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Girl Scouts Adult Awards

Adult Awards

Volunteers make Girl Scouting possible. Our adult volunteers help Girl Scouts unleash their incredible talent and make fun and exciting experiences possible for all Girl Scouts. The time and talent they devote to enriching girls lives is truly remarkable. Volunteers make a lasting impact on the lives of girls, our local communities and the world.


Congratulations to the amazing volunteers from southern Illinois who received a Girl Scouts Adult Award in 2021!

Nominate a Volunteer for an Adult Award

To help honor the amazing women and men making a difference through the Girl Scout movement, please consider nominating a fellow volunteer(s) for a Girl Scout adult award to be recognized at the Girl Scouts Annual Meeting. Learn more about the awards below.

Please note that all the awards are for service within
the previous membership year!

We are currently accepting Adult Award nominations for outstanding volunteer service for the 2019-2020 program year! The nomination window will close on December 1, 2020. Nominations for the Spotlight Award continues to be open and awarded throughout the year.

PLEASE READ: Best Practices for the Awards Process

Best Practices for Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Awards Process

Our Adult Awards committee has shared some tips for making nominations. 

Be sure to share how the nominee has delivered incredible volunteer service that went “above and beyond expectations” of what is included in their volunteer position description.

Be detailed! Let our committee know why the nominee is doing a great job with specific examples.

For example:
“She stepped up to volunteer with a second troop when it needed a leader and did such a great job that all 12 girls renewed their membership!” vs. “She is doing a great job!”

“He volunteered to run stations at six of our Service Unit’s events this year, as well as co-hosted a Cookie Cupboard.” vs. “He helps a lot at events.”

Help us share appreciation! There are so many incredible women and men in our organization. Please try to wait 2+ years before nominating a volunteer who has recently earned a Girl Scouts Adult Award. Consider using informal recognitions between awards to encourage great volunteers to continue serving while they grow in the Girl Scout organization, like the Council Spotlight Award or any award a specific service unit might have to offer.

                              

Awards Presented at Annual Meeting

Volunteer of Excellence

Requires a nomination letter and one endorsement letter.

The Volunteer of Excellence Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls to implement the Girl Scout leadership Experience (GSLE) through the 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. This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The nominee has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position.
  • The nominee has performed beyond expectations of the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio, or has been above and 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 or Council Support Service.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Appreciation Pin

Requires a nomination letter and one endorsement letter.

The Appreciation Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one service unit, contributes to expanding the council’s reach and surpassing its mission-delivery goals for that area.  This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and has made an impact on at least one service unit within the council’s jurisdiction.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Honor Pin

Requires a nomination letter and one endorsement letter.

The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), and has had a measurable impact on two or more service units, contributing to the goals of the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery.  This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and has made an impact on two or more service units within the council’s jurisdiction.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Sustained Service Award

Requires a nomination letter and one endorsement letter.

The Sustained Service award recognizes an individual's exemplary service beyond an individual troop, but less than the entire council base for a significant period of time and after receiving the Appreciation Pin or Honor Pin. This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The nominee empowers girl participation in meaningful programs, inspires service and community partnership for troops.
  • The nominee supports service unit and/or council goals in expanding growth through recruitment and membership. 
  • The nominee provides service that goes beyond the expectation of the position.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Thanks Badge l

Requires a nomination letter and two endorsement letters.

The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service has had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefited the total council or the entire Girl Scout Movement and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Thanks Badge ll

Requires a nomination letter and two endorsement letters.

The Thanks II Badge honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement. This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The nominee has received the Thanks Badge.
  • The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefited the total council or the entire Girl Scout Movement and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

President's Award

Requires a nomination letter and one endorsement letter.

The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service unit team whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.  This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • All service team members are registered girl scouts.
  • All service team members have met all requirements and expectations of the position held.
  • The Service delivery team has significantly contributed to meeting one or more of the council’s mission-delivery goals.
  • The service delivery team reflects the diversity of the target audience or area it serves, in girl and adult membership, in all pathways offered.
  • The service delivery team actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Heart of Gold Award

Requires a nomination letter and two endorsement letters.

The Heart of Gold award recognizes the long-term impact a volunteer has had on girls and adults in his/her community through involvement in Girl Scouting.  The service of this volunteer has been an integral part of maintaining and recruiting new girls and/or adults in one or more areas of the council.  This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
  • The nominee has been involved in Girl Scouts as an adult for a minimum of 20 year.

Example of Nominee - Mary has been involved in Girl Scouts since her daughter was a Brownie and now helps with her granddaughter’s troop!  She has found her passion is working with older girls and has mentored several girls earning their Gold Awards.  Mary is also always willing to help new leaders or leaders beginning to work with older girls.  She is a staple at the local day camp every year.  She has previously been the director and continues to make an appearance annually sharing her love of Girl Scout songs and traditions.  Everyone in the community thinks of Mary when they think of Girl Scouting and girls want to join just to take part in her activities and troop.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

Living Her Legacy Award

Requires a nomination letter.

The Living Her Legacy award recognizes a leader, co-leader or leadership team that started a troop as kindergarten Daisies and continued the same troop until the girls became graduated Ambassadors.  This award is presented at our annual meeting.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.
  • The nominee has been in a leadership role with the same troop for the entire 13 years.

Click here to download a copy of the award description & criteria!

 

Awards Presented at Service Unit Meetings

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Spotlight Award

Requires a nomination letter.

The Spotlight award recognizes multiple GSofSI volunteers per month.  Any volunteer can nominate a fellow volunteer when you see them shining in the “Spotlight” doing something outstanding for the girls, troop, service unit or council. Please make sure you express to us in a few sentences in your nomination why you want this volunteer to be recognized.

Criteria

  • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout in good standing.

Meet Your Adult Award Committee

Mary Anne Hopper, SU 211 | Waterloo
Penny Pejka, SU 201 | O'Fallon, Shiloh, Fairview
Carline Jung, SU 209 | Millstadt, Columbia, Dupo, Smithton
Mary Armes, SU 87 | West Frankfort
Katie Siemer Summers, SU 111 | Collinsville, Caseyville, Maryville
Sheila Jolly Scrivner, SU 30 | Jefferson County
Debbie Parker, SU 544 | Crawford, Jasper County
Susanna Mills, SU 85 | Wayne, Hamilton, White County