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Ways to Recognize Volunteers

Great Ideas for Celebrating Volunteers

National Volunteer Week takes place during the third week in April every year and is an opportunity to thank all the wonderful people who sacrifice their time and resources to help guide our girls!

Celebrate your troop leader for Volunteer Appreciation week:

More ways to celebrate Girl Scout Volunteers all year long:

  1. Send a handmade card or create a scroll with a thank you proclamation signed by your group. 
  2. Give a bouquet of daisies.
  3. Cover your community with signs that say “Thank You, Girl Scout Leaders!”
  4. Trefoil your leader’s lawn (see instructions above).
  5. Write a letter thanking your leaders by name for their commitment to girls in their community.
  6. Display a thank you flyer on their lawn, mailbox, or front door and tie balloons to it.
  7. Create homemade gifts from the girls and their families to give to your leaders.
  8. Record a short video of girls thanking their leaders and send it to them.
  9. Present your volunteer with a heart-shaped pin or something special from the GSSEF shop.
  10. Organize a special outing for leaders to relax (i.e. movies, theatre, sporting event, spa, etc.).
  11. Gift a mug full of chocolate hugs and kisses as an appreciation gift.
  12. Recognize your volunteers with appreciation certificates; nominate them for an Adult Recognition Award, or create your own!
  13. Make a cute, food themed thank you: thank them for their “thyme”, tell them they’re a “Life Saver” or that you appreciate their “Commit-mint.”
  14. Give a festively wrapped Girl Scout Cookie box stuffed with thank you notes from girls, families, and cookie customers
Submit Your Volunteer Story
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For 2021 we are asking our membership to submit their favorite volunteer story so we can recognize all of the outstanding women and men who make our mission move! You can focus on a specific moment that makes them special, or just tell us why your volunteer means so much to you. Dont forget to include some photos of them in action!

At the end of April we will go through the entries and create a special blog post featuring all of the awesome volunteers that can be shared across our movement.


We all know them… Leaders who go above and beyond  ♦  Parents who rock as the troop product sale manager  ♦  Volunteers who plan amazing programs and workshops  ♦  A community partner that is always there for you and your girls   

Our Girl Scout volunteers have an enormous impact on the girls they mentor, motivate, and inspire. They are the everyday heroes and guides who introduce girls to life-changing experiences and help them discover their passions. Girl Scout volunteers make a meaningful difference in the world, and recognizing their outstanding impact is so important. A card from the girls, an email message from a parent, even a handmade gift are all wonderful ways to say “thank you” to the volunteers who make the Girl Scout experience so powerful.

Another great way to recognize that special Girl Scout Volunteer in your life who goes “above and beyond” is to nominate them for an Adult Recognition Award. These GSUSA and Girl Scouts of Southeast Florida Awards are intended for those volunteers who provide exemplary service.