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Volunteer Awards

Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska cherishes our adult members and recognizes the valuable contribution they make in developing girl leaders. Girl Scout Volunteer Awards recognize those who provide exemplary service and go above and beyond the expectations of their position to make a difference for the organization and for girls.

Learn more about ways you can appreciate the Girl Scout volunteers in your life with our Volunteer Appreciation Guide.

2021-2022 Volunteer Awards

Do you know an adult volunteer who deserves recognition? We're now taking nominations for the 2021-2022 season.

Showing love and appreciation for our volunteers is a long-standing Girl Scout tradition. After all, our volunteers are Ah-mazing! Our volunteers are all about the girls. We love them for it and, well, Girl Scouting wouldn’t be the same without them.

Our volunteers are changing the lives of girls in their communities every day. Some volunteers go above and beyond all expectations and have a definite impact on not only their troop, but their service unit and sometimes even the whole council.

Do you know an outstanding volunteer? It's simple!

Nominate extraordinary Girl Scout volunteers by (EXTENDED DEADLINE!) January 15, 2022. Award recipients will be honored in summer 2022. Use the last page of the Volunteer Appreciation Guide to help you decide which award you should nominate a volunteer for.

If you’re reaching a volunteer milestone in 2021, complete the Years of Volunteer Service Pin Application so you can be celebrated in spring 2022.

GSUSA and Spirit of Nebraska Volunteer Award Descriptions

Years of Volunteer Service Pin
Years of Volunteer Service Pins are given to adult volunteers for their years (in 5-year increments) of service to Girl Scouts.

Friends of Camp Award
The Friends of Camp Award recognizes organizations or individuals who provide outstanding assistance and support to Girl Scout camp properties.

Spirit of Girl Scouting, Community Benefactor Award
The Community Benefactor Award recognizes organizations or individuals who are not Girl Scout members and provide outstanding assistance and support to Girl Scout programming.

Helpful Adult Award
The Helpful Adult Award recognizes volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in a troop pathway. This could include volunteers serving in any role other than troop co-leader.

Volunteer of Excellence Award
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 use of the national program portfolio or who contributed outstanding service in support of the council’s mission delivery to girl and adult members.

President’s Award
The President’s Award recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit whose exemplary service in support of delivering the Girl Scout Leadership Experience surpassed team goals and resulted in significant, measurable impact toward reaching the council’s overall goals.

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

Three nominations (two as endorsements) required.

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

Three nominations (two as endorsements) required.

Thanks Badge
The Thanks Badge honors an individual 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 the entire Girl Scout Movement.

Four nominations (three as endorsements) required.

Thanks Badge II
The Thanks Badge II honors 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 total council or entire Girl Scout Movement.

Four nominations (three as endorsements) required.

Carolyn Sloan Spirit of Nebraska Award
The Carolyn Sloan Spirit of Nebraska Award was established in 1980 by the Board of Directors of the then Guiding Star Council to honor the memory of Carolyn, who had been a revered staff member until her untimely death in 1979. Carolyn was totally committed to the council, its volunteers and girls. In 2010, we expanded the scope of the award to include the entire state and honored our first recipient with the renamed “Carolyn Sloan Spirit of Nebraska Award.” This award honors Carolyn’s spirit of love and devotion to all girls.

Three nominations (two as endorsements) required.

2021 Best of Girl Scouting Awards

Thank you for voting your Best of Girl Scouting 2021! Winners will be announced soon and will be awarded their Best of Girl Scouting certificate during October/November 2021 Volunteer and Service Unit Meetings.

Congratulations to our 2021 Best of Girl Scouting winners!

Best of Girl Scouting Award Descriptions

Service Unit Star Award
Service Unit Member of the Year
This volunteer is a member of a Service Unit Team. They use their dedication and enthusiasm to grow their Service Unit, bring Girl Scouting to members of their community, and help build girls of courage, confidence and character.

Rising Star Award
Rookie of the Year (Under One Year of Service)
This volunteer has been on the scene for under a year and is making an impact on girls by showing them how to make the world a better place. Even though they haven’t been at it long, they hit the ground running and they dare to explore all that Girl Scouting has to offer.

