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Recognition and Awards

Showing appreciation for volunteers is a powerful Girl Scout tradition. After all, our volunteers are ah-mazing. 

Volunteers are key to our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place!

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month!

That's why in April (National Volunteer Month!) we celebrate the powerful and inspiring contributions volunteers make all year long. It’s a fact: without our volunteers, we couldn’t and wouldn’t be the largest girls’ leadership development organization in the world. But we are. So THANK YOU! 

That’s right: because of you we’re able to build girls of courage, confidence, and character and prepare them for the lifetime of leadership, success, and adventure that every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ deserves.  Although everything girls do in Girl Scouts is girl-led, mentors like you make all the difference in the quality of a girl’s experience and the amazing things she learns she is capable of accomplishing. Because when your G.I.R.L. spirit shines, hers does too. 

And on April 22, the party is especially big as we celebrate Girl Scout Leader’s Day. What can we say? We really love Girl Scout volunteers!

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Parents and Girl Scouts, celebrate with us on social media!

All month long, show your favorite Girl Scout volunteer how much they mean to you with a straight-from-the-heart, personalized ecard. Choose from four predesigned templates. Just fill in the blank to finish the sentence, and share your ecard with them on Facebook, on Twitter, or by email!

During National Volunteer Week (April 7–13) you can also head on over to FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, to show love for your favorite Girl Scout volunteer by sharing what makes them so special to you. Be sure to mention all the ways you support them throughout the year too. And remember to tag @nmgirlscouts and use #NVW2019 so we can follow the love! 

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Celebrating Your Dedication

Throughout April, Girl Scout lifetime membership will be available at a special 50% discount—from $400 down to $200—for volunteers who have served for ten years or more.

When you upgrade to lifetime membership through MYGS in April, you can expect:

  • Continuous membership in Girl Scouts
  • $25 of your dues to fund one year of Girl Scout membership for an underserved girl in your council
  • A lifetime membership card and pin
  • 10% off Girl Scout merchandise purchased from girlscoutshop.com
  • An invitation to join an annual call hosted by GSUSA’s CEO
  • A monthly enewsletter

Thank you for your years of service and all you’ve done to help create the next generation of female leaders. We couldn’t do it without you!

This special offer runs from April 1 to April 30, 2019, 8:00 PM CST. For more information, visit girlscouts.org/lifetime.

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Not a Girl Scout Volunteer?

It’s not too late to embark on this incredible adventure! If you’re looking for ways to have a powerful, lasting influence on girls in your community, we’d love to chat.

Volunteer Now!

Formal Awards

New Mexico Trails’ formal adult awards are intended to recognize exemplary service that is above and beyond what is expected for the individual’s volunteer role. Formal awards should be used to honor specific service rather than longevity. Formal awards are intended to be only one part of a comprehensive recognition plan which should also include informal recognition of volunteers. 

Read through the 2017-2018 Recognitions Guide to see how to best recognize volunters and community partners.

Nominate volunteers online: 

Following are the Volunteer Recognitions:

  • Appreciation Pin for outstanding service to at least one community.
  • Honor Pin for outstanding service to two or more communities. 
  • Thanks Badge for outstanding service that benefits the entire council or Girl Scout community.
  • Thanks Badge II for outstanding service council-wide or beyond having already received the Thanks Badge.
  • Volunteer of Excellence Award for outstanding service while working directly with girls.
  • Juliette Low Leadership Award for outstanding service working directly with girls over an extended period of time.
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Other Volunteer Awards

  • Trails of Leadership Award
  • Circle of Achievement
  • Circle of Excellence
  • Teola Artman Award
  • Star Trainer
  • Numeral Guard Pin - use this online form to request a Numeral Guard Pin 
  • President's Volunteer Services Award FAQs

Community Partner Awards

We couldn’t do it w/ out our community partners… 
To nominate a Community or Council Partner, fill out this online online form by January 31, 2018: 

  • Community/Council Service Award Nomination Form 2017-2018

  • Community Service Award.  The Community Service Award recognizes an individual or group, not registered with Girl Scouts, who has rendered service to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc. in at least one jurisdictional area. The candidate or candidate’s organization has provided outstanding support that furthers the Girl Scout program and lack of that support would have seriously constrained delivery of the Girl Scout program or made it unavailable. 

  • Council Service Award.  The Community Service Award recognizes an individual or group, not registered with Girl Scouts, who has rendered service to the Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Inc. in at least one jurisdictional area. The candidate or candidate’s organization has provided outstanding support that furthers the Girl Scout program and lack of that support would have seriously constrained delivery of the Girl Scout program or made it unavailable.