Girl Scout Leader’s Day, April 22, honors all the volunteers who work as leaders and mentors in partnership with girls. On this day, girls, their families, and communities find special ways to thank their adult Girl Scout volunteers.
The very essence of Girl Scouting depends upon the contributions of volunteers. Whether a volunteer contributes time because she or he loves working with girls, sharing a skill or any of a million different reasons, a heart-felt thank-you goes a long way towards making that person feel appreciated. The gesture doesn’t need to be big and grand — it can be as simple as a thank-you letter or a card signed by your troop or service unit/Girl Scout community team.
GSOC has developed a patch program your troop can do to appreciate your leaders. Once the girls complete the sections, they can go down to the council shop and purchase the patch.
- Daisies and Brownies Smore Volunteer Appreciation Patch Program
- Juniors and Cadettes Smore Volunteer Appreciation Patch Program
- Seniors and Ambassadors Smore Volunteer Appreciation Patch Program
- Click here to check out our Social Media artwork to use.
- Mail a handmade card with a thank-you proclamation signed by the whole troop.
- Display a thank-you poster on their lawn or mailbox or house door, and tie balloons to it!
- Place thank-you notes on their automobile at work and attach balloons to their car antenna.
- GSOC has some fun ideas to share on their website. Click here to go to the GSOC Volunteer Appreciation page.
- GSUSA has some fun ideas on their website too. Click here to go to GSUSA’s page.
- Thank leaders in person and wish them a good day!
- Present leaders with homemade gifts from the girls and their families.
- Hold an appreciation dinner at your home and get to know your leader like a friend!
- Make a financial contribution to GSOC in honor of your leader.
- Organize a special outing for leaders to relax at the movies, theater, sporting event, spa, etc.
- Give a mug full of chocolate hugs & kisses!
- Present volunteer appreciation certificates.
- In appreciation for time given by volunteers, give the gift of thyme. Decorate a terracotta pot, and plant thyme. Or give dried thyme, thyme in olive oil, or bread flavored with thyme.
- Give a festively wrapped Girl Scout Cookie box stuffed with thank-you notes from girls, families, and others (instead of cookies)!
- For more ideas, click here to check out our “Saying Thank You” Pinterest page.