The Importance of Showing Appreciation
Everyday little things go a long way. From a card from a Girl Scout youth, to handmade gifts or photo keepsakes—these are special ways to say thank you and oftentimes mean the most. We want our volunteers to feel recognized and valued. Showing volunteers you care can boost confidence, camaraderie, and can deepen connections between Girl Scouts, volunteers, and families.
When and How to Recognize
Informal recognitions are often made on Girl Scout holidays including National Volunteer Month and Girl Scout Leader's Day (April 22), at service unit meetings, at troop meetings, or anytime you feel someone deserves to be seen!
Formal recognitions can be made at a special recognition event, or immediately following services rendered.
National Volunteer Month and Girl Scout Leader's Day
When your Girl Scout spirit shines, others' do too. That's why April is National Volunteer Month, when we celebrate the powerful and inspiring contributions volunteers make all year long.
Formal Awards and Recognitions
Nominate a special volunteer for an adult recognition. Awards can be given at all levels, including:
Check out the award resources below. Plus you can review the national/council award criteria to determine the best fit for your special person, and then submit your nomination. It’s easy—just follow the instructions!
|National & Council Awards Packet|
|Service Unit Awards Packet||Tips for Writing a Nomination|
Card Templates, eCards, and More
There are plenty of great ways to recognize your favorite Girl Scout volunteers all year round! Whether it’s simply saying thank you or giving out tokens of appreciation, your efforts are important in making your troop helpers feel appreciated.
Browse our Pinterest board for creative thank-you ideas, print out one of our thank-you card templates below, or check out our Volunteer Appreciation Scrapbook for something the whole troop can collaborate on. You can also use our eCard generator to send your favorite troop volunteers a fist bump, high five, or hug!
Thank-You Cards for Troop Volunteers
From Troop Product Program Managers to Troop Treasurers and more, your troop helpers provide your girls with essential support. You can roll with one of our Troop Volunteer Appreciation Ideas or any of the below thank-you card templates.
|Classic Thank You Card||Sweeter Than Cookies Card|
|You Mean Snow Much Card||Word Cloud Heart Card|
|Thank You Letter from Younger Girl||Thank You Letter from Older Girl|
|Fillable Thank You Card|
Thank-You Cards for Troop Leaders
Parents, girls, and troop volunteers can find fun ways to say thank you in our Troop Leader Appreciation Ideas resource or on our Pinterest board, and any of the below thank-you card templates are great to give to leaders too.