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Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE)
Watch the video and then explore all the different aspects of the GSLE.  It is the basis of everything we do in Girl Scouts.  Bonus: Check out the background information under the ‘Ask Sophia’ section at the end. http://www.girlscouts.org/gsle/


Journey Resources
We have collected some resources just for you. This is a collection of some great tools that you can use to customize Journeys for girls.  Remember to personalize the Journeys so that they incorporate girl-led, learning by doing, and cooperative learning.

 

What else do you need to create a meaningful Journey for your Troop?  Contact Kelsi Ramdeo, Director of Volunteerism, or Aaron-Paula Thompson, Director of Program.

Community Award Certificate

 

Description

The Community Award Certificate formally acknowledges individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, schools, or other agencies who have given special or consistent support to Girl Scouting.  Recipients will receive a certificate recognizing their contribution.

 

Criteria

    • The organization or individual has given special or consistent support to Girl Scouting.

     

      Recognition Request

      For a certificate, fill out a Community Award Certificate Nomination Form.  Volunteer Advancement verifies the information.  Certificates will be mailed to the nominator.  Plan an appropriate presentation ceremony for the honoree.

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:
        Attn: VolunteerAdvancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

       

      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval.  Certificates will be mailed to the nominator.  Plan an appropriate presentation ceremony for the honoree. 

      Numeral Guard Pin

      Description

      The Numeral Guard Pin recognizes years of membership in any Girl Scout/Girl Guide organization.  This pin recognizes the total years of membership, including girl and adult years at 5-year intervals.

       

      Criteria

      • The candidate is a registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The candidate has been a member for the number of years indicated.

       

      Recognition Request

      For 20 or more years of membership, a  Numeral Guard Pin Request Form is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Volunteer Advancement. Volunteer Advancement verifies the information. All forms are checked against members’ self-reporting of girl & adult membership years in COMAR.  Please verify membership years in COMAR prior to submitting.


      For 5, 10, and 15 year pins, the candidate or a representative from the service unit may purchase the appropriate pin at GSCV’s retail shop. The pin may be presented at a service unit-level recognition event.  For 20+ year pins, the pin is purchased by GSCV and presented at GSCV’s annual Adult Award Ceremony.

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:    
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

       

      Notification and Presentation

      For 20 or more years of membership, the recipient will receive an invitation to attend the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.


      For 5-, 10-, and 15- years of membership, the SU or troop may purchase the pin at GSCV’s Shop and present it to the recipient at an appropriate ceremony; or, the recipient may purchase the pin at GSCV’s Shop.

      Years of Service Pin

      Description

      The Volunteer Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with Girl Scouts of the U.S.A. for her/his years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals (5, 10, 15, etc.). This pin differs from the numeral guard in that it represents the number of years an adult volunteer has actively provided service, whereas the numeral guard recognizes years of membership.


      Criteria

      • The candidate is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The candidate served as an adult volunteer for the number of years indicated.

      Recognition Request

      For 20 or more years of service, a  Volunteer Years of Service Request Form is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Volunteer Advancement. Volunteer Advancement verifies the information. All forms are checked against members’ self-reporting adult membership years in COMAR.  Please verify membership years in COMAR prior to submitting.

       

      For 5, 10, and 15 year pins, the candidate or a representative from the service unit may purchase the appropriate pin at GSCV’s retail shop. The pin may be presented at a service unit-level recognition event.  For 20+ year pins, the pin is purchased by GSCV and presented at GSCV’s annual Adult Award Ceremony

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


      Notification and Presentation

      For 20 or more years of service, the recipient will receive an invitation to attend the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.
      For 5-, 10-, and 15- years of service, the SU or troop may purchase the pin at GSCV’s Shop and present it to the recipient at an appropriate ceremony; or, the recipient may purchase the pin at GSCV’s Shop.

      Volunteer of Excellence

      Description

      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 (GSLE) through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCV’s mission delivery to girl and adult members. (Note: This award replaced the Outstanding Volunteer Award and Outstanding Leader Award in 2012.)

       

      Criteria

      • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The nominee has successfully completed a term of service and all requirements for the position.
      • The nominee has performed beyond expectations for the position to deliver the GSLE to girls using the National Program Portfolio, or
      • The nominee’s performance has been beyond the expectations of the position and has supported GSCV’s mission-delivery goals in one or more of the following functional areas: Membership Development/Community Cultivation, Volunteer Relations and Support, Program, Leadership and Governance, Fund Development, and Support Services (such as IT, Customer Service, Merchandising, MarComm).
      • The nominee actively recognizes, understands, and practices the values of inclusive behavior.

