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Volunteer Recognition

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey—and everyday heroes to thousands of girls in our council. You open her eyes to a world of possibilities. You help her transform into a force for good. You prepare her for a lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure. Because of you, every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ has the chance to learn what she’s capable of accomplishing and to be inspired to reach for it. Being a Girl Scout volunteer is one of the most powerful, rewarding commitments you’ll ever make.

GSHNJ recognizes the superlative service of our adult volunteers and community partners through the following Adult Achievement Awards:

Appreciation Pin
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GSUSA Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin was instituted in 1976 by GSUSA. It honors an individual’s outstanding service to a service unit, which furthers the goals and objectives of the service unit and GSHNJ by contributing to membership retention and growth, community development, volunteer relations, fund development, or increased visibility within the community.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not already earned the Appreciation Pin.

Focus of Service

Benefits one service unit.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, with measurable impact.

Length of Service

Service will usually have extended over a period of at least three years.


Nominated by:
anyone | Endorsements Required: two

Example of Possible Candidate: A troop leader who also served on the service unit team. Three years ago, she started and chaired a committee that organized service unit-wide events for special Girl Scout days and year-end bridging. She has continued to coordinate the celebrations, but has recruited other volunteers to chair individual activities, which has led to bigger and better events and more community exposure. These events have helped in girl recruitment, leading to a 10% increase in girl membership in the service unit over the past three years.

Community Partnership Award

GSHNJ Community Partnership Award

Unique to GSHNJ and determined by the executive staff, the Community Partnership Award honors an individual, group, business, or organization outside of the Girl Scout movement whose partnership has resulted in significant benefits to GSHNJ.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an individual, group, business, or organization not affiliated with Girl Scouts who has not already earned the Community Partnership Award.

Focus of Service

Benefits a troop, service unit, or entire council.

Impact of Service

Service or partnership has created a pronounced impact and significantly contributed to the success of Girl Scouting within GSHNJ.

Length of Service

Community Partnership Award does not carry a suggested length of service.

Nominated by: GSHNJ Executive Staff | Endorsements Required: n/a

Dedicated Leader Award
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GSHNJ Dedicated Leader Award

Unique to GSHNJ, the Dedicated Leader Award honors troop leaders or group coordinators who exhibit continued outstanding performance in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to girls. They demonstrate outstanding performance by working with community subject matter experts, engaging the three Girl Scout processes, encourage girls to practice inclusive behavior, and recruit new members.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not already earned the Dedicated Leader Award.

Focus of Service

Benefits a troop or other small group of Girl Scouts.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of a leader, with measurable impact on their troop.

Length of Service

Candidate has completed their fifth year as a troop/group leader.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: two from an adult; at least one from girl member(s) of the troop/group

Example of Possible Candidate: A leader of a mixed-level troop who works hard to involve her girls’ parents. She maintains continuity, but encourages each helping adult to take full responsibility for her or his turn or project. The girls plan their ceremonies and a portion of every meeting, fundraise throughout the year to pay for an annual excursion the girls choose, and have been successful in integrating new members into the troop each year.

Dedicated Trainer Award
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GSHNJ Dedicated Trainer Award


Unique to GSHNJ, the Dedicated Trainer Award honors individuals who exhibit continued exemplary performance facilitating volunteer trainings on behalf of GSHNJ.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not already earned the Dedicated Trainer Award, has achieved the rank of “Master Trainer,” and is not paid to deliver volunteer trainings.

Focus of Service

Benefits adult members across the council.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of a master trainer, who has demonstrated competence in communication, training development, pluralism, and delivery.

Length of Service

Candidate has trained for a minimum of six continuous years, or four years since achieving the rank of “Master Trainer.”

