Volunteer Recognitions

At the start of each new year, we take a moment to think about those people within Troops, the Service Unit, and the community that go above and beyond to support Girl Scouts. Who goes that extra mile for the girls? These people can be troop volunteers -- leader, co-leader, cookie mom or dad, treasurer -- parents who are always there to help out, or a community member whose actions support the local Scouts.  Think about who makes a difference to your troop and/or to Scouting in your community and then find the award they deserve below.

The Recognitions Committee is still looking for a few more volunteers to meet two or three times to go over and endorse nominees and help plan the dinner.

To volunteer to help out, or if you have any questions, please email ccgs_nominations@yahoo.com.

Recognitions FAQs

Who nominates people for recognition? These people can be nominated by anyone within your troop including the GIRLS.  If some parent inside your troop or any girl from your troop would like to nominate any GS Adult member, they can.

How do I nominate someone? Please read the award titles below to get some ideas for who you want to nominate and then fill out the nomination form.  If you have someone in mind and you are not sure what award they would receive, just fill out the nomination form and the recognition committee will take care of the rest!

Do I need to write a letter of Endorsement?  ONLY if the recognitions committee contacts you and asks you to do so.  If you are contacted, please follow this link to submit your Endorsement directly to GSEM.

When is all this needed by? The nomination form and all endorsements must be received no later than February 1st, 2015

Types of Recognitions

 1.  Service Unit Recognitions -- These are approved and presented at the service unit level and include both GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts recognitions.  These recognitions are managed, paid for, and presented by the Service Unit at an adult volunteer dinner that the recognitions committee will hold at the Scout House in spring. These awards include: Volunteer of Excellence, Soaring Through the Ranks Certificate, Green and Growing Award, Make New Friends Girl Scout Community Certificate, Fun and Easy Thank You Awards

 2.  GSUSA Recognitions -- GSUSA volunteer recognition pins are awarded based on an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience.  This service must have had measurable impact on one (or more) geographic areas of service, allowing the Council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.  Volunteers are eligible for Council level recognition every three years.  For example, if a volunteer was recognized in, or after, 2011 with a Council level award he/she is not eligible in 2013 for recognition at the Council level.  GSUSA recognitions are not progressive recognitions, with the exception of the Thanks Badge II, which requires the recipient to have been previously awarded the Thanks Badge.  The following GSUSA recognitions are presented at the annual GSEM Volunteer Recognition Dinner. These awards include: Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, Thanks Badge, Thanks Badge II

 3.  GSEM Recognitions -- Girl Scouts of Eastern Masachuseets Recognitions are based on length and level of service.  These GSEM awards are received at the annual GSEM Volunteer Recognition Dinner.  These awards include: President’s Award and GSEM 5 or 10 Year Sustained Service Pin


 
Award
 
Who
 
Criteria

Nomination, Approval, and Award Process
Volunteer of Excellence (GSEM)




 Volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the GSLE through use of the National Program Portfolio;
OR Who contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members
Registered, active Girl Scout adult
Completed appropriate training or demonstrated competence for the position or both
Performed beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio
OR
Supported the council’s mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas: Membership, Community Development, Volunteer Support, Marketing, Fund Development,  Council Support, Communications,  Program, Leadership and Governance
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination submitted directly to service unit.
Service Unit may appoint a committee to manage the Volunteer of Excellence award (deadlines, approval of nominations and presentation of pins)
Service unit purchases at Council Shops and provides the awardees’ names to record the achievement in their membership records
 


Soaring Through the Ranks Certificate (GSEM)
 
Troop Volunteers
Volunteered with a troop from Girl Scouts Daisies or Brownies through Girl Scout Ambassadors
Completed appropriate training or demonstrated competence for the position(s) or both
Participated in service unit or council events or programs
Kept troop(s) open to new members
Girls participated in Cookie Program
Implemented Girl Scout Leadership Experience within troop programming
Any Girl Scout including girls may nominate a GS adult member who qualifies
Requires one Nomination submitted directly to the service unit
Service Unit may appoint a committee to manage the Souring Through the Ranks Certificate (deadlines, approval of nominations and presentation of certificates)
The certificate is available online for free download
Service unit provides the awardee's name to record the achievement in their membership records
 

Green & Growing (GSEM)




