Girl Scout Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization!
Whether troop parents who shop for a troop camping trip, drive girls to or from their adventures, become CPR and First Aid or Camping Certified, run the troop product sales, and keep track of troop paperwork—or the Troop Leaders who do much of the above and more—nothing can happen without these dedicated and hard-working dynamos, and showing them appreciation is a must!
Each year in the spring our Service Unit holds a Leader Appreciation Event. Invitations go out to all registered Troop Leaders. Troops should make sure to do something to thank their special troop parent volunteers as well!
April 22nd is official Girl Scout Leaders Day. Make time to thank the special Girl Scout Leaders and Mentors in your life! For some great Girl Scout thank you ideas, check out the Girl Scouts NorCal Appreciation Pinterest board.
Ways to recognize your troop volunteers
The best ways to say thank you to your troop volunteers are often the most simple to do. A handmade card or gift from the scouts, photo keepsakes, a gift card for a dinner or a movie night are all great ways to say thanks. Recognitions can be done at any troop event, meeting, or end of year ceremony. When the recipient is recognized it will make the expression of gratitude more memorable. Remember to get scouts involved!
Council and National Level Awards (Girl Scouts NorCal and GSUSA awards)
To nominate a special volunteer for a Council or National Award check out the Awards and Recognitions page of the GSNorCal website. Council and National Level Awards are presented by the council at special recognition events held in the fall. Nominations and Letter of Endorsement forms are due to council by June 30th, each year, and can be submitted online.
Redwood City Service Unit Recognitions (RWCGS awards)
There are several awards and insignia for truly significant service that the Service Unit can present to volunteers. Anyone can nominate someone for a Service Unit Award! Just check the info below for the award that best fits the volunteer you'd like to honor and click the link to fill out the online nomination form. Awards will be presented at our leader meetings throughout the year. Whenever possible we will invite the nominator and the award recipient to present and receive the award in person.
To nominate someone for any of the Service Unit Awards, read the descriptions below and click here for the online nomination form.
Adult Recognitions and Awards
Volunteer of Excellence (GSUSA pin)
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.
Is an active, registered and screened adult Girl Scout.
Succesfully completed a term of service and requirements for the position.
Perform beyond expectations for the position to support the council's mission delivery goals or deliver GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio.
Actively recognize and practice inclusive behavior.
Green Angel (GSNorCal patch)
Recognizes an adult volunteer who brought Girl Scout program to his/her Service Unit in the most creative or innovative way for the year.
Examples include a special service project, unique sponsorship, etc.
Rookie of the Year (GSNorCal certificate)
Recognizes an outstanding NEW troop leader who has done a fantastic job with his or her troop, girls and adults throughout his or her first year.
Leader must have completed council required trainings for new leaders
Must be a registered adult Girl Scout with an approved volunteer screening on file with council
Must have had attended or had someone else from the troop attend at all leader meetings from the time the troop began through the remainder of the current GS year.
Family of the Year (GSNorCal certificate)
Recognizes a family that has contributed outstanding service, such as supporting their troop, camps, special events, product sales, or fulfilling other significant roles.
All types of families are eligible, including single parents, guardians, etc.
Father of the Year (GSNorCal certificate)
Recognizes the most outstanding father or male guardian who was always there when the troop or service unit needed him.
Community Partner (GSNorCal certificate)
Recognizes groups or individuals within the community who have had a positive impact on the service unit by volunteering, providing in-kind or financial donations, or providing other outstanding support to Girl Scouts.
Megan Ducker Pinnacle Award (Service Unit pin)
Recognizes troop leaders who demonstrated long-term commitment, dedication, and excellence in Redwood City Girl Scouts. This award was established in honor of outstanding volunteer Megan Ducker and her positive, indefatigable attitude volunteering with Girl Scouts for 20 years (12 of them as the Leader Support Manager), captaining countless Camporees, and making the arduous climb leading a troop from kindergarten all the way to the pinnacle of high school graduation.
Served as leader (or co-leader) at each level, Daisy through Ambassador (does not have to be the same troop all the way through)
Active member of Service Unit
Led at least one Service Unit event