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: one; plus validation from GSHNJ’s Girl Experience Department

Example of Possible Candidate: a retired Service Unit Manager who volunteers to deliver Outdoors & Overnights training on behalf of GSHNJ. After each training for the past six years, she hands out a self-made business card to every participant, encouraging them to contact her personally for questions and additional help after they’ve completed her training session. She’s been known to accept invitations to troop encampments to provide additional support when new leaders are taking their girls camping for the first time, and reminding leaders of the best campfire songs right over the phone.

Emerald Award
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GSHNJ Emerald Award

Instituted in 2017 and unique to GSHNJ, the Emerald Award recognizes volunteers whose leadership, initiative, and energy have strengthened the Girl Scout movement, made significant contribution to the Girl Scout mission, and who exemplify the true spirit of Girl Scouts.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not already earned the Emerald Award.

Focus of Service

Benefits GSHNJ and the broader Girl Scout movement.

Impact of Service

Service has created a pronounced, measurable impact; significantly contributed to the success of Girl Scouting within GSHNJ; demonstrated continuous and outstanding service above and beyond the expectations of position(s) held; demonstrated respect for and dedication to the principals of Girl Scouting.

Length of Service

Emerald Award does not carry a suggested length of service.

Nominated by: GSHNJ Executive Staff | Endorsements Required: n/a

Honor Pin
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GSUSA Honor Pin

The Honor Pin was instituted in 1987 by GSUSA. It recognizes an individual’s outstanding service to two or more service units, and which furthers the goals and objectives of GSHNJ by contributing to membership retention and growth, community development, experiences for girls in one or more program pillar, fund development, or increased visibility within the community.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not already earned the Honor Pin.

Focus of Service

Benefits two or more service units.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, with measurable impact.

Length of Service

Service will usually have extended over a period of at least four years.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: two from within the home service unit; one from without

Example of Possible Candidate: A troop leader who also served on the service unit team as an outdoor activities advisor. Four years ago, she organized a service unit-wide camporee and invited the two adjacent service units to join them at Camp Hoover. It was such a success that she has continued to manage an annual camporee for the three service units, but has recruited other volunteers to develop activities for older girl troops to deliver to younger girls during the camporee. These events have led to more girls participating in the camporees year over year, and contributed to the service unit’s 75% retention rate.

Membership Tenure
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GSUSA Membership Tenure Pin

Membership tenure recognizes an individual for combined years of membership both as a girl and adult in any Girl Scout or Girl Guide organization. 5-15 years of membership are recognized at the service unit level; 20+ years of membership are recognized at GSHNJ’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of Girl Scouts.

Focus of Service

n/a

Impact of Service

n/a

Length of Service

Membership tenure numeral guards are available in five-year increments.

20+ Years of Membership form | 5-10 year pins may be purchased online or by contacting a GSHNJ Retail Shop. 

Plaque of Appreciation

GSHNJ Plaque of Appreciation

The Plaque of Appreciation recognizes a high degree of service and support to a troop, group, or service unit by an individual, group, business, or organization outside of the Girl Scout movement.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an individual, group, business, or organization not affiliated with Girl Scouts who has not already earned the Plaque of Appreciation.

Focus of Service

Benefits a troop, group, or service unit.

Impact of Service

Service or partnership has created a pronounced impact and significantly contributed to the success of Girl Scouting within GSHNJ.

Length of Service

Support period has extended over a period of five years or more.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: two

Example of Possible Candidate: a community center whose facilities have been donated for the past seven years to host multiple troops’ regular meetings, two service unit-wide events each year, and service unit’s annual cookie delivery depot.

Position Pins

GSUSA Adult Position Pins

Adult Position pins indicate positions presently held by adult members. They are worn between the World Trefoil pin and Membership pin. These pins may be purchased in any Girl Scout retail shop or online, although they are generally gifted to volunteers who hold council-wide positions.

