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Frequently Asked Questions - Adult Recognitions

Girl Scouting is made possible through dedicated contributions of adults who enjoy helping girls develop knowledge and skills for the future. Adults in Girl Scouting, both volunteer and employed staff, play an important role in helping girls enjoy exciting benefits of Girl Scouting. By sharing their time, knowledge and skills at all levels of the Girl Scout program, Adult Girl Scouts positively impact the Girl Scout organization and the community around them.

We want to make sure our adult volunteers get the recognition they deserve. Adult volunteers can be recognized with our Formal Awards or with Informal Recognitions.

Formal awards are to recognize exemplary service and significant contributions. Informal recognitions are best for honoring or recognizing annual service, good performance and longevity.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can nominate a volunteer for awards?

All Girl Scout volunteers, staff, girl members and/or their families can submit a nomination.

Note to service units: It is helpful if you designate a contact person in your service unit and instruct volunteers and families to include that person’s name on the nomination application under the “designated contact person” field.

How are awards distributed?

The Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin and Thanks Badges are given at the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois’ annual meeting. In addition, the nominator and/or recipients may also choose to present the awards at a local event. All other awards are mentioned and recognized at the annual meeting and have the option to receive the awards at local events or via mail.

When are nominations due?

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois’ awards review committee reviews nominations for the Appreciation Pin, Honor Pin, and Thanks badges once per year. Submit nominations by February 13, 2015 for service completed in the previous program year (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014). Nominations for all other adult awards are accepted year round.

Do any awards honor service in the current program year?

The Volunteer of Excellence award is the only award available to be given in the current program year.

Do I need to do anything to receive my Years of Service Pin?

Years of Service Pins are awarded in five year increments. When you R.S.V.P. for the Annual Meeting you are asked to provide your years of service to Girl Scouting. If you are in attendance you are awarded with your Years of Service Pin. If you are not in attendance, you may purchase your Years of Service Pin from any of our GSCI Trefoil Boutiques.

Where can I find nomination forms?

You may find nomination forms, endorsement questionnaires and specific award information on our Adult Recognitions page.

What is new about nominations and endorsements?

Girl Scouts of Central Illinois now provides a writeable pdf endorsement questionnaire specific to each award. It provides a question and answer format designed to help nominators and endorsers best describe the volunteers’ service.

How do I wear the Adult Recognitions appropriately?

There is a proper way to display recognitions. Please see Adult Girl Scout Insignia Placement.

Where do I submit the nomination forms?

All adult recognition paperwork needs to be sent to Erica Douglas with the exception of the Volunteer of Excellence paperwork which is sent to your local Membership Specialist for approval.

What help is available?

Contact Yemi Yisrael, Volunteer Specialist, with questions or to discuss which award is most appropriate for a volunteer.

Erica Douglas
888-623-1237 ext. 1506