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Volunteer Appreciation

Girl Scout Volunteers work hard to create a fun and empowering environment for our Girls. They put in extended time and often work extra hours on top of busy schedules and hectic lives to bring the Girl Scout Leadership Experience to our Girl Scouts. Being a Girl Scout volunteer is a big but rewarding experience. Many go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of Girls. Our volunteers are amazing and we want to make sure they are shown the proper love and appreciation they deserve! Recognizing the volunteers who have shown outstanding contributions to our organization is the key to volunteer appreciation and retention.

Volunteer Appreciation Month 2022

Because of you, they shine. Because of you, they go on adventures! Because of you, they can do anything. When you take the lead as a volunteer, Girls discover that they too can take on leadership roles and change the world.

That's why National Volunteer Month is so near and dear to our hearts. Every April, we celebrate the powerful, life-changing contributions our volunteers make to Girl Scouts all year long. Because of you, we have community. Because of you, we have resilience. Because of you, we have Girl Scouts. So thank you from the bottom of our hearts for volunteering with us. 

Formal Recognition & Awards

Do you know someone who makes a lasting impact? Nominate them for an Adult Award! Nominations for awards must be submitted no later than May 23rd this year. GSNENY and GSUSA have a number of formal awards that many volunteers qualify for. Nominations for awards can come from Girls, parents, and other volunteers. 


Informal Recognitions

Looking for a way to recognize a volunteer in your life? Check out these easy informal recognition ideas: 

  • Personal handwritten note cards

  • Scrapbook

  • Flowers

  • Certificates

  • Framed photo or picture collage

  • Themed seasonal recognitions (hearts, shamrocks, stars, angels)

  • Fun awards (wishbone, funny bone, hats, gems and rocks, keys, puzzle piece)

  • One minute praise to say thanks during your Service Unit meetings

Leader Appreciation Day

Remember to celebrate Leader Appreciation Day on April 22!

Leader Appreciation day honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with Girls. Leader Appreciation Day falls into National Volunteer Month – which is all April long! Girls, their families, and communities should find a special way to thank the Girl Scout volunteers in their lives. Appreciation can be shown on this special day, in the month of April, and all year long!


Volunteer Dinners

Join Council and connect with other volunteers in June for our Annual Volunteer Dinners. These dinners are a great time to celebrate the hard work you have done this year, have fun with other volunteers, and be recognized through our Award Ceremony. 

2022 Volunteer Appreciation Dinner:

Central Region Volunteer Recognition Dinner - Hidden Lake Camp (

June 7, 2022

Capital Region Volunteer Recognition Dinner - Albany Marriott (

June 14, 2022

North Country Volunteer Dinner (

June 21, 2022 

When communities support volunteers, their contributions grow, and everyone wins! Let the world know how AWESOME your Girl Scout volunteer is—recognition starts with you. Check out our customizable letters you can send to your Leader! You can print them out and mail them, email, or shout them out on social media! For an extra celebration post your letter on social media and tag @GirlscoutsNENY to enter your leader into a drawing for a $5 Gift Card!