  • 14500 adult lime green hr2
    learning facilitator
  • 14080 adult position hr
    program volunteers, event and camp pathway volunteer
  • 14081 adult position maroon hr
    national volunteer partner and National Board Committee member
  • 14082 Adult position orange hr
    series and travel pathway volunteer
  • 14083 Adult position yellow hr
    troop pathway volunteer
  • 14084 Adult position pin hr
    National Board of Directors
  • 14085 Adult position deep blue hr
    National Board of Officers
  • 14086 adult position hr
    service unit team volunteer, USAGSO committee chair, Overseas committee member, council volunteer
  • 14087 Adult position Biege hr 2
    staff
  • 14088 Adult position hr
    council president
  • 14089 adult position light grey hr
    council Board member, Board Committee member

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of Girl Scouts presently holding any specific position.

Focus of Service

Varies by position; see above.

Impact of Service

n/a

Length of Service

Presently holding the position.

Nominated by: n/a | Endorsements Required: n/a

President's Award
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GSUSA President’s Award


The criteria for the President’s Award are established by GSUSA. It recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit Team whose exemplary service surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching GSHNJ’s overall goals in program delivery, membership retention and growth, fund development, or increased visibility within the community.

Criteria

General

All members of the service unit team are active, registered members of GSHNJ; reflect the diversity of its community; and have met all requirements and expectations of the positions within the team.

Focus of Service

Benefits a service unit.

Impact of Service

All members of the service unit team exhibited exemplary service above and beyond the expectations of their positions, resulting in significant, measurable impact on reaching council goals.

Length of Service

President’s Award does not carry any suggested length of service.

 

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: quality and specificity of endorsements is valued over quantity.

Example of Possible Candidate: a service unit that has been losing girl membership for the past several years restructured its service unit team to create new volunteer positions, then actively recruited new adults to fill those positions. As a result, their troops hosted more cookie booths and increased their PGA by 1%; six new troops were created and filled; and they hosted two service unit-wide events during the year. Retention rates for the service unit rose by 20% and all of the new service team volunteers have reregistered their positions for the next year.

Rookie of the Year Award
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GSHNJ Rookie of the Year

Unique to GSHNJ, the Rookie of the Year award recognizes a troop or group leader or Service Unit Team member for outstanding performance contributing to GSHNJ’s goals during their first year of service. A Rookie of the Year’s volunteerism will have measurable impact on girl or adult membership rates, experiences for girls in one or more program pillar, or success in holding additional volunteer roles within the service unit.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing.

Focus of Service

Benefits one troop, group, or service unit.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, with measurable impact.

Length of Service

Candidate has completed one year of service.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: two; at least one must come from an adult

Example of Possible Candidate: A new troop leader who also served as the service unit’s cookie manager. A new troop leader whose mixed-level troop accepted every girl on the service unit’s waitlist, earned two badges per age level, and attended the annual service unit-wide camporee.

Thanks Badge
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GSUSA Thanks Badge


The Thanks Badge was instituted in 1912 by GSUSA. It recognizes outstanding service that benefits all of GSHNJ or the entire Girl Scout movement and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has not previously earned the Thanks Badge.

Focus of Service

Benefits all of GSHNJ or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Impact of Service

Ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have an exceptional, measurable impact on the entire council or movement.

Length of Service

Service will usually have extended over a period of five years or more in one or more volunteer position.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: four

Example of Possible Candidate: A volunteer who spearheaded a major council-wide service project event over the course of five years, which has become an annual event anticipated not only by Girl Scouts but by the community at large. It generated positive media coverage each year as well as support from many local businesses. Donations included in-kind supplies and equipment as well as monetary contributions.

Thanks Badge II
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GSUSA Thanks Badge II


The Thanks Badge II was instituted in 1987 by GSUSA. It recognizes continued outstanding service given by a Thanks Badge recipient.  The quality of service performed is the same as that for the Thanks Badge: “It is truly outstanding, 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.” Additionally, this award might acknowledge outstanding performance that surpasses the earlier achievement. 

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who has previously earned the Thanks Badge, but not the Thanks Badge II.

