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Adult Awards

Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons cannot express enough gratitude to the thousands of volunteers who make the Girl Scout Leadership Experience happen.  Without the countless hours given by all our volunteers, the Girl Scout program could not exist.  In honor of this dedication and effort, volunteers are recognized throughout the year for their service and also at our District Recognition Events.

Among our volunteers, we have many that not only excel at their volunteer role, but go above and beyond the call of duty in service to Girl Scouts—Dakota Horizons. For these volunteers, there is a special awards process for their outstanding service.  An Adult Award handbook has been created to explain these awards and the process for nomination:

Adult Awards Handbook

Volunteers can be nominated by their girls, volunteers or parents for a variety of awards offered through Girl Scouting.  Requirements for all the awards can be found in the Adult Awards Handbook. The adult awards hierarchy is as follows: 

vol award pyramid

As demonstrated in the diagram above, there are three categories of Adult Awards available for volunteers. 

The categories are described as follows:

District Awards: The District Awards honor the work of volunteers at the local level.  Whether it be indirect or direct, this category looks to those volunteers who are making the world a better place starting at home.

Council Awards: The Council Awards honor volunteers who have demonstrated a higher level of service that that has had an impact on the entire council.  These awards are for indirect or direct volunteers and reflect a volunteer who has grown in their service to Girl Scouts.

GSUSA National Awards: The most prestigious of the three, the GSUSA awards honor volunteers who have had such a significant impact that no other award would be appropriate.  The volunteers who have made significant impact throughout the council and meeting council goals are honored in this category.

The award hierarchy runs parallel to a volunteer’s journey of service with Girl Scouts.  As a volunteer increases their level of service and expand their impact, they will receive increased recognition for their continued service excellence.  Although this diagram demonstrates a hierarchy, it does not limit a volunteer as to what award they can receive.  This diagram explains the foundation for the progression; however a volunteer may earn any award at any time if they meet the criteria outlined in the award.

 

The following sections will list the Awards available at each level of the hierarchy, with a brief summary and the forms required for a successful nomination.  Each Award has different requirements.  Refer to the adult award handbook to ensure all submissions meet the requirements outlined in the award.


 

District Awards: The District Awards honor the work of volunteers at the local level.  Whether it be indirect or direct, this category looks to those volunteers who are making the world a better place starting at home.

**Refer to the Adult Award Handbook for Award Requirements**

Award   Purpose Required Forms
Leading the Way Award To recognize a volunteer whose outstanding service is inspiring to those around them and an example of an ideal Girl Scout volunteer. District Award Nomination Form

District Award Letter of Endorsement 
Do-Dad Award To recognize dads who have provided outstanding service to Girl Scouts. District Award Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement
Unsung Hero Award: To recognize an indirect volunteer who provides excellent service and makes things happen behind the scenes. District Award Nomination Form District Award Letter of Endorsement
Trefoil Award This award recognizes a group in the community that has been consistently supportive of Girl Scouting. District Award Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement
Rising Star Award: To recognize a first year volunteer who has fully embraced the Girl Scouting movement with energy and passion and has performed outstanding work in their first year. District Award Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement

 


 

Council Awards: The Council Awards honor volunteers who have demonstrated a higher level of service that that has had an impact on the entire council.  These awards are for indirect or direct volunteers and reflect a volunteer who has grown in their service to Girl Scouts.

**Refer to the Adult Award Handbook for Award Requirements**

Award Purpose Required Forms
Global Voices Award To recognize a volunteer who has gone above and beyond in including diverse members of their community in Girl Scouting. Global Voices Nomination FormGlobal Voices Letter of Endorsement
Heritage Award To recognize a volunteer who honors Girl Scout traditions and history while embracing the interests of girls today. Heritage Award Nomination FormHeritage Award Letter of Endorsement
Firestarter Award To recognize a volunteer whose leadership and enthusiasm for Girl Scouts has ignited a flame of excellence that is passed to all members of the council.  This flame sustains the passion for Girls Scouts among girls, volunteers and staff, and preserves Girl Scouting for years to come. Firestarter Award Nomination FormFirestarter Award Letter of Endorsement
Centennial Award To recognize a lifetime of achievement by a Girl Scout volunteer.  This award demonstrates a volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty for an extended period of time. Centennial Award Nomination FormCentennial Award Letter of Endorsement

 


GSUSA Awards: The most prestigious of the three, the GSUSA awards honor volunteers who have had such a significant impact that no other award would be appropriate.  The volunteers who have made significant impact throughout the council and meeting council goals are honored in this category.

Award Purpose Required Forms
Volunteer of Excellence Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) 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. Volunteer of Excellence Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement
Appreciation Pin Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE).  This service, which had measurable impact on one service area, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area. Appreciation Pin Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement
Honor Pin Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more service areas, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission delivery goals. Honor Pin Nomination FormDistrict Award Letter of Endorsement
Thanks Badge Honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement. Thanks Badge Nomination Form

District Award Letter of Endorsement
Thanks Badge II The Thanks Badge II 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. Thanks Badge II Nomination Form District Award Letter of Endorsement
Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal The Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal is awarded to individuals and councils who have enriched and leveraged the global understanding of Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting to grow responsible global citizens.  This prestigious national award is approved by the Girl Scouts of the USA National Board of Directors. Juliette Gordon Low World Friendship Medal Interest Form
President’s Award The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.  President’s Award ApplicationPresident’s Award Walk through and FAQPresident’s Award Data Chart
Years of Service Award The Years of Service Award recognizes individuals who have maintained membership with Girl Scouts for extended periods of time in five year increments.

National President’s Award

The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging United States citizens or lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States through presidential recognition to live a life of service. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes United States citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents of the United States who have achieved the required number of hours of service over a 12-month time period – or cumulative hours over the course of a lifetime.  More information can be found at:

http://www.presidentialserviceawards.gov/index.cfm

 

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