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Ways to Recognize Volunteers

Showing love and appreciation for volunteers is a must. After all, our volunteers are Ah-mazing! They/you do it all for the girls and often work extra hours on top of busy schedules and hectic lives. We love them for it and, well, Girl Scouting wouldn’t be the same without them. Let’s be sure to shout it from the Girl Scout rooftops!

Need help recognizing a volunteer? Contact our Volunteer Development Manager.

  Creating a culture of appreciation

Showing Thanks & Appreciation

In the Showing Thanks and Appreciation guide, you will learn about showing appreciation through informal thanks and recognitions that are more formal.

Did you know there are different ways that we like to be appreciated? Learn about the 5 Languages of Appreciation here.

Volunteer Appreciation Ideas

Looking for some creative ways for you and the G.I.R.L.s to say "Thank you!" to an amazing volunteer? Check out the GSWCF Volunteer Appreciation Pinterest Board.

Volunteer Appreciation Card

Social Media Frame

The Girl Scout volunteer frame acknowledges your dedication to fostering emotional, intellectual, and physical growth among girls in your community. You believe in the mission of Girl Scouts, are an asset to our youth's future, and are devoted to making the world a better place.

Get the frames below and use an image editor to customize your social media icons.

  • Girl Scout Green Volunteer Frame
  • Girl Scout Navy Volunteer Frame

Troop Leader Spotlight

Do you know a Troop Leader who is passionate about creating girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place? Nominate them for GSWCF's monthly Troop Leader Spotlight! This form of recognition is intended to recognize Troop Leaders who work hard to deliver a high-quality Girl Scout Leadership Experience for girls.

Submit your nomination.

Volunteer Awards

Which Volunteer Award should you choose?
See a member making an impact in your Service Unit?
appreciation pin wcf

Appreciation Pin
for outstanding service to at least one service unit

See a member making an impact throughout the council or the movement?
Honor Pin

Honor Pin
for outstanding service to two or more service units

Heart of Gold

Heart of Gold
for outstanding service to the Girl Scout Community and the community at large

Thanks badge

Thanks Badge 
for outstanding service that benefits the entire council or GS movement

Thanks Badge Two

Thanks Badge II 
for outstanding service having already received the Thanks Badge

Trefoil Award

The Trefoil Award in Memory of Linda Scott
is extra special, recognizing a volunteer for service in multiple ways. It is in memory of Linda Scott, and recognizes outstanding service in three areas: work with volunteers, girls, and mission of the council

See a member making an impact working directly with girls?
Volunteer of Excellence

Volunteer of Excellence
for outstanding service while working directly with girls

More Honors

Numeral Guard Pin recognizes years of membership at five-year intervals
Request for Numeral Guard Pins

Volunteer Years of Service Pin recognizes years of volunteer service at five-year intervals. Request for Years of Service Pins

Ready To Nominate?

Use this handy chart to decide on the right award!


Nominations will be accepted starting March 12, 2023.


Nominations will close on Monday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m.


Service Unit Volunteer Awards Coordinators help recognize adults in their area.

If you aren't sure who the coordinator is for your area, or you're interested in becoming one, contact the Volunteer Development Manager.

Volunteer Awards Coordinators click here for resources and information. 

Be sure to check out our past award honorees.