Focus of Service

Benefits all of GSHNJ or the entire Girl Scout movement.

Impact of Service

Ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have an exceptional, measurable impact on the entire council or movement.

Length of Service

Service will usually have extended over a period of ten years or more in one or more volunteer position.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: four

Example of Possible Candidate: Building on years of service since receiving the Thanks Badge, an individual who is a volunteer Master Trainer, sits on a Gold Award Committee, and has expanded her volunteerism to include chairing the annual Young Women of Vision fundraiser. Under her guidance, Young Women of Vision has seen increased attendance year over year, resulting in increased fund development and corporate partnership opportunities creating greater fiscal stability for GSHNJ.

Volunteer of Excellence
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GSUSA Volunteer of Excellence

GSUSA’s Volunteer of Excellence award replaced the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2013. It is awarded to an adult in a position other than leader, or in addition to leader, whose outstanding service benefits a troop or service unit. The service is beyond the expectations of the position(s) held and contributes to GSHNJ’s overall goals in delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience directly to girls in one or more program pillar, promoting membership retention and growth, community cultivation, volunteer relations, leadership and governance, or fund development initiatives.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of GSHNJ in good standing who holds a position other than troop leader and has not previously earned the Volunteer of Excellence or Outstanding Volunteer awards.

Focus of Service

Benefits a troop, group, or service unit in a capacity other than troop leader.

Impact of Service

Significant service above and beyond the expectations of the position(s) held, with measurable impact.

Length of Service

Service will usually have extended over a period of two or more years.

Nominated by: anyone | Endorsements Required: two

Example of Possible Candidate: A service unit event coordinator who has managed a successful town-wide World Thinking Day celebration, roller skating recruitment event, and father/daughter dance three years in a row. A Service Unit Nut and Cookie Manager who has efficiently promoted, managed, and reported on at least two fall product programs and two Girl Scout Cookie Programs.

Volunteer Service Award
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GSUSA Volunteer Service Award

The Volunteer Service Award recognizes an individual for combined years of active adult volunteer service in any Girl Scout or Girl Guide organization in five-year intervals. 5-10 years of volunteerism are recognized at the service unit level; 15+ years of volunteerism are recognized at GSHNJ’s annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of Girl Scouts who serves as an adult volunteer in any position or role.

Focus of Service

Any Girl Scout or Girl Guide troop, group, service unit, or council.

Impact of Service

n/a

Length of Service

Volunteer Service Award pins are available in five-year increments.

Nominated by: service unit team | Endorsements Required: n/a

15+ Years of Service form | 5-10 year pins may be purchased online or by contacting a GSHNJ Retail Shop.

Volunteer Pins

GSUSA Volunteer Pins

Volunteer pins indicate the Girl Scout level presently served by adult members volunteering with a troop. They are worn on the right side of the adult uniform. These pins may be purchased in any Girl Scout retail shop or online.

  • 09051 Daisy Volunteer pin hr
    Daisy
  • 09052 brownie volunteer hr
    Brownie
  • 09053 junior volunteer pin hr
    Junior
  • 09054 cadette volun pin hr
    Cadette
  • 09055 senior volun
    Senior
  • 09056 ambass volunteer hr
    Amb.

Criteria

General

Candidate is an active, registered adult member of Girl Scouts presently holding a volunteer position serving a troop.

Focus of Service

Benefits a troop.

Impact of Service

n/a

Length of Service

Presently holding the position.

Nominated by: n/a | Endorsements Required: n/a

               

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR

December 16, 2019: Last day to submit a nomination

February 21, 2020: Nominees, Sponsors, and Service Unit Managers notified of award determinations

April 1, 2020: Last day to register attendance for Volunteer Recognition Ceremony

April 22, 2020: Volunteer Recognition Ceremony | The Marigold | 315 Churchill Ave, Somerset, NJ | 6 PM-9 PM *POSTPONED