Informal Adult recognitions

Recognition—do it often and make it meaningful. Get creative! 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.

Informal Ways to Recognize Volunteers
  • Girl Scout tokens — check the Girl Scout catalogue or visit our Girl Scout Shop
  • Celebrate Leader Appreciation Day on April 22
  • Certificates
  • Personal handwritten note cards
  • Scrapbook
  • Telephone call
  • Electronic greeting cards
  • Flowers
  • Framed photo or picture collage
  • Themed recognition (hearts, shamrocks, stars, angels)
  • Fun awards (wishbone, funny bone, backbone, hats, gems and rocks, hand, puzzle piece)
  • One minute praise to say thanks
Troop Committee Thank You Gift Ideas
  • First Aider — small travel first aid kit
  • Troop Camper — whistle
  • Treasurer — coin purse
  • Fall Product Manager — nut dish
  • Cookie Sale Manager — cookie jar or cookie cutters
  • Record Keeper — pen and pencil set
  • Refreshment Coordinator — coffee mug
  • Transportation Coordinator — key chain or set of maps

Service Unit Recognition Ideas
  • Celebrate with an Investiture and Rededication Ceremony or other Girl Scout traditions
  • Public acknowledgement in your local newspaper
  • Service unit honor rolls for example, leaders with 12 girls or more, leaders returning for a second year, leaders who are creative in having girls plan and implement activities, or volunteer learning stars who have completed recommended adult learning sessions within six months.
  • Volunteer thank you kits

Online Resources