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Whatever your volunteer position, your hard work means the world to girls, to your council staff, and to Girl Scouts of the USA. So thank you, from the bottom of our hearts!

Without our passionate and dedicated volunteers, there would be no Girl Scouting. That’s why, at Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada, we celebrate our volunteers during National Volunteer Month AND with 2 awards programs: Service Unit-Level Adult Recognitions and Council-Level Adult Recognitions.

National Volunteer Month 2021

Every April, we celebrate the powerful, life-changing contributions our volunteers make to Girl Scouts all year long. No matter what the world throws at us, you are the ones who keep the Girl Scout spirit strong—and whatever you bring to Girl Scouts at this time, your efforts are incredible and appreciated. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

This year, we planned four weeks of activities to complete on your own time as well as organized 3 special events to celebrate YOU!

To qualify for activity prizes, entries must be submitted via email by April 30, 2021 at: 

customerservice@girlscoutsnv.org
ATTN: Volunteer Appreciation

April 4-10: Thank a Volunteer Week!

Let’s celebrate all Girl Scout volunteers with a giant Thank You! Send a shout out to your favorite volunteer by sending a card, video, email, or a bouquet! Let them know how much you appreciate them. Share your "thank you" on your Service Unit Facebook page and tag us @girlscoutsnv.

April 11-17: Drink You Girl Scout Cookies Challenge!

Time to use your leftover Girl Scout Cookies! Create a delicious drink using Girl Scout Cookies! Share your drink recipe and a photo with us via email and get entered into a drawing for one of 4 $25 Girl Scout Shop gift cards! Bonus entry for bringing your drink to the Virtual Girl Scout Happy Hour on April 14th! We’ll share winning drink recipes on our Volunteer Appreciation page!

Drawing Prize (4 winners): 
$25 gift card to the GSSNV Shop

April 18-24: Girl Scout Bingo!

Download and send us your completed card to customerservice@girlscoutsnv.org. Your goal: Mark five squares across, down or diagonally. Bonus entry for letting us know that you completed the girl bingo card with your troop/girl.

April 25-30: Share Your Love of Girl Scouting Challenge!

Share your love of Girl Scouts by helping a friend start a sister troop! It’s simple: Find a friend who wants to start their own troop and offer to be their sister troop during the months of April and May. Once the new troop has begun meeting both troops will receive a $25 gift card to the GSSNV Shop!

Prize:
$25 gift card to the GSSNV Shop for your troop and your sister troop! 

Special Events

Stay tuned for registration details.

April 14:  Virtual Volunteer Happy Hour
Hosted by Jennifer Newman-Cornell and Terri Robinson from the Volunteer Engagement Committee. Show off your favorite cookie inspired beverage! Join us for games, a scavenger hunt, prizes and a chance to visit with fellow volunteers!  All GSSNV volunteers are invited!

April 22:  Volunteer Appreciation In-Person Tailgate Party (Option 1)
We’re celebrating our favorite team, our GSSNV Volunteer Team!  Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada Volunteers are invited to a tailgate party hosted by the Volunteer Engagement Committee.  Wear your favorite Girl Scouts or sports team gear and get into the spirit while enjoying games, prizes and food.  Get together with old friends and meet someone new!

  • Registration for this event is limited. 
  • Everyone who attends will receive a $5 coupon for the GSSNV Shop. 
  • Due to COVID-19 occupancy restrictions, this event is adults only (no tagalongs), will take place in the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada backyard, and will be offered twice.
  • Please register for one tailgate party only. 

April 25: Volunteer Appreciation In-Person Tailgate Party (Option 2)
Same as above

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Service Unit-Level Awards

(Presented by the Service Units.  Check with your Service Unit Manager for award recognitions.)

Each Service Unit is encouraged to hold a Volunteer Recognition event annually to celebrate the successes of the Service Unit and to recognize the hard work of our volunteers through Service Unit-Level Adult Recognitions.

Please read the Service Unit-Level Adult Recognitions Guide before submitting a nomination. In order for GSSNV to provide awards to Service Units, all nominations must be submitted no later than March 17, 2021. Late submissions will not be accepted.

All nominations are submitted through the 2021 Service Unit Award Nominations form. Paper forms will not be accepted.

Thank You, Leader
ThankYouLeader

This award recognizes an adult volunteer with 10 or more consecutive years with the same troop or age level who will not be continuing as a leader.

Requirements: Leader must be a current, approved, background-checked volunteer with 10 consecutive years of membership.

Outstanding Leader
OutstandingLeader

The Outstanding Leader Award recognizes an active leader whose service to their troop has gone above and beyond requirements to provide an exceptional experience for their troop while living the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.

Requirements: Leader must be a current, approved, background-checked volunteer in a Troop Leader role who has gone above and beyond for their troop.