       

      Nomination

      A nomination packet is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. A minimum of two, but no more than five letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination. The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it.

       

      Examples of nominee

      • Over the course of a year, a troop leader works with her Senior/Ambassador Troop who plan and deliver two performance day camps, using content from the aMuse Journey, targeted to girls in underserved areas of GSCV. As a result, those areas have a combined total of 105 new Junior girl members and 6 new adult volunteers; 92 percent of the girls at camp also signed up for other opportunities during the year.
      • A college-student volunteer who was recruited by IT to help with data entry sees a posting on GSCV’s Facebook page encouraging recognition of volunteers on Leader’s Day. She sees an opportunity to use GSCV’s website to make this type of volunteer recognition easy and relevant for everyone to use. In coordination with GSCV staff, she helps launch a recognition page on the Web site that highlights real volunteer success stories and provides valuable information on ways to thank all volunteers throughout the year. As a result, 3,300 personal thank-you cards are sent to volunteers by GSCV leadership and staff, volunteers, parents, and girls in a year’s time. Nominations for GSUSA-earned awards also rise by 35 percent, and on satisfaction surveys, volunteers report feeling highly valued 22 percent more than the previous year.

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.


      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:    
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award within three weeks of the submission deadline. Service Units or other nominating groups will purchase the award(s) to be presented at their own recognition events.
       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to the Membership Manager/Adult Advancement no later than June 1, 2012.

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      In Person/By Mail:     Attn: Membership Manager/Adult Advancement
      Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
          PO Box 548
                  Mechanicsville, VA 23111

      By Fax:             (804) 764-3127

      By E-Mail         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award within three weeks of the submission deadline. Service Units or other nominating groups will receive the award(s) to be presented at their own recognition events.

      Appreciation Pin

      Description

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

       

      Criteria

      • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held, and made an impact on one geographic area with the GSCV’s jurisdiction.

       

      Nomination

      A nomination packet is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. Two letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination.  The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The Recognition Committee sends notification of the decision to GSCV’s Board of Directors for confirmation.

       

      Example of nominee

      At an event, a troop leader noticed that the diversity of the girls did not match the diversity of the community. She talked with GSCV staff members and found that they had identified a potential for membership increase among the Hispanic communities in her area. She partnered with the service-delivery team to create and implement recruitment strategies to reach both girls and adults and new ways of work to support new members. As a result, Hispanic girl membership rose by 14 percent and adult membership by 15 percent last year. While those new members participated in series and camps, 78 percent of them participated in troops.

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:    
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail        This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

       

      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award.  Shortly after notification to nominators, awardees will receive an invitation to the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.

      Honor Pin

      Description

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

       

      Criteria

      • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The service performed by the nominee is above and beyond the expectations for the position held and made an impact on two or more geographic areas within the council’s jurisdiction.

      Nomination

      A nomination packett is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. Three letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination.  The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The Recognition Committee sends notification of the decision to GSCV’s Board of Directors for confirmation.

       

      Example of nominee

      A facilitator realized that although GSCV created online courses and resources about the GSLE, at volunteer meetings she heard comments indicating that many volunteers still were hesitant to use Journeys to deliver the GSLE to girls. She worked with the Volunteer Management department to develop a GSLE Coach role, which would support all direct-service volunteers as they implemented what they learned in the courses and put Journeys into action. This role was piloted in four service-delivery teams where, after the first year, Journey sales increased by 30 percent; girls shared the impact of 14 new take-action projects via GSCV’s website; and the volunteer-satisfaction scores increased by 12 percent.


      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:    
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award. Shortly after notification to nominators, awardees will receive an invitation to the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.

      Thanks Badge II

      Description

      The Thanks Badge II honors a previous Thanks Badge recipient who has continued to provide exemplary service in a leadership role, resulting in a measurable impact that benefits the entire Girl Scout Movement.

       

      Criteria

      • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The nominee has received the Thanks Badge.
      • The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the whole of GSCV or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

      Nomination

      A nomination packet is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. Four letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination.  The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The Recognition Committee sends notification of the decision to GSCV’s Board of Directors for confirmation.

