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Recognition & Appreciation

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 Awards

Select an award category below to learn more and access the online nomination form! Nominations are due annually on February 4.

Volunteer of Excellence

Volunteer of Excellence is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee. 

A year-round award which recognizes a volunteer who has contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or they have contributed outstanding service in support of Girl Scouts of Orange County’s mission to girl and adult members. 

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination. 

Submission deadlines for this award are November 4th, February 4th, April 4th, June 4th and September 4th.

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Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

This award is for volunteers who have contributed service that has been outstanding, over and above the expectations of the position held and has had a significant impact on at least one geographic area of the Council. Specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding service are noted in the nomination and endorsement.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsement.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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Honor Pin

The Honor Pin is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

This award is the second highest award in Girl Scouting and is for volunteers who have contributed service that has been outstanding, over and above the expectations of the position held and has had a significant impact on at least two geographic area of the Council. Specific examples of the nominee’s outstanding service are noted in the nomination and endorsements.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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President's Award

The President’s Award is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

This award recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit team or program delivery team in moving an area or audience toward achievement of the Council’s goals during a fiscal or membership year. Specific examples of the nominee team/group’s outstanding service are noted in the nomination and endorsement.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsement.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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Thanks Badge

The Thanks Badge is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

This is the highest award given in Girl Scouting reserved for individual members whose service to the organization has been truly outstanding and is so significantly over and above the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate. The nominee’s service must have benefited the total Council or the entire Girl Scout organization.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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Thanks Badge II

The Thanks Badge II is a GSUSA National Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

The Thanks Badge II is a recognition of continued outstanding service by a Thanks Badge recipient to the total Council or entire Girl Scout organization. 

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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Girl Scouts of Orange County Awards

Select an award category below to learn more and access the online nomination form! Nominations are due annually on February 4.

Opening Doors

The Opening Doors Award is a GSOC Council Award that is approved by the GSOC Adult Recognition Committee, GSOC CEO and Board of Directors. 

The Opening Doors Award is for volunteers who have introduced Girl Scouting to an otherwise un-served or under-served area or group.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m. 

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Service Unit Awards

Select an award category below to learn more and access the online nomination form! Nominations are due annually on Feb 4th but please review criteria for additional due dates.

Orange Owl

The Orange Owl Award is a Girl Scouts of Orange County Council recognition and is given only by a Service Unit. This award is given to volunteers who have consistently given outstanding service to Girl Scouts in their Service Unit.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

This is a year-round award.

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Spotlight Award

The Spotlight Award is a Girl Scouts of Orange County Council recognition. This award is given to volunteers who have previously received the Orange Owl and continued to give outstanding service to the Service Unit. Service Unit’s can have one Spotlight Awardee each year.

Review the complete criteria before submitting the nomination and endorsements.

Submission deadline for this award is February 4th by 6:08 p.m.

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Girl Scout Shining Star Award

Girl Scout Shining Star Award

This year-round award is a Service Unit award for members or nonmembers who have assisted a troop or troops or a Service Unit without an official volunteer title or role. This individual is someone the troop leans on for any kind of assistance and is appropriate for cookie helpers and any other family member or friend who has helped a troop or troops or Service Unit.

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Go-Getter

Go-Getter:

What is a Go-Getter? A Go-Getter is a volunteer who expresses vision, ambition, and persists through challenges. This volunteer works either directly with girls, adults or both and their work identifies with a Go-Getter characteristics.

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Innovator

Innovator:

What is an Innovator? An Innovator can solve problems with creativity, curiosity, and resourcefulness. This volunteer works either directly with girls, adults or both and their work identifies with an Innovator's characteristics.

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Risk-Taker

Risk-Taker:

What is a Risk-Taker? A Risk-Taker is a volunteer who makes decisions, faces fears, and takes on new experiences. This volunteer works either directly with girls, adults or both and their work identifies with a Risk-Taker's characteristics.

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Leader

Leader:

What is a Leader? A Leader is a volunteer who can empathize, identify strengths, and empower others. This volunteer works either directly with girls, adults, or both and their work identifies with a Leader's characteristics. ​

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Other Recognitions & Honors

Select an award category below to learn more and access the online nomination form! Nominations are due annually on February 4.

Numeral Guard Pin

Numeral Guard Pin:

Recognizes years of membership in any Girl Scout council. The numeral guard pin recognizes the total years of membership, including girl and adult years at five year intervals after 25 years as a Girl Scout member. 
**For Girl Scout years below 25 years, numeral guard pins can be purchased through the Girl Scout shop.**

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There's a Badge for That


Yep! There's a Badge for That.

Check out this shareable Girl Scout Volunteer Digital Badge made just for you! The owner of this badge is dedicated to fostering emotional, intellectual, and physical growth among girls in our communities!

 

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