County Commissioner Handbook

Recognising achievement

It is important that you recognise achievement within your area. This is good management and helps boost morale among volunteers. It can be done informally in a number of ways, from sending a ‘thank you’ card to making the effort to say thank you on the day.

Some Counties have their own awards and processes to thank and reward their members. Girlguiding also has a number of awards that can be given to members who meet certain criteria.

Role Description Skills
Thanks Badge Awarded to either a member or a non-member of Girlguiding as a sign of appreciation for their support. Any member of Girlguiding after a discussion with a Leader or Commissioner.
Good Service Brooch Awarded to an adult member for excellent service to guiding. The Chief Guide, a Chief Commissioner, County Commissioner or Commissioner for a Branch Association.
Long Service Award Awarded to an adult member who has actively carried out the role for 5, 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50 years (not necessarily consecutively).

The County Commissioner must establish when members in the County are due awards. In the case of a query about the length of service, the decision of the County Commissioner is final.

5 year certificate signed by County Commissioner.

10 and 20 year certificates signed by Country or Region Chief Commissioner.

30, 40 and 50 year certificates signed by the Chief Guide.

The Guiding Star Award Any member of Girlguiding (up to their 26th birthday) who has displayed exceptional courage or who has shown great initiative or responsibility at an incident. Nomination made to Girlguiding Awards Committee after a discussion with relevant Commissioner. Must be initially sent to County/Country or Region.
The Laurel Award Given in recognition of outstanding service to guiding to any active adult member of Girlguiding. Nomination made to Girlguiding Awards Committee after a discussion with relevant Commissioner. Must be initially sent to County/Country or Region.
The Silver Fish Girlguiding’s highest award. Given in recognition of outstanding and distinguished service and an exceptional contribution to a wide section of Girlguiding. Given to an active member of Girlguiding. Nomination made to Girlguiding Awards Committee after a discussion with relevant Commissioner. Must be initially sent to County/Country or Region.

Further information on awards can be found in the Guiding Manual.

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