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Recognizing Adult Volunteers

Recognizing Adult Volunteers and

Creating a Culture of Appreciation in Girl Scouting



A culture of appreciation is one where those working for the mission of Girl Scouts feel respected and valued for her or his service and contribution. Without the work of adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio would not be able to provide the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and build girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. It is important for this work to be recognized in a variety of ways.

The key to successfully recognizing volunteers is three-fold:
  • Do it well.
  • Do it often.
  • Make it meaningful.


Recognition includes a mixture of informal and formal methods that acknowledge all volunteer accomplishments and meet a wide variety of personal preferences. When thinking of ways to thank volunteers, ask yourself, "What can I do to show appreciation in a meaningful way?"


For more information about both informal and formal methods of recognition, download the Adult Recognitions in Girl Scouting Guide or use the menu to the left to download individual award nomination materials or service unit recognition event materials.


Wondering how to wear adult awards on your Girl Scout uniform?

Download the Adult Award Placement image to make sure you display your awards correctly and proudly!