Volunteer Recognition Awards
Each year Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas hosts a Volunteer Recognition Event to honor volunteers who have been nominated and selected to receive a board-approved award. Volunteers giving service that significantly impacts the Girl Scout council can be nominated for one of the following board-approved awards:
- Community Partner Award -- Presented to corporations, agencies, organizations, businesses, and community individuals who have provided exceptional support to the council.
- Girl Scout Volunteer Service Award -- Presented to volunteers who have completed their first successful service on a board committee or a council task group, or a volunteer who has served notably as a service team member or with Girl Scouts of the USA.
- Appreciation Pin -- For outstanding service, which goes above and beyond expectations, and is delivered to at least one geographic area or service unit within the council's jurisdiction. The volunteer service given by the individuals receiving this award contributes greatly to the council's goals and objectives.
- Mentoring Award -- Given to volunteers who have gained sufficient skills and experience as a coach or mentor. Recipients of the mentoring award must have coached and mentored volunteers resulting in their retention for at least two years. A mentor is a sounding board, someone who helps adults new to Girl Scouts solve challenges and problems. The Mentoring Award recognizes outstanding volunteers who have become mentors or have provided ongoing support resulting in the retention of volunteers.
- Honor Pin -- Recipients have repeatedly given outstanding service beyond the local level to a broad segment of the council and have significantly contributed to the achievement of one or more of the council’s goals in membership growth, fund development or community visibility in two or more geographic areas. In addition, they actively recognize, understand, and practice the values of inclusiveness and the Girl Scout Mission.
- Daisy Pin (unique to GSSWT) -- An award exclusive to Girl Scouts of Southwest Texas, it recognizes those volunteers who have made a significantly outstanding contribution to Girl Scouting in the council, have performed consistently above and beyond what is required, and have given service to the service unit or to the council for at least two years. Recipients of this unique award have shown outstanding leadership skills in a variety of positions.
- Thanks Badge -- Is presented for outstanding service that benefits the total council or entire Girl Scout Movement. Recipients have taken a leadership role in programs at the council level in one or more areas such as retention, funding, and innovative programs. The service recognized by the national Thanks Badge is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award is appropriate.
- Thanks Badge II -- The Thanks Badge II for continuing service recognizes volunteers who have already received the Thanks Badge and who have continued to contribute in extraordinary ways to the success of the entire council. The result of their time, talents, dedication, and commitment to serve make the entire Girl Scout Movement stronger. This award is given to individuals whose service is outstanding and is so significantly beyond expectations that no other award is appropriate.