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Volunteer Recognitions

Nominate an outstanding volunteer from your community! Our program's impact is made possible by passionate community members who dedicate their time and resources to building girls of courage, confidence, and character. The volunteers in eastern Iowa and western Illinois champions for girls and are recognized at an annual celebration in the spring.

Below you will find the criteria for the highest honors for volunteers in our council. 

Annually, applications are due by the first of February. Gather your letter of endorsements (letters supporting why you are nominating a volunteer) before filling out Nomination form. Once you have all the letters, fill out the nomination form, cut and paste your endorsement letter(s) into the provided space and hit submit.

Applications must be submitted with the nomination and all letters of endorsement at one time. Please email with any questions.

Volunteer of Excellence

Recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members


Nomination Form
1 Letter(s) of Endorsement Required

Appreciation Pin

Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE). This service, which has had measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps the council reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals for that area

Nomination Form
2 Letter(s) of Endorsement Required

Honor Pin

Recognizes an individual’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE), which has had measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission delivery goals.

Nomination Form
3 Letter(s) of Endorsement Required

Thanks Badge


Recognizes outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted benefits the total Council or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Nomination Form
4 Letter(s) of Endorsement Required

Thanks Badge II


Recognizes a Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the total council or entire Girl Scout Movement.

Nomination Form
4 Letter(s) of Endorsement Required

President's Award

Recognizes a service unit team who surpasses team goals and results in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals

Outstanding Service Award

This award is for short-term or episodic community volunteers, typically working with a program or event, but could include interns as well.

Volunteer and Membership Year Pin


Volunteer and Membership Year Pin Service Units or individuals may purchase membership year numerals and volunteer year pins (5-15 years) as they are earned.  The council purchases volunteer pins for 20+ years and honor these volunteers at the Annual Meeting and Volunteer Celebration.

Honor Troops

Honor Troop
There are so many things to do, places to be, and people to meet in Girl Scouts. As a Troop Leader, you might get a little lost on where to start. Our team put together a helpful checklist of the top ranked activities by girls! If your Troop achieves all eight steps, our marketing team will give your Troop a shout out on social media for your achievements. Download your Honor Troop Checklist and find the steps below.

  1. Set and keep a regular meeting time and location
  2. Participate in Girl Scout traditions like reciting the Promise and Law at each meeting
  3. Complete a community service project
  4. Take part in an outdoor activity
  5. Experience a field trip or Girl Scout event
  6. Earn badges and journeys
  7. Participate in the Fall Product and Cookie Programs
  8. Have fun with each activity and include girls in planning

Achieve all eight steps? Complete our quick form and attach photos.

Honor Troop Application