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Adult Recognition

Girl Scout volunteers, adult members and partners guide, mentor, and help girls develop skills and confidence that will last a lifetime. They give their time, effort and passion to help girls make the world a better place. Girl Scouting wouldn’t be possible without them!

This is why it’s so important to say thank you. That’s where you come in!

There are all kinds of Girl Scout awards available to recognize the many different people - leaders, parents, friends in the community, service team members, and others - who make Girl Scouting happen.

Read below to learn more about each award and how you can nominate a special Girl Scout adult. 

What Awards are Available?

Whatever a volunteer's strengths, there's an award to show your (or your girl’s) appreciation for everything they do. Discover all of the local and national level recognitions available! Explore Adult Awards.

How Do I Nominate, and Who Can Nominate?

Nominating is easy! The level of the award determines how many endorsements (letters of recommendation) are required. In most cases, a simple form submission will get the ball rolling. Review the Adult Awards and Recognitions Guide for specific nomination requirements for each award.  

Nomination forms can be printed off the forms page.

Anyone can nominate (even – and especially! – girls), so nominate today!

Important Dates

October – January
The nomination process begins! Write, gather and submit your nominations for both local and national awards.

January 15
National recognition nominations are due to your service unit manager.

January 25 - EXTENDED TO FEBRUARY 1, 2017
Final nominations/endorsements for National Awards, Alumni Awards (Golden Rose and Golden Lifetime) are due to the GSOSW Learning Services department.

February 15
Nominations for Volunteer of Excellence, Outstanding Community Partner and service unit awards are due to your service unit manager.

March 1
Final nominations/endorsements for Volunteer of Excellence, Outstanding Community Partner, Owl Award and service unit awards are due to the GSOSW Learning Services department.

Adult Recognition Order Forms (form #505) are also due to GSOSW March 1.

April 8
National and council recognitions are presented at the GSOSW Annual Meeting.

April 22
Leader’s Day! Find a way to thank a leader in your life.

Service unit awards and recognitions not distributed at the annual meeting are sent to service units for distribution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out the FAQs for answers to common questions about the adult awards process. Still need help? Contact us.

Contact Information

Have a question about an award, or need help with the nomination process? Check in with your local service unit manager for guidance.

Still need help? We’re here for you! Send us a note at

Awards Committee

The Awards Committee is made up of adult volunteers who are passionate about recognizing the hard work and dedication of Girl Scout volunteers, adult members and partners from around the council. Committee members evaluate recognition programs and review nominations at 4-5 meetings per year (by phone or in person as possible) and represent the committee at awards ceremonies. The committee is always happy to welcome new members, and is currently looking for additional representation outside of the Portland area. To learn more or express interest, please contact

Thank you to our current committee members!

Tami Allison
Jean Carter
Amanda Cottam
Kristine Emberlin
Carolyn Eubanks
Kathy Farmer
Betty Freeman
Mary Russell