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Adult Recognitions

Adult volunteers make Girl Scouting happen! Our adult volunteers help Girl Scouts unleash their inner G.I.R.L. (go-getter, innovator, risk-taker and leader). They support girls, build up girls, and help them soar higher than an eagle. Because of our Girl Scout volunteers we are the largest girls' leadership development organization in the world.

Acknowledging the efforts of others, in a formal or informal way, is an essential part of Girl Scouts.

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Are you ready to nominate someone you know? Here's a list of all available recognitions and their guidelines. 

Formal GSUSA Adult Awards

Girl Scouts of the USA Appreciation Pin

Focus of Service: Two or more geographic areas of service

The Appreciation Pin was instituted in 1976 by GSUSA. The pin recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had a measurable impact on one geographic area of service, helps reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the area.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Focus of Service:

Benefits at least one geographic area of the council.

Impact of Service:

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.

Endorsements required: 2

Girl Scouts of the USA Honor Pin

Focus of Service: Two or more geographic areas of service

The Honor Pin was instituted in 1987 by GSUSA. It recognizes outstanding service performed by the candidate in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience which has had a measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing GSTF to reach and surpass mission-delivery goals.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Focus of Service:

Benefits at least two geographic area of the council.

Impact of Service:

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.

Endorsements required: 3

Girl Scouts of the USA Thanks Badge

Focus of Service: Total Council or Entire Girl Scout Movement

The Thanks Badge was instituted in 1912 by GSUSA. It is the highest honor in Girl Scouts. It honors a registered adult Girl Scout whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Focus of Service:

Total council or entire Girl Scout organization.

Impact of Service:

So significantly beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Endorsements required: 4

Girl Scouts of the USA Thanks Badge II

Focus of Service: Total Council or Entire Girl Scout Movement

The Thanks Badge II was instituted in 1987 by GSUSA. It recognizes continued outstanding service given by a Thanks Badge recipient. 

The quality of service performed is the same as that for the Thanks Badge:  “It is truly outstanding, benefits the total council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.”

Additionally, this award might acknowledge outstanding performance that surpasses the earlier achievement.  It is a way of saying thanks again to an outstanding individual who has contributed greatly to Girl Scouting.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Focus of Service:

Total council or entire Girl Scout organization.

Additional requirement:

The candidate is previous recipient of Thanks Badge.

Impact of Service:

So significantly beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Endorsements required: 4

Girl Scouts of the USA Volunteer of Excellence

Focus of Service: Troop or Community
Awarded at Community Level

Introduced in 2013, the Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through use of the national program portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.


The candidate’s performance has been beyond the expectations of the position and has supported the council’s mission delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas:

  • Membership Development/Community Cultivation
  • Volunteer Relations and Support
  • Program
  • Leadership and Governance
  • Fund Development
  • Council Support Service (such as IT, Customer Service, Product Sales, etc.).
  • The candidate actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Length of Service:

Candidate has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position. 

 

Focus of Service:

Benefits at least one geographic area of the council.

Impact of Service:

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.

Endorsements required: 1

 

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Adult Awards

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Community Award

Focus of Service: Council

The Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Community Award recognizes considerable contributions in the forms of facility, financial, or other support to advance the mission and endeavors of Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.

Criteria for selection:

General: 

No membership requirement.

Focus of Service:

Total council.

Impact of Service:

Considerable contributions of in-kind/financial/other  support. 

Endorsements required: 2

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida President’s Award

Focus of Service: Troop, Community, or Council

The Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida President’s Award recognizes a Team/Group who has provided service above and beyond the expectations of the positions held while significantly contributing to meet one or more council mission-delivery goals. This service to the council reflects the diversity of the area served by the team/group and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

Criteria for Selection:

General: 

All members of Team/Group are registered Girl Scouts.

Focus of Service:

Troop, Community, or Council.

Impact of Service:

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.

Endorsements required: 1

Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida Judge Judith Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Focus of Service: Council or Entire Girl Scout Movement

Established in 2018, the Judge Judith Atkinson Lifetime Achievement Award is named in honor of the woman who founded GSTF. This amazing woman was a trailblazer, accomplished professional, and visionary dedicated to ensuring the longevity of Girl Scouting in South Florida – securing the first charter for Girl Scouts in Dade County in 1929. This award honors individuals whose continuous service to Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida exemplifies the spirit, dedication, and enjoyment of Girl Scouting and principles of Juliette Gordon Low’s movement.
 

Criteria for selection:

General: 

The candidate is a current registered member of GSTF and owes no council debt.

Focus of Service:

Unselfish, dedicated, continuous service to the council that has benefitted and enriched the entire Girl Scout movement.

Impact of Service:

Continuous and outstanding service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held.  Exemplifies the Girl Scout Promise and Law in her/his daily life.  Demonstrates respect for the spirit of the movement.  Shares love of Girl Scouting through interaction with girls, adults, the council, and the community.  Is dedicated to the principles of Juliette Low’s Girl Scout movement.

Length of Service:

Minimum of 20 years of adult volunteer and leadership service.

Endorsements required: 4

 

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