Awards and recognition

Use our formal awards to recognise and celebrate your members and volunteers

Find the right award to celebrate the individual achievements of your team.

At Girlguiding we want to thank all our volunteers for their contribution to guiding - it's an important way to make sure people stay with us.

Awards are a wonderful way to celebrate the achievements of members and recognised volunteers in your team. You can use an award to recognise:

  • Commendable conduct
  • Outstanding and excellent service
  • Long service

Remember that formal awards are just one way to say thanks. Get more ideas for thanking and your volunteers and recognising what they do.

Thanks badge 

  • The Thanks badge can be either a brooch or lapel pin given to members and non-members of Girlguiding as a sign of appreciation for their support
  • Any member of Girlguiding may present a Thanks badge after discussion with a leader or commissioner
  • The Thanks badge may only be given to a member of the Trefoil Guild if they have given service specifically to Girlguiding

Good service brooch 

This brooch may be given to an adult member of Girlguiding or a branch association for excellent service to guiding. It can be awarded by:

  • the chief guide, for service to Girlguiding or a Branch Association
  • a chief commissioner, for service in a country or region (including British Girlguiding Overseas)
  • a county commissioner, for service in the county
  • the commissioner for a branch association, for service in a branch association

To be eligible for a Good service brooch the nominee must fulfill one of these criteria:

  • Hold a current member and recognised volunteer card
  • Have completed a role no more than six months before the application is made

The Good service brooch is silver metal with blue enamel. It is accompanied by a certificate.

Long service awards 

Any adult member who volunteers regularly, irrespective of role, gender or age, is eligible for a Long Service award. Service is counted from the date someone becomes a member, aged 16 or over, and actively carries out a role for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 years. Years of service don't have to be consecutive.

The Long service award badges and brooches have different designs, finishes and metals signifying the number of years. All are accompanied by a certificate:

  • 5-year certificate is signed by the county commissioner
  • 10 and 20-year certificates are signed by the country or region chief commissioner
  • 30, 40, 50 and 60-year certificates are signed by the chief guide

Brooches and badges may be worn on the badge tab or on non-guiding clothing.

It is the responsibility of the county commissioner to establish when active members in their county are due to receive awards and to present them appropriately. If there is any query about length of service, the decision of the county commissioner is final.

Discretionary awards

Members can also be nominated for the following discretionary awards:

Awards for branch association members

A branch association may recommend members for any of Girlguiding's awards.

Our Membership and Recruitment policy

This information about Girlguiding awards forms part of our Membership and Recruitment policy.