       

      Example of nominee

      After receiving the Thanks Badge, the volunteer from the Thanks Badge example was motivated by the success of the Take-Action Tree House project and submitted to present this best practice at a GSUSA conference. She then served for two years on a national task group to help educate and support all 111 other councils as they create long-term plans that integrate all council departments to implement the cap pathway to grow membership and deliver the Girl Scout Leadership Experience (GSLE) through Journey use.


      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:
        Attn: VolunteerAdvancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax:             (804) 764-3127
      • By E-Mail         This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award. Shortly after notification to nominators, awardees will receive an invitation to the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.

      Thanks Badge

      Description

      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 whole of GSCV or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

       

      Criteria

      • The nominee is an active, registered adult Girl Scout.
      • The outstanding service performed by the nominee resulted in outcomes that benefitted the whole of GSCV or the entire Girl Scout organization, and is so significantly above and beyond the call of duty that no other award would be appropriate.

      Nomination

      A nomination packet is completed and submitted to GSCV’s Recognition Committee, along with supporting documentation indicating how the nominee meets the criteria. Four letters of endorsement from people other than the nominator must be submitted with the nomination.  The Recognition Committee reviews the nomination documentation, then approves or denies it. The Recognition Committee sends notification of the decision to GSCV’s Board of Directors for confirmation.

       

      Example of nominee

      A volunteer saw an opportunity to use Journeys to increase membership in one of the GSCV’s target markets through the camp pathway. She helped the GSCV partner with local companies and groups to provide in-kind, financial, and volunteer support to build a Take-Action Tree House at each camp. She led a task group of girls to design and develop progressive programming, based on girl-led processes and Journey content, which culminated in take-action projects. The three-year project brought in 300 new Girl Scouts, a 5 percent overall increase in camp registrations the following year, 90 new volunteers, and new partnerships with 11 local organizations.

       

      Submission Instructions and Deadline

      Submit completed nomination packet to Volunteer Advancement no later than May 1, 2014.

       

      Packets can be submitted by one of the following ways:

      • In Person/By Mail:
        Attn: Volunteer Advancement
        Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia
        PO Box 548
        Mechanicsville, VA 23111
      • By Fax: 804-764-3127
      • By Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

       

      Notification and Presentation

      The nominator will receive notification of approval or denial of award. Shortly after notification to nominators, awardees will receive an invitation to the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Annual Adult Award Ceremony,  where awards will be presented by the GSCV Board President and CEO.

      Volunteer Recognition

      Girl Scout Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Girl Scout Movement. Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia deeply values its volunteers for their contributions in developing girl leaders. Girl Scouts of the USA established a formal recognition process to recognize registered adult members who have made outstanding contributions that are beyond the expectations of their position.

       

      Volunteers and staff across all departments and functions within the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia are encouraged to participate in the nomination of adults for these formal awards.

       

      Below is a summary of the GSUSA Adult Awards and recognitions. Detailed information of each may be found by clicking on the name of each award. Nomination forms and Endorsement Letters may be found in each summary and also in the Forms section of this website.

       

      The Adult Awards Committee will meet in May to review the nominations packets. In some cases, additional information is sought. In those cases, the nominator will be contacted and have 5 business days to submit the additional information requested.

      May 1, 2014 is the deadline for nomination packets for ALL of the Awards listed below.

       

      Appreciation Pin

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

      Honor Pin

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

      Thanks Badge

      The Thanks Badge honors an individual who’s ongoing commitment, leadership, and service have had an exceptional, measurable impact on meeting the mission-delivery goals and priorities of the whole of GSCV or the entire Girl Scout Movement.

      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 entire Girl Scout Movement.

      Volunteer of Excellence

      The Volunteer of Excellence award recognizes those volunteers who have contributed outstanding service while partnering directly with girls in any Pathway to implement the GSLE through use of the National Program Portfolio or who have contributed outstanding service in support of GSCV’s mission-delivery to girl and adult members. This award replaces the Outstanding Volunteer and Outstanding Leader pins.

      Years of Service Pin

      The Volunteer Years of Service Pin recognizes an adult member registered with GSUSA for her/his years of active volunteer service at five-year intervals (5, 10, 15, etc.).  This pin differs from the numeral guard in that it represents the number of years an adult volunteer has actively provided service.

      Numeral Guard Pin

      The Membership Numeral Guard Pin recognizes years of membership (both girl and adult years) with GSUSA at five-year intervals (5, 10, 15, etc.).

       

      Community Award

      This certificate recognizes individuals, businesses, organizations, churches, schools, or other agencies who have supported Girl Scouting over the past year.

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