Troop Volunteers, Assistant Troop Volunteers, Series Volunteers
Volunteered for less than 2 years with a troop or series
Completed the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Learning Plan: Girl Scouting 101, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Orientation, “Essentials” for appropriate level
Participated in at least one service unit or council event or program
Kept troop open to new members
Shows commitment to the troop through early registration for following year
Girls participated in Cookie Program
Implements Girl Scout Leadership Experience within troop programming
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination submitted directly to the service unit
Service Unit may appoint a committee to manage the Green & Growing Award (deadlines, approval of nominations and presentation of pins)
Service unit purchases the pin at Council Shops and provides the awardees’ names to record the achievement in their membership records
 
The Appreciation Pin (GSUSA)

 Registered, active Girl Scout Adult Volunteer giving exemplary service in support of the GSLE to at least one geographic area or program delivery audience.Significantly contributes to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility in one geographic area
Actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior
Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award 
Requires one Nomination
Requires one Endorsement
Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
 
Honor Pin (GSUSA)


 Registered, active Girl Scout Adult Volunteer giving outstanding service in support of the GSLE in two or more geographic areasSignificantly contributes to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development or increased community visibility in two or more geographic areas
Actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination
Requires one Endorsement
•  Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee 
 
Thanks Badge (GSUSA)


 Volunteers whose ongoing, commitment, leadership and service have an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or Girl Scout MovementRegistered, active Girl Scout adult
Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Has taken a leadership role at the council level in one or more of the following areas during the previous four years: increasing membership growth and retention, increasing the percentage of adult generated council funding, increasing innovative program opportunities council wide, developing a broad participation in policy influencing decisions through the democratic process, ensuring that inclusive behavior is recognized, understood, and practiced at all levels 
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination
Requires one Endorsement
•  Service is so significant that no other award seems appropriate
•  Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
 
Thanks Badge II (GSUSA)


 A prior Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout MovementRegistered, active Girl Scout adult
Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Since receipt of the Thanks Badge, the candidate has provided distinguished service by taking a leadership role in developing a model that has been replicated at the national level in one or more of the following areas during the previous three years: membership, community development, volunteer support, marketing, fund development, council support, communications, program, leadership & governance 
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination
Requires three Endorsements
Service is so significant that no other award seems appropriate
Volunteer Recognition Committee sends recommendation to the GSUSA National Board Adult Recognition Task Group 
 


President’s Award
(GSEM)
 A geographic area team, service unit, service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the GSLE surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goalsAll adult team members are registered Girl Scouts
Includes girl members in the planning and execution of service unit, team, or committee goals
Significantly contributes to meeting one or more council goals in membership growth and retention, fund development, or increased community visibility
Reflects the diversity of the area they service
Actively recognizes, understands, and practices values of inclusive behavior
Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS group or member for this award
Requires one Nomination
Requires 3 Letters of Endorsements sent to: volunteers@girlscoutseasternmass.org
    -- Two Letters of Endorsements may be written by community members and/or Girl Scout volunteers, girls and families
    -- One Letter of Endorsement must come from a GSEM staff member
Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee
 5 or 10 Year Sustained Service Pin (GSEM)

 Volunteers actively giving valuable service to Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts for five (to nine) or ten (or more) consecutive years since having received a prior GSUSA awardRegistered Girl Scout adult
Prior GSUSA award recipient in the past 5-9 years or 10+ years
Completed appropriate training for the position
Supports the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience
Performed at a level that exceeds expectations of his/her position description for one of the following areas: membership, community development, volunteer support, marketing, fund development, council support, communications, program, leadership & governance 
Any Girl Scout may nominate a GS adult member for this award
Requires one Nomination
Requires one Endorsement
Board of Directors approves or denies nominations based on the recommendations of the Volunteer Recognition Committee 

Make New Friends Girl Scout Community Certificate (SU)

Individuals, groups, organizations or businesses
 Non-Girl Scouts who assist local Girl Scout troops, series or service units in any of the following ways:
Offers free meeting space
Donates food, materials or money
Provides help or service that furthers the cause of Girl Scouts in the community
No nomination or approval process necessary
Ongoing, no deadline
Service Units, troop and series give certificates at their discretion
Service Units, troops or series purchase certificates at Council Shops

Fun & Easy Thank You Awards for Anyone who Helps (Troop or SU)
 
Troop or Service Unit Volunteers, Parents or Community Members
 Small, inexpensive items with a card or certificate attached to explain the “award” including:
Lifesavers, “You’ve been a real LIFESAVER!”
Garden Gloves, “Thanks for digging in and lending a hand!”
Magic Wand, “You make magic happen for our service team!”
No nomination process necessary
Ongoing, no deadline
View Fun and Easy Thank You Awards
Thanks can, and should be, given at any time or occasion to thank volunteers, parents and community members who support the Girl Scout Community