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Volunteer Awards & Recognition

Do you know a volunteer who has done outstanding work? A volunteer who has inspired your daughter, provided a fantastic event for the girls in your service unit or made day camp the best ever?

Take some time to consider the following GSUSA National Awards and Girl Scouts of Western Ohio awards and nominate this outstanding volunteer for a Girl Scout award.

Award nominations will reopen in the fall of 2021!

Don’t forget to request your Girl Scout Membership Pin and your Volunteer Years of Service Pin-20 (+) years and higher. These are awarded in five-year increments. All pin requests are due by February 1.

Girl Scouts of the USA National Awards
  • Volunteer of Excellence Award
  • Volunteer of Excellence Award

    For outstanding servicewhile partnering directly with the girls to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the use of Girl Scout Journeys, the Girls Guide to Girl Scouting, the Volunteer Toolkit, or any other GSUSA resource.

    Award Packet Requires: 2 endorsements

  • Appreciation Pin
  • Appreciation Pin

    Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service to one service unit or geographic area.

    Award Packet Requires: 2 endorsements

  • Honor Pin
  • Honor Pin

    Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service to two or more service units or geographic areas.

    Award Packet Requires: 3 endorsements

  • Thanks Badge
  • Thanks Badge

    Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service that has benefited the entire council or Girl Scout Movement.

    Award Packet Requires: 4 endorsements

  • Thanks Badge II
  • Thanks Badge II

    Recognizes a volunteer for outstanding service that has benefited the entire council or Girl Scout Movement who has already received the Thanks Badge.

    Award Packet Requires: 4 endorsements

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio Awards
Service Team Star

Recognizes a volunteer who is currently or has been a service unit team member or appointed administrative volunteer, who has helped a service unit achieve one of their core responsibilities: recruit & retain members, direct support to leaders & girls, educating community about Girl Scouting, act as a communication center for Girl Scout volunteers, provide activities that reflect the Girl Scout Leadership Experience or providing on-going coaching and education to volunteers

Award Packet Requires: 2 endorsements


Green Badge of Courage

Recognizes a volunteer who has performed a courageous act or met a challenge in a creative way within their role as a Girl Scout volunteer.

Award Packet Requires: 2 endorsements

Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Month is a quick and easy way for volunteers, girls, and parents to recognize a volunteer for their time and dedication with Girl Scouts.

From planning a big event, to the small special moments shared with the girls—all their efforts are appreciated and important to building girls of courage, confidence, and character! Each month, one volunteer will be selected in every region of western Ohio (North, Central, and South).

February 2021

Tina Conklin – North Region – Troop Leader – Troop 12263 
Tina does an amazing job with the girls. The girls adore her and they listen along with doing what they are supposed to. She was the reason my daughter stayed in Girl Scouts this year.

Dora Weis – Central Region – Troop Leader – Troop 30002
Dora exhibits all aspects of the Girl Scout law and helps to lead our troop with positivity and patience. She is always looking for opportunities to give our second grade brownies new experiences and work with them to make Girl Scouts a Girl Led environment. We've had to roll with the punches this year and Dora was quick to start thinking of ideas on how we could keep all our girls together and what badges we could work on social distanced and outside. She epitomizes the Go getter, innovator and Leader aspects of Girl Scouting and exhibits that behavior as a fantastic role model for our girls!

Saundra Oprea – South Region – Troop Leader – Troop 40259
Saundra was an amazing collaborative Troop leader and proactively reached out to me to ask about doing a meeting with our Brownie Troop. She and her Troop helped our Brownies earn a Science Badge and also hosted a Virtual Cookie Rally. I really appreciated her reaching out to me to help - she also gave a great supply list and our Brownies had such a blast in the Science Badge meeting that had a Halloween theme ending with a dance party.

Past Volunteers of the Month

North Region
Clare Hylant - November 2018
Haley Wulff - December 2018
Mandy Stout - January 2019
Penny Choma - February 2019
Ann Rice - March 2019
Christine Patterson - April 2019
Rosey VonSacken - May 2019
Julie Hankenhof - June 2019
Amanda Ehinger - November 2019
Susan Daniels - December 2019
Rebecca Lewis - January 2020
Ashley Oloshove - February 2020
Nioka Weichman - March 2020
Felica Boyd - April 2020
Vicki Blanco - May 2020
Jessica Stombaugh - January 2021

Central Region
Kerrie Weise - November 2018
Kelly Bonilla - December 2018
Nancy Mauter - January 2019
Donna Mayes - February 2019
Becky Puff - March 2019
Peggy Taulbee - April 2019
Jessica Wells - May 2019
Rachel Collins - June 2019
Jessica Wells - November 2019
Heidi Clements - December 2019
Beth Martin - January 2020
Jalynn Helton - February 2020
Heather Tuttle - March 2020
Catherine Muterspaw - April 2020
Kadijah Taylor - May 2020
Maria Demey - December 2020
Jill Henry - January 2021

South Region
Sarah Sturgeon - November 2018
Beth Wittich - December 2018
Angel Blevins - January 2019
Debbie Phillips - February 2019
Heidi Tucker & Carrie Sears - March 2019
Jen Strickler - April 2019
Jenny McMahon - May 2019
Ashlee Williams - June 2019
Andrea Buell - November 2019
Cheri Fitch - December 2019
Julie Walulik, Shana Borger, & Michele Kelley - January 2020
Gillian Woodard - February 2020
Chrissy Dawson - March 2020
Sarah Bailey - April 2020
Lynne Castle - May 2020
Holly Griffin - December 2020
Shannon Richardson & Yakaira Alexander-Ramos - January 2021 

Membership & Years of Service Pins
Membership Year Pin

This pin indicates the total number of years as a registered member of Girl Scouts, including girl and adult years. The pin comes in 5-year increments: 5, 10, 15, etc.

Request a Membership Year Pin


Years of Service Pin

Recognized a registered adult member for the numbers of active service as a volunteer. The council will purchase pins for 20 years and above. The pin comes in 5-year increments: 20, 25, 30, etc.

Requests a Years of Service Pin




All award nominations must meet the following criteria:

  1. Nominee is a currently registered member of Girl Scouts
  2. The nominee is in good standing with the organization at the time of the service and the nomination. (Good standing means they have no outstanding cases or concerns related to their service and they have a current criminal background check if their role requires it.)

Need help? The Volunteer Awards Information Packet has everything you need to know!