2015 Volunteer Recognitions

Here is your chance to shine the spotlight on a volunteer who has made an amazing difference in your life!

Girl Scouts of Kansas Heartland values all volunteers and the contributions they make in developing girl leaders. The annual volunteer recognition program is an opportunity for girls, parents, and service units to recognize special volunteers in your community! Nominations are due by February 2, 2015.  Any girl, troop, parent, or volunteer can submit a nomination.

For Girls and Parents

Any girl or parent can submit a nomination. To recognize a troop leader or co-leader, or any volunteer who works directly with girls, please select the Volunteer of Excellence. For a volunteer who helps with your service unit or with multiple troops, the Appreciation Pin (service in one geographic area) or the Honor Pin (service in two or more geographic areas) may be the best choice. Be sure to provide details and specific examples on your nomination form, so that the recognitions committee can understand how special this volunteer is to you! Click here for the nomination form for Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, or Honor Pin.

Girl Scout Volunteer Awards

Application for Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, or Honor Pin-All nominees must be registered members of Girls Scouts of the USA. Volunteer Awards are for service performed during the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Year (October 2013 through September 2014).
    Select Award-Check the most appropriate option. Awards committee reserves the right to final award selection. Appreciation Pin and Honor Pin apply for volunteers helping with service units or multiple troops.
 

For Service Units

Service Units may nominate volunteers for the Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, or Honor Pin (above), and may also submit nominations for the highest awards: Thanks Badge I & II (for service affecting the entire council or Girl Scout movement); President’s Award (for a service team or committee); regional awards; or the Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award (GSKH council award for lasting and continuous dedication to Girl Scouting). These awards require details and additional documentation, and are best submitted by more than one person from the service unit. In addition, service units can request Candle Pins (for first year volunteers who have completed all required learning sessions); Year Pins (designating years in Girl Scouting, beginning with 5 years); and letters or certificates for Girl Scout supporters in your community. Click here for the nomination form for Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, or Honor Pin.

 

Girl Scout Volunteer Awards

Application for Volunteer of Excellence, Appreciation Pin, or Honor Pin-All nominees must be registered members of Girls Scouts of the USA. Volunteer Awards are for service performed during the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Year (October 2013 through September 2014).
    Select Award-Check the most appropriate option. Awards committee reserves the right to final award selection. Appreciation Pin and Honor Pin apply for volunteers helping with service units or multiple troops.

Click here for the nomination form for Thanks Badge, Regional Awards, President’s Award, or Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award.
 

Girl Scout Volunteer Awards (Thanks Badge, Regional Awards, President's Award, or JGLAA)

Application for Thanks Badge, Regional Awards, President's Award, or JGLAA. All nominees must be registered members of Girls Scouts of the USA. These Volunteer Awards are for service performed during the 2013-2014 Girl Scout Year (October 2013 through September 2014).
    Check the most appropriate option. Awards committee reserves the right to final award selection.
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  • For the Thanks Badge, Regional Awards, or the Juliette Gordon Low Achievement Award, submit up to 3 letters of recommendation for the nominee, photos, and any other documentation about the nominee's contributions to Girl Scouting across the council. For the President's Award, please submit an additional list of the team's accomplishments and contributions to Girl Scouting. The committee is particularly interested in details on girl and adult membership, volunteer support, activities for girls, and how Girl Scouts has been represented in the community (newspaper or media articles). You may also attach photos, articles, and/or event flyers.

Click here to request Candle or Year Pins.
 

Service Unit Order Form - Candle and Year Pins

These pins can be approved and given at the Service Unit level and do not require approval by the Volunteer Recognition committee. These pins are provided by the council at NO charge.
  • Name:Troop:Registered Girl Scout?Current Volunteer Application?Has Completed (please list, Intro to Troop Management, Online Girl Scouting, and/or Other) 
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    Please complete the information on the recipients. Attach additional sheet(s) if necessary. Service Unit recognitions are for service during the current (2014-2015) Girl Scout year.
  • Name:Years: 
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Click here to request Community Participation Letters or Citizenship in Girl Scouting certificates.
 

Service Unit Order Form - Community Recognitions

Community Participation Letters and Citizenship in Girl Scouting Certificates offer a way for Service Units to recognize individuals, businesses, or organizations that have provided assistance to Girl Scouts in the community, by helping a troop/group, service unit, or the council. Letters and certificates will be distributed to the requesting Service Unit in April, so that you may include additional thank you notes to the recipient.
  • Individual and/or Organization Name:Address:City, State, Zip:Brief description of service: 
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Need help getting started?  Check out these sample nominations!

DO: provide detailed examples of volunteer service

  •  “He consistently provides the girls with an exceptional experience at troop meetings by being incredibly prepared, thoughtful in his planning, and thorough.”
  •  “She is a first year troop leader, but she has such an enthusiasm for Girl Scouts and she is able to convey it to the girls. She literally stood outside the front of the school for the first 2 weeks of school meeting as many of the girls in her grade levels and their parents, introducing herself as the new Brownie leader.”
  • “She continued with the program with little help from other volunteers or parents, growing to 30 girls in one year in a single multi-age troop. She now this year has 36 girls and 8 volunteers in 3 troops to work with her. She keeps the Girl Scout name alive in her community.”

DON’T: make vague statements in your nomination

  • “She uses the Girl Scout program as it’s supposed to be done.”
  • “She has had the same girls in her troop since they were Daisies.”
  • “He is a really good leader.”

PDF versions

Volunteer Award descriptions

2015 Service Unit Order Form Candle and Year Pins

2015 Service Unit Order Form Community Recognition

2015 Volunteer Nomination form Pres JGL Thanks Reg

2015 Volunteer Nomination form VE AP HP