Outstanding Volunteer
OutstandingVolunteer

The Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes an active volunteer, not in a Troop Leader role, who has gone above and beyond to serve girls in their Service Unit while living the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.

Requirements: Volunteer must be a current, approved, background-checked volunteer who is not a Troop Leader and has gone above and beyond their volunteer responsibilities to benefit the Service Unit.

Rookie of the Year
RookieYear

The Rookie of the Year Award recognizes a first-year troop leader who has demonstrated exceptional performance and exceeded expectations while living the Girl Scout Mission, Promise, and Law.

Requirements: Leader must be a troop leader or co-leader in their first year with GSSNV and a current, approved, background-checked volunteer who has gone above and beyond for their troop.

Years of Membership
YearsOfMembership

This pin recognizes total years of membership as both an adult and a girl. Years of membership do not need to be consecutive and the pin is awarded in year increments of 5.

Requirements: Have at least 5 years of membership as a girl and/or adult member.

Years of Service
YearsOfService

This pin recognizes years of service as an adult volunteer. Years of service do not need to be consecutive and the pin is awarded in year increments of 5.

Requirements: Have at least 5 years as a Girl Scout Volunteer.

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Council-Level Awards

Council-Level Adult Recognitions are awarded each year during the annual LEAD Awards Luncheon recognizing those volunteers who have made an impact on Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada as a whole. Look for the GSSNV Adult Recognition Handbook in the spring for more information.

CEO Selected Awards
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President's Award
The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a service-delivery team or committee whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in a significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals

Requirements:
Must be an active service team or committee with all members background checked volunteers whose team has seen exceptional growth and advancement in the last year.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required. Endorsements can come from members of the Service Team.


GoldenVolunteer

Golden Volunteer
Established in 2018, the Golden Volunteer Award is a volunteer who provided leadership to the Highest Awards program as a troop leader, committee member, project advisor, or council trainer, showed outstanding guidance to girls seeking the Highest Awards, promoted and encouraged Highest Awards projects in their community, and/or encouraged sustainable projects with a global focus in accordance with GSUSA and GSSNV guidelines.

Requirements:
The candidate must be a current, background-checked volunteer in good standing.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required.


CommPartner

Outstanding Community Partner
The Outstanding Community Partner Award recognizes exemplary service to Girl Scouts by a community partner or organization. This award highlights those who give outstanding support to Girl Scouts through programming, volunteer opportunities, delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience and/or other means in their community.

Requirements:
The Outstanding Community Partner must be an established organization or vendor in the GSSNV community with a relationship that provides a service to Girl Scouts.

Nomination process:
One nomination and one letter of endorsement is required.

Appreciation Pin
Appreciation Pin

The Appreciation Pin recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience. This service, which has had a measurable impact on at least one geographic area of service, helps reach and surpass the mission-delivery goals of the area.

Requirements:
The candidate must be a current, background-checked volunteer who has exceeded the expectations for the positions held and impacted at least one geographic area of service.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required.

Man of the Year Pin
ManYear

The Man of the Year Award recognizes a male volunteer who exceeded expectations in the delivery of the Girl Scout Leadership Experience by delivering above and beyond expectations in any of the following areas: Recruitment, Member Relations, Program, Leadership and Governance, Fund Development, Marketing, Training, and/or Support Services and by demonstrating consistent inclusivity.

Requirements:
The candidate must identify as male and be a current, background-checked volunteer who has exceeded his positions' expectations.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required.

Volunteer of Excellence
VolunteerOfExcellence

The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any pathway to implement the Girl Scout Leadership Experience through the use of the national program portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. They must work to further the mission of Girl Scouts while demonstrating inclusivity.

Requirements:
The candidate must be a current, background-checked volunteer who has exceeded the expectations in their volunteer role.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required.

Honor Pin
HonorPin

The Honor Pin recognizes a registered adult Girl Scout’s exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience which has had a measurable impact on two or more geographic areas of service, allowing the council to reach and surpass its mission-delivery goals.

Requirements:
The candidate must be a current, background-checked volunteer who has exceeded the expectations for the positions held and impacted two or more service units within Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada.

Nomination process:
One nomination and two letters of endorsement are required.

Thanks Badge I
Thanks-badge

The Thanks Badge is one of the highest honors in Girl Scouts. It honors a registered adult Girl Scout 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 entire Girl Scout Movement.

Requirements:
Must be an active, background-checked volunteer whose work in Girl Scouts has an impact on the entire council or Girl Scout Movement.

Nomination process:
A nomination form and four letters of endorsement are required.

Thanks Badge II
Thanks badge ii

The Thanks Badge II recognizes a previous Thanks Badge award recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Requirements:
Must be an active, background-checked volunteer whose work in Girl Scouts has an impact on the entire council or Girl Scout Movement and who has previously received the Thanks Badge.

Nomination process:
A nomination form and four letters of endorsement are required.

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