Volunteer Recognition

Giving and receiving recognition is an important component of the Volunteer Development System in Girl Scouting. A card from the girls, a handmade gift, an e-mail message or a surprise party are ways to say “thank you” to adults in Girl Scouts. Adult Girl Scouts may also be nominated for Adult Awards throughout the year. Please remember to recognize the adults who are focused on making the Girl Scout experience fun, positive and available to girls and adults everywhere!

Girl Scouts of the USA nationally Recognized Awards

Volunteer of Excellence:  A year-round award which recognizes a volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the GSLE. Girl Scout communities nominate volunteers for this award and then submit nominations to the Adult Award Committee. Please see the Criteria Page below for year-round submission deadlines.

Appreciation Pin: Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has delivered outstanding service to at least one geographic area, Girl Scout community or program delivery audience.

Honor Pin: Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has delivered outstanding service to two or more geographic areas or program delivery audiences. 


President’s Award: Recognizes the efforts of a community team or program delivery team for moving its assigned area or audience toward the achievement of the council’s goals during a fiscal or membership year.

Thanks Badge: Recognizes an adult Girl Scout whose performance is truly outstanding and benefits the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Thanks Badge II: Recognizes an adult Girl Scout who has already received the Thanks Badge and who has continued to contribute in extraordinary ways that benefit the entire council or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Girl Scouts of Orange County Council Recognized Awards

Good Guy: An award for either a guy or a gal in a supportive role behind the scenes who assists the Girl Scouts without an official title. Good Guy nominees should have provided support to a troop, a Service Unit, or an Association.

Opening Doors: Given to volunteers who introduced Girl Scouting to an otherwise un-served or under-served area or group

Orange Owl: A GSOC recognition given only by a Service Unit. This award is for those who have consistently given outstanding service to Girl Scouting in their Service Unit

Gold Key: This award provides associations with a way to honor adult members and non-members whose efforts on behalf of Girl Scouting in a given community have had significant impact.

Spotlight Award: This recognition is for a volunteer within a Service Unit who previously received the Orange Owl and continued to give outstanding service to the Service Unit.

Other Recognitions & Honors

Numeral Guard Pin: Recognizes years of membership in any Girl Scout council. This pin recognizes the total years of membership, including girl and adult years at five year intervals.