#TrendingTroop Award
Troop of the Year
This trending troop has had a well-rounded Girl Scout year. They seek challenges, build healthy relationships, and solve community problems. They know how to Lead like a G.I.R.L.!

Heart of Gold Award
Veteran of the Year (10+ Years of Service)
This volunteer has shared their Girl Scout know-how for more than 10 years. They are a wise and trusted volunteer who continues to inspire girls and adults.

Go-Getter Award
Co-Leader of the Year
This co-leader is unstoppable! They pride themselves on building girls of courage, confidence, and character.

Cookie Champ Award
This volunteer spends countless hours sorting and stacking cookies and always has Thin Mints on the brain. They are a cookie cheerleader, they know the 5 essentials skills, and they share it with their girls.

Family Leading the Way Award
This is a true family of Girl Scouts. Family members are actively involved and believe in the Girl Scout Mission and practice the Girl Scout Law in their everyday lives. When you think “Girl Scouts” you think of this family.

Evergreen Award
This volunteer enjoys sharing their knowledge for the outdoors with our Girl Scouts. They always seem to be camping, hiking, or exploring! They encourage girls to love the outdoors just like they do.

Parent Hero Award
This parent or guardian helps with activities and provides an extra set of hands at meetings. This person is always there to help in any way possible. You couldn’t do it without their help.

Heritage Award
This volunteer loves to preserve our Girl Scout history and traditions. Through sharing stories of their own Girl Scout experiences, they remind us of our Girl Scout history and traditions. They want the best for Girl Scouting.

Hand in Heart Award
This volunteer wants their girls to put their community first by volunteering their time, talents, and services to other organizations. They love to share their passion for community service and strive to make the world a better place.

VIP Award (Virtual Innovation Pro)
This volunteer encourages girls and their families to engage in Girl Scouting online through virtual programs, activities, and troop meetings. They continue to further our mission as they lead and promote virtual opportunities.

2021 Best of Girl Scouting Winners

Service Unit Star Award
Service Unit Member of the Year

  • Sabrina Nelson, Service Unit 035
  • Janette Matzke, Service Unit 513
  • Michele Chambers, Service Unit 218
  • Jen Miller, Service Unit 434

Rising Star Award
Rookie of the Year, Under One Year of Service

  • Harlea Stephens, Troop 08692
  • Joyce Scigo, Service Unit 511
  • Rose Munderloh, Troop 28939
  • Cynthia Gooch-Grayson, Troop 48563

#TrendingTroop Award
Troop of the Year

  • Troop 00887
  • Troop 20705
  • Troop 41906

Heart of Gold Award
Veteran of the Year, 10+ Years of Service

  • Julie Fuqua, Troop 00670
  • Colleen Collins, Troop 50527
  • Angie Duba, Service Unit 204
  • Susie D'Agosto, Troops 44642, 48816, 48844, and 42734

Go-Getter Award
Co-Leader of the Year

  • Elise Kostbahn, Troop 08389
  • Ashley Lukert, Troop 28526
  • Laura Pleas, Troop 48835

Cookie Champ Award

  • Kathy Maxson, Service Unit 075
  • Janette Ronk, Service Unit 502
  • Cauitta Wetzel, Troop 20564
  • Teha Ferguson, Troop 48774

Family Leading the Way Award

  • Kristi Kleinsasser and Family
  • Karri Ahlschwede and Family
  • Jana Ammon and Family

Evergreen Award

  • Karen Decker, Troops 00610 and 08937
  • Julie Van Meter, Troop 20001
  • Cherise Foley, Troop 48835

Parent Hero Award

  • Kersten Kucera, Troop 00199
  • James E. Hawthrone, III, Troop 48563

Heritage Award

  • Gloria Smith, Troops 00027 and 00050
  • Nicole Griepenstroh, Troop 20788
  • Gina Wiitanen, Troop 48902

Hand in Heart Award

  • Deb Gibbs, Service Unit 075
  • Jill Curtis, Troop 48835

VIP (Virtual Innovation Pro) Award

  • Michelle Schneider, Troop 08011
  • Jen Burgard-Quaranta, Troop 20606
  • Michelle Hupp, Troop 41906