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Adult Volunteer Awards

Recognize a volunteer or community member/organization who has made a significant impact in girls' lives with an award. Nominate a deserving volunteer today. Nominations are reviewed and, if selected, presented at our annual Adult Award Ceremony.

View the complete Girl Scout Volunteer Award Guide here.

Volunteer Awards

In order for an individual to be considered for a volunteer award three unique nominations from three different people must be submitted to council using the form below.





Troop Awards

The Honor Troop serves as a guide for troops to ensure a well-rounded year of Girl Scouting.  Use this as a tool to lead your troop successfully and ensure girls are exposed to diverse girl-led leadership opportunities. 

Honor Troop Application

Service Unit Awards

The President's Award serves as a guide for Service Units to ensure a well-rounded year of Girl Scouting.  It recognizes the efforts of a Service Unit moving its assigned area toward the achievement of our council goals.

Community Awards

Community Thank You Award recognizes any community member or organization that has provided a one-time or episodic service to Girl Scouts.

Community Partner Award recognizes any community member or organization that has provided superior contributions to Girl Scouting over an extended period of time.

Membership Numeral Guards & Volunteer Years of Service Pin

The MEMBERSHIP NUMERAL GUARD recognizes any Girl Scout member for his or her years of membership in 5 year intervals.  Years may include combined girl and adult membership years.  Years do not have to be continuous or consecutive. 

The VOLUNTEER YEARS OF SERVICE PIN recognizes volunteers in Girl Scouting for their active volunteerism in 5 year intervals.

These pins are offered freely to any deserving adult member or volunteer within our council compliments of Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest. 


The President's Volunteer Service Award

What is the President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA)?

In 2003, the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation founded the President’s Volunteer Service Award to recognize the important role of volunteers in America’s strength and national identity. This award honors individuals whose service positively impacts communities in every corner of the nation and inspires those around them to take action, too.

The PVSA has continued under each administration, honoring the volunteers who are using their time and talents to solve some of the toughest challenges facing our nation.  

Complete and Submit Your Service Hours

Volunteer Eligibility

  • United States citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States (i.e., green card holder)
  • Must be at least five years old
  • Completes eligible service within a 12-month period (for annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards) and over a lifetime (for Lifetime Achievement Awards)
Eligible Service:
  • Unpaid acts of volunteer service benefitting others
    • Service through National service programs that provide a stipend (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) may count towards the Lifetime Achievement Award, but not for the annual Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards)
    • Travel stipends, transit/parking passes, membership passes, expense reimbursements, and other nominal volunteer support do not impact service eligibility
Eligible Service does not include:
  • Donating funds
  • Political lobbying (Non-partisan voter registration is an eligible activity)
  • Religious instruction
  • Conducting worship service
  • Proselytizing
  • Volunteer service performed as part of court-ordered community service
  • Serving only family members
Hours Required to Earn Awards in Each Age Group
Age Group Bronze Silver Gold Lifetime Achievement Award
Kids (5–10 years old) 26–49 hours 50–74 hours 75+ hours 4,000+ hours
Teens (11–15) 50–74 hours 75–99 hours 100+ hours 4,000+ hours
Young Adults (16–25) 100–174 hours 175–249 hours 250+ hours 4,000+ hours
Adults (26+) 100–249 hours 250–499 hours 500+ hours 4,000+ hours

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Informal Ways to Thank Volunteers

Giving and receiving recognition is an important component of any volunteer experience. A card from the girls, a handmade gift, an e-mail message or a surprise party are informal ways to say “thank you” to adults in Girl Scouts.


“To be inspired is great, but to be an inspiration is an honor.” - Juliette Gordon Low

Past Award Recipients

Congratulations to all of our past GSDSW Adult Award Recipients. For a comprehensive list of all past GSDSW Adult Award Recipients, 1975-2020, click here.

Adult Volunteer Uniform

Not sure how to wear your awards? Click here to see an example of an adult Girl Scout uniform.

Questions? Contact us at or  915-566-9433.

2022 Volunteer Spotlights

Thank you to all of our volunteers who help create girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Each month we would like to shine the spotlight on our dedicated volunteers in our council! Know someone who goes above and beyond for our Girl Scouts? Submit a nomination at

January - Kelly Vanderberg


“I started my Girl Scout career in 1973 as a Brownie. And believe it or not, I still have my light brown dress, elastic belt w/pouch, orange cross tie, and wool beanie! Later when I had my own two girls, I thought I’d give a go at leading. It came naturally as an educator and coach. I started my first Daisy troop right here in Big Bend in 2001! 

