Being a Girl Scout volunteer is rewarding but a big commitment. Our volunteers go above and beyond making a difference in the lives of girls across central Indiana.
Each year they give their time and talents, helping girls gain confidence to try new activities and become positive forces in their community. The Girl Scouts of Central Indiana and Girl Scouts of the USA awards have been updated and there are new awards for volunteers to earn. A complete listing of all awards is described below along with the criteria and tips for writing a successful nomination. All nominations are due March 15 each year.
The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience 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. Guidelines
The Lead the Way Award recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service has had a measurable impact on one service unit or local area. The individual had previously earned GSUSA’s Appreciation Pin. Guidelines
The Honor Pin recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience, which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals. Guidelines
Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership and service have had an exceptional. measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. Guidelines
Thanks Badge II honors an individual whose ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission delivery goals and priorities of the entire council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. Guidelines
The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes four troop leaders who have contributed outstanding service to their troop, going above and beyond their responsibilities. The troop leader has made a significant, positive impact on the lives of girls. His/her service empowers girls to develop courage, confidence and character through troop activities, Girl Scout Journeys and Badges and take action projects. With the troop leader’s guidance, girls have opportunities to work cooperatively and learn by doing in a safe, girl-led environment. These four recipients will be invited to the United We Lead award ceremony on June 26, where one will receive the GSCI Outstanding Leader of the Year Award. Guidelines
Years of Service Awarded to registered volunteers for years of service. Pins come in 5-year increments. GSCI will purchase pins for service of 20 years and more.
Recognition—do it often and make it meaningful. We have put together 10 Simple Ways to Thank Volunteers to get you started along with thank you card templates, get creative, there are so many great ideas! Informal recognitions are day-to-day ways to say “thank you” to volunteers. These sincere expressions of appreciation are based on specific contributions and are given in a timely manner. Informal recognition is powerful and effective, because volunteers feel valued by a personal touch.