorsements:

·       nominee’s position(s) in Girl Scouting;

·       any completed training(s) for positions in Girl Scouting;

·       description of the service and why/how it is considered "above and beyond expectations";

·       impact nominee’s service has on the girls, council goals, and the Girl Scout Movement.

How to Order Area Awards

Complete the council Recognitions Request Form.

  • Submit completed Recognitions Supply Request Form to the council Girl Scout shop at least TWO weeks in advance.
  • Contact your membership director to request printed certificates from the council for Certificate of Sponsorship, Certificate of Appreciation, and Juliette “Daisy” Low Honor Certificate; be sure to include the award recipient’s name, service unit/troop number and/or Girl Scout event where service was provided.
Area Level Appreciation Events

Each area is encouraged to host an annual celebration where volunteers are recognized with both personal and council recognitions and awards.  These events acknowledge the service and contributions of co-leaders, volunteers, service unit team members, and community partners and organizations. Typically, area level appreciation events are hosted at the end of the program year in May.

Coordinated by the Area Recognitions Coordinator and the recognitions committee, the timing and type of appreciation events are different across the council. Area appreciation events can begin as early as April and may even be held as late as June – there’s no required time to host your event.  It’s also ok to be creative with the type of event you hold.  Some areas host catered banquets, while others celebrate with festive potlucks. Here are some helpful things to remember when planning your area level appreciation event:

  • Plan early - get your date, time, location, and theme scheduled in advance!
  • Coordinate roles and responsibilities with your recognitions committee and membership director
  • Begin promoting area level nominations as early as November
  • Remember to place your order for area level awards and recognitions from the council shop at least TWO weeks in advance
  • Remember to contact your membership director to request printed certificates from the council at least THREE weeks in advance
  • Promote event at area meetings and via social media sites, if applicable.



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ENCORE! GS-NCCP’s Peer Appreciation Program

Surprise a fellow Girl Scout volunteer with our online ENCORE! recognition program! Send a High Five, Fist Bump, or Pat on the Back to cheer on your peers and recognize a job well done!

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Volunteer Spotlight

Shine the spotlight on a Girl Scout volunteer! Email our Volunteer Services team with a volunteer who deserves to be recognized and we'll do the rest! Volunteer Spotlights are featured on our social media channels and are a fantastic way to publicly applaud volunteers who are making a difference in the lives of our girl and adult members. 

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President's Volunteer Service Award

Girl Scouts - North Carolina Coastal Pines is thrilled to partner with Points of Light, the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) agency, to bring this program to life for our girls and volunteers.  This recognition sets our girls and volunteers apart and is a tremendous honor.  By sharing your time and talents with others, you lead by example and encourage others to make the world a better place.

Download a copy of the PVSA Program Guide

Download a copy of the PVSA Service Hour Tracking Form

Fill out and submit your PVSA Interest Form

Fill out and submit your  PVSA Application 

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Honor Your Troop Leader

Behind every Girl Scout is a great Girl Scout Leader! Show your appreciation for adult leadership and invest in girls by making a donation in your troop leader’s name! Your contribution will go towards building girls of courage, confidence, and character. Your honoree will be notified of your gift via a personalized card from the council.

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Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines Hall of Fame

There is no way to completely express our thanks and appreciation to our many amazing volunteers who serve to make the Girl Scout experience possible, which is why we are recognizing them in our Council Hall of Fame, a listing of our distinguished honorees since 2008.

 

Questions about Adult Awards and Recognitions?
Contact Elaine Penny at epenny@nccoastalpines.org