After many moves with the National Park Service, I am honored to be back in Big Bend and serve as a volunteer leader for our Cadette troop.  I love getting to know the girls - they are fun, witty, kind, and adventurous! They are always open to new experiences and adventures. Folks in our community are so excited we have a troop and have been very generous with their support. Teaching my girls that they are part of a global movement is what drives me to be the best leader I can be!”

February - Miranda Ward


1.  Why do I volunteer with Girl Scouts??

I joined Girl Scouts when I was in the 3rd grade, and I remained in Girl Scouts through High School even going so far as to earn my Silver and Gold Awards.  One particular leader was there for me throughout all my years in Scouting.  She taught me fairness, respectfulness, love of country, love of self, love of the outdoors, the importance of community service, and so much more.  I am who I am today not only because of my life growing up as a Girl Scout, but because of this one woman. I volunteer for several reasons.  I love that I can share Girl Scouting with my daugher, but I also hope that I can be a positive influence to her as well as to other girls.  I want to try to show these girls they are amazing and they can do anything they set their minds to. I volunteer as a trainer so that I can hopefully give other leaders the skills they need to teach their girls to be an integral part of their community, to love the outdoors, and, in short, to show them they are only limited by their dreams.

  3.  What do I love the most about Girl Scouting?

I love the camaraderie that comes from being a Girl Scout, the sense that there are other girls and women in the world who have benefited from this amazing organization as much as I have.  I love that the Girl Scout Promise and Law have become an integral part of how I live my everday life. I am who I am today because of Girl Scouting because by growing up in this organization I have learned how to be a leader, a volunteer, to have confidence in myself and my abilties all the while cheering on others.  I can't imagine my life without having the influence that Girl Scouts has had on me and I simply wouldn't want it any other way.

 4. How does volunteering with Girl Scouting impact my life?

I find volunteering for Girl Scouts extremely fulfilling. I love every minute getting to plan and work with the girls in my troop, to see how they have grown through the years from Brownies all the way up to Cadettes where I lead now. I love seeing how they have learned to work through problems, how to work together as well as gain confidence in themselves. I am very passionate about Girl Scouts, what the organization stands for as well as my roles within the Girl Scouting community.  If I can impact even one girl in a postive way then I consider my time as a volunteer a huge success.

March - Jennifer Firkins-Toso

    The reason I volunteer with Girl Scouts is because I feel that personally they embody the morals and beliefs I stand for; the advocacy for equality, advancing civil rights, civil liberties, as well as the empowerment for people with disabilities.  For me, I feel a strong obligation to bring awareness to girls and young women by educating them how to better understand people with disabilities. By bridging the gap between my beautiful daughter Isadora despite those who may perceive her as being “different”. Doing good out of the selflessness of yourself for others is what my family and our troop strives for. It’s our proactive way of doing something to make the world a better place. 

    On top of all that, I love everything about Girl Scouts, from crafts, to the life skills, the beautiful friendships that form, and social skills they gain. Girl Scout is all about leadership, helping our community from its lows to it’s highs. No matter how far you’ve fallen or who you are, the Girl Scouts will be there for you; the cookies aren’t so bad either.  My troop is unique in that we bring a different kind of strength that many go their whole life without understanding. By embracing our differences, it helps to inspire a space where girls can be the best version of themselves. Disability or difference does not mean you can’t help in your own way - or even in a better way. Our co-leader happens to be a nurse; affirming our troop is not only a compassionate group but a safe one as well. We have created a space that has helped to reinstate how the girls can go at their own pace.

    My advice to other Girls Scout troops that have girls with special needs is to be caring and supportive, just as you would any other girl. All children desire to feel loved so that they can have their own opportunities in life. Having children with disabilities in our group has taught them people-first language, showing them how to acknowledge someone as who they are first rather than what their differences is first. It has taught our Girl Scout’s how to navigate a sometimes-unforgiving world with a more compassionate sentiment for those who are often ignored or discriminated against. To create a better future for not just young girls, but for people of all walks of life that they touch with compassion and kindness. Our differences are the very core of uniqueness to each and every individual.

May - Jeanette Skow

“I first started volunteering with Girl Scouts because by daughter’s Daisy troop was desperate for a new leader. It brought me so much joy to help her get involved with such an empowering organization. 10 years later, I volunteer for ALL the girls. It is such an enriching experience to see girls grow into their own, whether it’s over a year or over several years. Helping girls build their confidence, try new things, and make an impact is so rewarding. The thing I love most about Girl Scouts is how it has also helped me to do the same. Although I have had a very full and successful career, there are so many things I personally would not have done if not for being a Girl Scout leader. Girl Scouts has had such a profound impact on my life, that over the 10 years of being a volunteer I have found ways to give back more and more, serving in multiple roles, reaching more girls, and even donating what I can because I believe in the mission. I am so proud to be a Girl Scout mother and Girl Scout volunteer.”