People volunteer for countless reasons but, underneath it all, most volunteers are motivated by the quality of their experience. When volunteers know their time and energy are appreciated and that they are valued by Girl Scouts, they commit themselves to the organization. Volunteers also want to know that their service is helping the greater good – that together we make a difference in girl’s lives and, through our mission, make a difference in the world. Therefore, volunteer recognition is one of the most powerful tools for retaining the invaluable adult members who volunteer for Girl Scouts.
You can show your appreciation in many ways. An ideal volunteer recognition system includes a mixture of informal and formal methods to acknowledge all accomplishments, regardless of role or length of service.
Informal recognition is the day-to-day appreciation—the intangible benefits and heartfelt ways of saying “Thank you.” Our formal recognitions are the official GSUSA and Council Adult Awards that are presented annually.
Best Practices for formal award recognitions:
The desire to recognize all dedicated volunteers must be balanced with an obligation to preserve the value of the recognition. It is recommended that a volunteer be recognized when their service efforts have grown or their impact has shown growth from the work of their previous award. Sometimes this increased impact can take some time in between awards. Please consider using informal recognitions between awards to encourage great volunteers to continue serving while they grow in the Girl Scout organization.
As a general rule, a volunteer can receive each of our awards only once during their time with GSofSI. Exceptions may include the Volunteer of Excellence award, President's award, and the Spotlight award.