Each year, Girl Scouts formally recognizes those adult volunteers who
have made significant accomplishments and gone above and beyond to
empower girls. Girl Scout awards are deeply rooted in tradition and
create a great sense of gratification and achievement. At GSOSW, we
depend on and value our volunteers who deliver and support the Girl
Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) for girls, as well as our community
members who live out Girl Scout values. Recipients are those who have
shown outstanding service to girls and/or adults in Girl Scouts, and
actively understand and practice the values of inclusive behavior.
Awards given by GSOSW are comprised of national awards that are
recognized across all Girl Scout councils and unique council-specific
awards created by GSOSW. Recognition of a volunteer or group is
awarded for service during the current or most recent membership year,
at either a service unit ceremony in the spring, or a regional
ceremony put on by the council in the fall. Any current member of
GSOSW can nominate and/or endorse another current member (or
business/community partner for relevant awards).
See below for award descriptions, nomination instructions, and
submission deadlines. Questions? Contact email@example.com.
2019-2020 Changes to Volunteer Awards
The Outstanding Community Partner award has been combined
with the Outstanding Community Supporter award, and will now be
presented solely by the service unit. See the description for the
Outstanding Community Supporter award below for how to submit
recognition for community organizations who have supported Girl Scouts
for multiple years.
The Owl Award’s description and criteria have been updated to
include any volunteer who provides learning opportunities to girls
and/or adults in Girl Scouts. They no longer have to be a member of
the GSOSW Trainer Corps!This award is now also going to be reviewed
and presented by the service unit in the spring, so contact your
service team to inquire about their deadline for submitting a #501
form, which now includes the Owl Award.
Please note that the firstname.lastname@example.org email is no
longer valid. Nominations should all be submitted to either your
service unit manager or via the online submission form. Questions
should be directed to email@example.com.
Awards Presented in the Spring
The Volunteer Awards Spring Submission Form is due April
1 for service performed between April 1 and March 31.
The service unit presents the awards listed below locally in the
spring, during either a volunteer appreciation ceremony in April or at
a year-end ceremony. To nominate a candidate, complete the Service Unit Adult Recognition Nomination Form
#501, attach the required letters of endorsement, and submit
to your service unit manager by the date determined by your service
Letters of endorsement should include 150-200 words explaining the
reason for endorsing this person for the award, information/list on
the impact and results of the candidate’s actions, how the candidate
went above and beyond the expectations for their volunteer position
(if applicable), and how the endorser is familiar with the candidate’s
performance and contribution to GSOSW.
After the service team reviews and approves all nominations and #501
forms, a service team member will complete the online
Volunteer Awards Spring Submission Form
#505 for every candidate/awardee by April 15. Service unit
teams determine eligibility for awards and choose one member to submit
all #505 forms (if a volunteer would like to nominate a service team
member and keep the award a surprise, they may contact another member
of the service team and have them submit a separate form). Awards
submitted will be delivered to service units by April 30.
Awards Presented in the Fall
Nominations due June 15 for service performed between
October 1 and August 31. Nominations for any service
completed during the summer months (June, July and August) can be
submitted by August 31.
The awards listed below are presented at regional council-sponsored
ceremonies in the fall and include all of the national awards with
established criteria developed by GSUSA, as well as some GSOSW awards.
To nominate a candidate, complete the online Volunteer Awards Fall Submission Form #502 and attach required letters
of endorsement by June 15.
Nominations do not have to be pre-approved at the service unit
level, however please inform the service unit manager of your intent
to nominate a candidate so as to prevent duplicate nominations. A
service unit is welcome to plan coordination of all submissions, as
long as the submission deadline is still met. All nominees should be
in good standing with GSOSW.
Letters of endorsement should include the following information:
- Describe the service performed by the candidate, including
details about who it served (group, individual or geographic area),
date(s), duration and location, and what resources were needed or
accessed to complete it.
- What made the service exceptional
beyond the expectations of the candidate’s current volunteer
position (if applicable)?
- Describe the impact on those who
benefited from the service.
- How did this service promote or
model leadership for girls, adults or both?
- How the
endorser is familiar with the candidate’s performance and
contribution to GSOSW.
Nominations for these awards are reviewed and approved by the GSOSW
Volunteer Awards and Recognition Committee. Awardees and nominators
will be notified in early fall with an invitation to their regional ceremony.
Please note that the Awards Committee reviews and evaluates all
qualifying criteria to determine eligibility of nominee. The
committee may deny or alter the award the candidate was nominated
for to better reflect the service performed.
Awards for Gold Award Girl Scouts
Want to help review awards?
For the awards presented in the spring, nominations are reviewed by
the service team to verify service performed and confirm that the
individual or group is in good standing (as outlined in GSOSW’s
Council Volunteer Policies and Procedures). Service teams vary in when
and how often they meet to approve awards before the April 1 deadline,
so contact your service team if you are interested in helping with
For the awards presented in the fall, an appointed Volunteer Awards
and Recognition Committee reviews all national and council
nominations. 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.