Laurel award

This award is given to adult members of Girlguiding, or a Branch Association, in recognition of outstanding service to guiding

The Laurel award celebrates exceptional service

Laurel awardAn award for active adult members of Girlguiding or one of the Branch Associations.

Award criteria

  • Guiding experience - the member should have held a number and variety of roles within their district/division/county or beyond. Within these roles the member should have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills and have been an effective team member.
  • Impact - the member should have made a significant contribution to supporting and developing guiding for both girls and adults.
  • Personal attributes - the member should be a person who is respected by their guiding peers, ‘stands out’ and has made a significant difference to guiding.

Guidelines for making an application

An application must be:

  • submitted without the knowledge of the nominee or their family
  • accompanied by a fully completed awards application form
  • accompanied by a copy of the member’s Guiding history report
  • accompanied by letters of support, no more than eight in total. If possible, the letters should not be repetitive and each should cover a different aspect of the nominee’s service. The letters should include the supporter's role/position.

Letters of support

Remember that the Awardscommittee can only base its decision on the content of the letters of support. These letters should:

  • be no more than two side of A4 long
  • state in what capacity and for how long the nominee has been known to the supporter
  • describe their personal attributes and what makes them stand out from others - try to give examples to build up a picture describing their special character and personality
  • describe their guiding service, giving examples of outstanding achievements
  • describe their influence on others – leadership skills, innovative ideas, inspirational work, stories from girls about what they have done
  • describe any specific event or project where the nominee has made an outstanding contribution
  • include facts and statistics where possible
  • describe any other aspects of the nominee’s life which are relevant to this award.

The application process

An application for this award may be initiated by any member of Girlguiding and the nomination needs to be discussed with the relevant commissioner.

Completed applications for the Laurel award must be submitted to the relevant country or region office or the chief commissioner for British Girlguiding Overseas (BGO) for initial consideration and approval. Applications are then submitted to the Girlguiding Awards committee for the final decision.

The Girlguiding Awards committee usually meets twice a year.

Make an application

Use the application form to nominate someone for this special award.

Christine (pictured left) County Commissioner in North East England

Christine (pictured left) County Commissioner in North East England

We were having a thank-you dinner for volunteers in our County when my Region Commissioner (pictured right) turned up and presented me with the Laurel Award! I was lost for words. I thought that there must have been a mistake, as only exceptional Leaders receive such an accolade! I was brought to tears when a Young Leader, who was once one of my Rainbows, talked about ‘how I put smiles on girl’s faces every week’. 

I’ve been a Brownie Leader for 38 years and started my Rainbow unit 20 years ago. I’m now a County Commissioner and I’ve organised many events for all sections. I’ve led trips abroad, including trips to Mexico and the USA. Helping girls grow in confidence and supporting fellow Leaders is so rewarding – it’s the reason why I love, and always will love, being in guiding.