The impact of Girl Scouts 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 are champions for girls and are recognized at an annual celebration in the spring. Award nominations are accepted from May 1-February 1.
Applications must be submitted with the nomination and all letters of endorsement at one time. We recommend collecting your letter of endorsements before filling out nomination form. When completing the application, copy and paste the endorsement letters into the provided space and submit. Please email Info@GirlScoutsToday.org with any questions.
Recognizes a volunteer who has continued to deliver outstanding service for 2 or more years after receiving the Volunteer of Excellence Award. Nominees must be a registered volunteer in good standing.
An example of a good candidate: A volunteer who has served as a troop leader for 6 years, and has helped host the service unit cookie rally the last two years.
Requirements: Nomination letter, plus one endorsement
Recognizes a volunteer who has continued to deliver exemplary service in at least one Service Unit for 2 or more years after receiving the Appreciation Pin. Nominees must be a registered volunteer in good standing.
An example of a good candidate: A third year Service Unit Director who has served on multiple service unit team roles over the past 8 years, and received the Appreciation Pin 4 years ago for their work as a Service Unit Product Manager.
Requirements: Nomination letter, plus two endorsements
The Thanks Badge honors an individual whose ongoing commitment,
leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact
on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the entire
council or the entire Girl Scout Movement. The outstanding service
performed by the candidate resulted in outcomes that benefitted 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.
An example of a good candidate: A volunteer who created a volunteer-led day camp event for the service unit. As they continued to invite Girl Scouts from other service units, it grew to become a council-wide event, serving hundreds of Girl Scouts from across the council over 8 years.
Requirements: Nomination, plus four endorsement letters
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.