Volunteer Recognition

Why we recognize and thank volunteers.

Girl Scouts of the United States was started as a volunteer-run organization and to this day, we believe in maintaining those roots by making sure that our volunteers feel appreciated and supported. Here at the Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada, we believe in creating a culture of appreciation – this means that volunteers are thanked anytime, by anyone. When volunteers know their time and energy are appreciated and that they are valued by Girl Scouts, they commit themselves to the organization. Volunteers are thanked at the national level (formal, national awards), the Council level (annual volunteer recognition event) and at the local level (special events and informal awards).

The key to successfully recognizing volunteers is:

  • Do it well.
  • Do it often.
  • Make it meaningful.

For some great ideas, check out 100 Ways to Say Thank You.

If you are one of the committed volunteers who dedicates countless hours to help build girls of courage, confidence and character – Thank You!


GSUSA Recognitions

Annual Membership Recognition

Numeral Guard

​The Numeral Guard pin represents the number of years an adult member is a registered Girl Scout, including both girl and adult years. Each year, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada presents the Numeral Guard pins at the Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition to currently registered volunteers based on the years of membership reported in their volunteer record.

Volunteer Years of Service

The Volunteer Years of Service pin represents the number of years as an active adult Girl Scout volunteer. Each year, Girl Scouts of the Sierra Nevada presents Volunteer Years of Service pins to currently registered volunteers at the Annual Meeting & Volunteer Recognition. To receive​ this recognition, the request form must be completed by the volunteer and submitted to the GSSN Service Center by February 28.

Submit your Volunteer Years of Service Pin form.