Volunteer Appreciation

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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.

April 22 is Girl Scout Leader's Day and honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls and youth. Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers. Check out our GSNorCal video tutorial with some crafty ideas here!

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!

Adult Award Placement

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 GSUSA Fillable Thank You Template
GSUSA Volunteer Appreciation Month Template

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.

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